The Prince of Wales visited parts of the Duchy estate when undertaking public engagements in Devon and Cornwall last week.
His Royal Highness was in Nansledan on Thursday 22nd March to reveal the name of the development's new school which will be called Skol Nansledan in recognition of its Cornish roots. When it is completed in 2019, the school will be a key milestone for the development which is an extension to Newquay built on Duchy land and according to the principles of architecture and urban planning advocated by The Prince of Wales.
The Prince, who is known as The Duke of Cornwall when visiting Cornwall, spent time with contractors working on the school and unveiled a plaque as well as meeting members of the residents association and owners of the new Little Cornish Pantry which will take up the first commercial unit in Nansledan.
The following day, The Prince of Wales visited H.M.P. Dartmoor, a cateogry C prison built on Duchy land within the national park. Here, His Royal Highness watched a performance by participants of the Prison Choir Project who were joined by professional artists for the show which included songs from Bizet's Carmen and finished with a rendition of ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ from Les Miserables.
The project aims to find a way to rehabilitate prisoners, ex-offenders and people experiencing mental disorder through opera, song and choral music. Its founder, Adam Green, said the project was a wonderful experience for the prisoners. The professional musician added that it was a "huge honour" to perform in front of The Prince of Wales and show what they were doing in prisons, which was "an unusual environment to hear Carmen the opera". Of the prisoners' talents, Mr Green said: "They can really sing. I think they would stand up against any professional chorus.
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