•    Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Open or Close
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    Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in summer.” Sergei Rachmaninov

    Our first concert of the 2018 season is an immersive experience evoking the ancient musical traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. The choir processes by candlelight, beneath the dark vaults of Exeter’s imposing mediaeval cathedral, chanting in Old Church Slavonic.

    The rich sounds and deep harmonies of the Liturgy could only have been composed by Rachmaninov. Less flamboyant than his Vespers, the Liturgy, nevertheless, has great warmth and a moving humanity.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online tab at the top of this page.
    Nave: £28, £23, £20 (reserved)
    Limited seating available in side aisles*: £14 front, £7 rear
    *many with restricted view
    Special Anniversary discounts for Students and Children: Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1
    Where a disabled person requires an attendant to be able to come to our events, we will be pleased to provide a complimentary ticket for the attendant. Please call us on 0845 600 5441 to take up this facility.

    Tickets may also be booked by phone through TicketSource: 0333 666 3366.
    Lines are open 9am-7pm weekdays (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-5pm Saturdays. Calls are charged at national rate and are included in free minutes. There is a fee of £1.50 per transaction for this service.

    Tickets are also available in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter: 01392 665 885.

    There is a Group Booking discount of 10% if you buy ten or more tickets for a concert.

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  •    Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 Open or Close
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    Saturday 14 July 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
    The Lord Mayor’s concert, sponsored by the Bryan Foster Charitable Trust
    with
    Voces8
    The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
    Schola Exe (Devon’s County Senior Choir)

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “The end of all good music is to affect the soul.” Claudio Monteverdi

    The Vespers of 1610, with sackbuts and cornetts, will transport you straight to St Mark's Basilica, Venice. With its towering magnificence and rhythmic vivacity, interwoven with moments of tender reverence, this work is the ultimate showcase of the Venetian renaissance. The Lord Mayor of Exeter’s charity concert sparkles into life with the virtuoso period instrument group The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and the a cappella group Voces8. Completing the line-up is Schola Exe, a choir of Devon’s young voices.

    Exeter Festival Chorus has chosen this as the centrepiece of its 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online tab at the top of this page.
    Nave £30, £25, £22 (reserved)
    Side aisles*: £15 front, £7 rear (unreserved)
    *many with restricted view
    Special Anniversary discounts for Students and Children: Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1
    Where a disabled person requires an attendant to be able to come to our events, we will be pleased to provide a complimentary ticket for the attendant. Please call us on 0845 600 5441 to take up this facility.

    Tickets may also be booked by phone through TicketSource: 0333 666 3366.
    Lines are open 9am-7pm weekdays (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-5pm Saturdays. Calls are charged at national rate and are included in free minutes. There is a fee of £1.50 per transaction for this service.

    Tickets are also available in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter: 01392 665 885.

    There is a Group Booking discount of 10% if you buy ten or more tickets for a concert.

    Please click to learn more about Voces8 and The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

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  •    An Evening with J S Bach Open or Close
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    Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm in Sidmouth Parish Church

    An Evening with JS Bach
    Choral Motets and Keyboard Suites

    Peter Adcock piano
    Nigel Perrin conductor

    Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden BWV230
    Suite no. 6 in E major BWV815
    Jesu, meine Freude BWV227
    Komm, Jesu, komm! BWV229
    Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV817
    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV225

    “It is the special province of music to move the heart.” JS Bach

    Presenting two contrasting genres of Bach's genius, Exeter Festival Chorus performs four of his scintillating German motets, composed for the choir of St Thomas' Leipzig. These are interspersed with Peter Adcock playing two of Bach's charming and elegant French Suites, given by Bach as a wedding gift to his new wife, Anna Magdalena.

    Bach belongs to a time when composers were employees, usually of the court and/or church. Such positions brought responsibilities to compose to order for the regular round of services and ceremonial occasions. Yet within these boundaries Bach produced works of astonishing invention. While many of the choral motets were written for specific funerals, the keyboard suites gave Bach an opportunity to explore for himself, rather than for public consumption, how to stretch traditional dance forms.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online tab at the top of this page.
    £17 unreserved
    Special Anniversary discounts for Students and Children: Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1

    Where a disabled person requires an attendant to be able to come to our events, we will be pleased to provide a complimentary ticket for the attendant. Please call us on 0845 600 5441 to take up this facility.

    Tickets may also be booked by phone through TicketSource: 0333 666 3366.
    Lines are open 9am-7pm weekdays (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-5pm Saturdays. Calls are charged at national rate and are included in free minutes. There is a fee of £1.50 per transaction for this service.

    Tickets are also available in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter: 01392 665 885.

    There is a Group Booking discount of 10% if you buy ten or more tickets for a concert.

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  •    Peace on Earth Open or Close
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    Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    The Armed Man (excerpts) Karl Jenkins • Goodall • Parry • Willcocks • Favourite Carols
    with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Lympstone and guest artist Roderick Williams OBE

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “Someone once said I write spiritual music for secular people, and it was meant to be an insult. But for me that's a compliment.” Karl Jenkins

    100 years on from the Armistice of November 1918, which marked the end of the First World War, Exeter Festival Chorus commemorates this momentous historical event. We perform excerpts from Karl Jenkins' compelling work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which depicts the horrors of war but urges 'Better is peace...'

    With leading British baritone, Roderick Williams OBE, and the evocative and rousing sound of the Royal Marines Band, we take you through Advent to Christmas and the coming of the Messiah.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online tab at the top of this page.
    Nave £35, £28, £22 (reserved)
    Side aisles*: £17 front, £8 rear (unreserved)
    *many with restricted view
    Special Anniversary discounts for Students and Children: Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1
    Where a disabled person requires an attendant to be able to come to our events, we will be pleased to provide a complimentary ticket for the attendant. Please call us on 0845 600 5441 to take up this facility.

    Tickets may also be booked by phone through TicketSource: 0333 666 3366.
    Lines are open 9am-7pm weekdays (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-5pm Saturdays. Calls are charged at national rate and are included in free minutes. There is a fee of £1.50 per transaction for this service.

    Tickets are also available in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter: 01392 665 885.

    There is a Group Booking discount of 10% if you buy ten or more tickets for a concert.

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  •    Open Rehearsals Open or Close
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    We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 28 February 2018, when we will be working on music for our concert on Saturday 17 March 2018 in Exeter Cathedral: Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

    A further Open Rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday 16 May, when we will be working on music for our concert on Saturday 14 July 2018 in Exeter Cathedral: Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.

    We are happy to be flexible about a visit date, so if you are not able to attend an Open Rehearsal, it is possible for us to arrange a visit to an ordinary rehearsal.

    For more information about our open rehearsals please see this page.

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