At a wake in a pub, a storyteller fondly remembers Cornish miner, Joe. Soon, a deeper story emerges about friendship, mischief and forces more powerful than man

That’s how Fault Lines begins, a chamber opera which is both haunting and playful and inspired by folklore, home, mining, memories, and mischief. Designed to be a collaborative experience, the audience is warmly invited to join in, to sing or play along – bring an instrument or just listen and enjoy the story…

Amongst a selection of traditional folk tunes, the performance also features Chamber to the Grave by Jim Carey, a traditional Cornish mining song. With music by Luke Styles and words by Hazel Gould, Fault Lines is a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra production in association with Tête à Tête and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, presented as part of Carn to Cove’s rural touring season.

Performances take place at Wheal Martyn, St Austell [6 Mar]; St Agnes Miners’ and Mechanics’ Institute [7 Mar]; Kresen Kernow, Redruth [8 Mar]; Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen [9 Mar].

Our Chief Executive, Dougie Scarfe OBE DL, said: “We’re thrilled to return to Cornwall with the full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this spring in a series of events and workshops for people of all ages. We exist to bring music into people’s lives, from the big, celebratory concert hall moments to the school assemblies, and workshops that support health and wellbeing. This spring marks our first full-scale residency in Cornwall since the pandemic; whether you’re looking to get involved as a participant, learn something new, or simply sit back to enjoy the music, we couldn’t be more excited to see you.”

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents 25 events and workshops throughout Cornwall from 4 March, ranging from performances and music education to health and wellbeing. For full details and booking information see here.