Meet WNO

Lowri Porter


Born in Cardiff in 1977, Lowri read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before studying with Howard Davis and Marianne Thorsen at the Royal Academy of Music. During her time at the Academy, Lowri was awarded the DipRAM prize and led the European Union Youth Orchestra. 

Lowri has been with WNO Orchestra since 2005. As well as regularly leading for WNO, she has made guest appearances as Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Before joining WNO, she was Principal 2nd Violin of Northern Ballet Theatre, also playing regularly with the Scottish Ensemble.

Aside from her orchestral work, Lowri is a passionate chamber musician. She was invited to play at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival by the Gould Piano Trio in 2016, and on the concert platform recently gave a recital at St David’s Hall in Cardiff as part of their lunchtime series. She is also a dedicated member of the teaching staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Lowri has a keen interest in the science behind orchestral performance, and gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in 2020. In her role as Co-Leader, Lowri instigated a group of musicians from the Orchestra whose role it was to come up with initiatives around the wellbeing of WNO's instrumentalists: this led to the Orchestra completing online sessions in Alexander Technique, the parallels between elite sport and elite performance and physical/mental wellbeing sessions.

Lowri’s personal highlights with WNO so far have included a televised performance of Die Meistersinger at the BBC Proms, an electric performance of the Prokofiev Classical Symphony in one of the ‘self-drive’ concerts at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and her first Der Rosenkavalier performances in 2017, an opera which she describes as: 'top of the bucket list for my whole time here, and was a real thrill'.

Lowri plays on a Testore violin, kindly loaned to her by an anonymous donor.