“A Cornucopia of Entertainment” is promised for this year’s Festival and the horn of plenty is certainly filled with delights to intrigue, fascinate, divert and enthral you. Music, drama, singing, poetry, photography, flower arranging, wine tasting and fascinating talks and walks all provide a varied programme for you to enjoy.

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Performances this year range from a piano recital by Shelagh Sutherland, renowned concert pianist who is returning to the Festival with a new programme of piano solos and anecdotes about her life as a freelance musician and tutor to jazz (with cider!) and the Journeymen playing blues and  contemporary rock. Choirs and brass bands add an extra fillip to our musical extravaganza.

The witty and irreverent tongue of Virginia Ironside, journalist, agony aunt and author, entertains us on the subject of “growing old disgracefully” Hopefully, she will wear purple too! A highlight for many will be a talk by Christopher Riddle speaking about one of the features of the Cornish calendar, the Royal Cornwall Show. He traces the growth of the Show from its humble beginnings as a ploughing contest in 1793 to the huge, diverse Show it is today.

If you enjoy drama then North South Theatre’s “Canvas and Rum”, a rollicking tale centred on the packet ships sailing from Falmouth, will entertain you. Shanties, superstitions and seasick sailors pepper this salty tale. Jak Stringer presents Dylan Thomas in Cornwall, a theatrical performance which delves into the early life of Dylan Thomas and the time he spent here in the 1930s. The world of films is represented by Sophie Neville, who, as a child, starred in Swallows and Amazons. She recently advised on the remake of the film and will take us behind the scenes before a showing of the first version.

For the wine buffs amongst you and those of you who would like to know more, Louise Fitzpatrick, St Austell Brewery’s newly appointed wine buyer, will talk about the Company’s portfolio of over 750 wines, some of which we will be able to sample!

All this and much more is offered by this year’s Roseland Festival.

I hope you can join us at the launch evening for Members and Sponsors is on March 17th in the Millennium Rooms at St Mawes from 6pm to 8pm.

Andy Thomas