Cornwall, as well as many parts of England and Wales, and a handful of
European countries, Four Lanes Male Choir has one of the highest
reputations for male voice singing. Membership currently stands at 63 with the majority attending the choirs
regular concerts throughout the West of England, as well as annual
contests in other parts of the country. It is not unusual to hear the
choir singing somewhere in Cornwall every other week throughout the
year, and at times arranging their own concerts either with a
professional soloist or with one of the other male voice choirs to be
found in Cornwall. The Choir was formed in 1944 with Wilfrid Brown as
their Musical Director who continued until 1969 when his nephew Ronald
Brown was appointed as Musical Director. It was 12 times winner at
Camborne and credible 6th and 7th places at the Llangollen Eisteddfod.
They also won the prestigious Elgar Festival
at the Magnificent Worcester Cathedral on two occasions, where
the chairman of the adjudicators - Sir David Willcocks -
complimented the Choir on "their beautiful rich tone". This was
all due to leadership and expertise of Ronald Brown who was the
Musical Director of the Choir for 35 years years from 1969 to
until 2011 We were directed by a professional and highly talented local
musician Alastair Taylor. He is recognised internationally as a pianist,
organist and baritone soloist.
In 1983 the Choir was presented with a special
audience award for the most enjoyable performance at the Sainsbury Choir
Festival in the famous Royal Albert Hall, with 20 choirs competing. The
Choir has been on tour to Brittany, Lorient Festival and Austria, and
arranged exchange visits with Nelson Arion, Silver Ring, Bath, Tredegar
and Bleanavon Choirs. In 2004 the choir celebrated its 60th Anniversary
with a spectacular concert in the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, and were
joined by the internationally famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White.
The concert has been described as the finest male voice concert ever
staged in Cornwall.
has had only 4 Musical Directors.
the Choir won at the International Male Voice Choir Festival in Cornwall
having competed against several other international choirs. It was
awarded the Best Cornish Choir and the Best British Choir at the
International Male Voice Choir Festival. On Saturday 13th November 2010
it maintained its good form as winner at the Camborne Music Festival. In
2011 Four Lanes again competed at the International Festival and gained
a worthy second place in its class and winning the trophy as Best
Now in its
69th year, a marked feature of Four Lanes Male Choir and its key to
success, is commitment, comradeship in song and the love of singing.
The choir motto
“Sing we for Pleasure - for One and All”,
is conveyed in their choral sound with conviction and sincerity
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