Canoryon Lowen is a mixed choir of 30 singers, based in the village of St Neot, but with members drawn from both Devon and Cornwall.
Formed in 2002 under the musical directorship of Nick Hart (Ilewydh Sen Neot), the choir performs music from a very wide repertoire, including classical, church music, rock ballads, spirituals and musicals - from Tallis to Tavener, Beatles to Broadway, and everything in between.
As well as local concerts the choir has undertaken a number of tours, singing in Prague, Venice, Cortina, Florence and Lorient; and recitals in Cobh, St Finn Barres (Cork) and Coventry Cathedrals. Among recent projects have been sell-out performances of new works including the community opera A Daughter's Tale, 'The Midwinter Cantata' , and as a collaboration with the Cornish band Dalla, A Story of Cornwall, which won the 2016 Gorsedh prize for composition and performance.
Audience Feedback "It was fantastic. I was completely overwhelmed by the performance. Thank you for one of the great musical events." "what an evening! We thought your choir was absolutely magnificent , and we all loved every minute of it - congratulations, the standing ovation said it all !" "the concert was wonderful; exceeded my best hopes really moving and seemed truly professional the whole programme was good, all of it we want to hear more I was amazed that 28 singers and 7 musicians could so fully [and effortlessly fill that lovely abbey"
"By now I should not be surprised by the quality of the arrangements your choirs sing nor by the variety in the repertoire and the precision and feeling in its presentation, but I thought that on Saturday this surpassed all previous experience." “… a wonderful programme of music … the audience were spellbound by the quality of the singing and the richness of the sound …sheer professionalism …” (Cornish Guardian)
Comme toujours, c'était magnifique, avec beaucoup d'émotions pour ces retrouvailles...
“The choice of music the finest I have heard…inspirational and yet so sensitive…” its wonderful to have beautiful songs written for me to sing and then, having the opportunity to sing them in an interceltic music festival in France is amazing! Luly lulay in the church is something I will never forget.
I would love to be in a choir when I am older but I doubt I'll find one as fun as Canoryn Lowen! Well I certainly wasn't disappointed! Everything I expected but double - well constructed, relaxed but totally professional, brilliant tone and some wonderful performance throughout.
The feedback on Sunday morning was fabulous. .... 'Best concert we've ever had.. Fantastic to hear the change of styles. ... . Mother and daughter piece just wonderful..... I want that seal piece on my eye pod.(sic) .... Loved the flash mob Hallelujah. ... Brilliant soloists. .... Africa section was amazing... We should learn that Chilcott..... Impressed no music and such attention to conductor... They all looked like they were really enjoying their singing... The Vicar summed it up 'The Bards were in town yesterday, and now we know why they're Bards!'