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Cornish choir celebrates the sounds of Christmas

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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Canoryon Lowen, one of Cornwall's most versatile choirs, pictured, present three very Cornish Christmas Concerts this month, including a new piece written for them by their director.

The mixed choir of 30 singers, based in the village of St Neot but with members drawn from Devon and Cornwall, will perform favourites such as John Rutter's Nativity Carol, the medieval Boar's Head Carol accompanied by a brass ensemble, and a new work by the choir's director, Nick Hart, entitled The Midwinter Cantata. The Cantata is the second major work that Hart has written especially for the choir following the sell-out success of last year's opera A Daughter's Tale, for which he was awarded a Cornish Bardship. The secular Cantata is a setting of a number of poems which describe the sights, sounds and feelings associated with this most important season of the year.

Canoryon Lowen perform at St Germans on Sunday, December 8, with the Liskeard Chamber Ensemble; St Neot at 7.30pm on December 19 with the Loveny Male Voice Choir and at Tavistock on December 20 with Canticorum. All performances start at 7.30pm. Ticket reservations on 01579 320683.

Little Red Hen takes flight to entertain the young

Stuff and Nonsense's delightful show for young families, The Little Red Hen, is in the Drum Theatre, Plymouth – an update on the nursery tale of the industrious female fowl who wants to make bread from scratch but can't get anybody to help her, beginning with the cutting of the corn.

Wizard puppetry is at the heart of this charming show, which runs until January 18.

Bennett's monologues come with a supper

The Dittisham Players will perform two of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues at the village hall this weekend, when the £15 tickets include a two-course supper. Bed Amongst the Lentils will be performed by Gina Carter and Lady of Letters by Sally Vincent. In Bed Amongst the Lentils, Susan is an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who distracts herself from her ambitious, and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband with an affair with a nearby grocer. Lady of Letters is the story of serial protester Irene, whose missives land her in prison.

Tickets from Gail Mosley on 01803 722633.

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