As part of the Hypatia Trust’s Women of Cornish Music: Past and Present, seven filmmakers were selected to profile women in Cornwall’s music scene. The documentaries formed part of a wider project funded by FEAST, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cornwall Heritage Trust and Screen Cornwall. Over the course of the project, a programme of events were hosted which explored and celebrated women’s involvement in music; volunteer research groups looked into archives around Cornwall, whilst composing and conducting workshops were delivered in partnership with the Cornwall Music Service Trust, aimed specifically at building girls’ confidence.
At an intimate screening at CAST, Helston, Small Groups Through Time screened alongside the other commissioned projects which profiled choirs, music therapists and musicians from across Cornwall. Small Groups Through Time, featuring Cornish folk pioneers Frances Bennett and Hilary Coleman as well as Frances’ daughter Cathy and her band Arbrevyn, delved generational links in folk music by depicting women at opposite ends of their journey’s.
Other commissioned filmmakers included Black Bark Films who profiled the 'accidental' choir mistress Vicky Abbott, and her role facilitating choirs in remote parts of Cornwall; Isabelle Morris’ insight into the life and music of Annabel Hockey-Smith, production company Bull and Wolf who looked at the joy of music and friendship within Stithians Ladies Choir; Ella Turner who worked with singer-songwriter Martha Tilston who rejected the intense scrutiny of women in music to live and work in Cornwall; and Biddy Lloyd who explored her mother's life as a community pianist.
The films were recently released online and available to view here.