•    Open Rehearsal: 20 May 2020 Open or Close
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    We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 20 May 2020, when we shall be preparing for our Verdi Requiem concert in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 4 July 2020. Further Open Rehearsals will be scheduled during the 2020-2021 season.

    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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  •    Younger Than Springtime: 15 March 2020 Open or Close
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    Sunday 15 March 2020 at 6.00pm in the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

    Peter Adcock keyboard

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    …The birds are singing, the sap is rising - and to thoughts of love, the mind of man is turned…

    In Younger than Springtime we present a ‘feel-good’ programme of songs and music to entertain and appeal to all generations, and to celebrate the arrival of spring. It’s a lovely medley of music with a bit of everything, from madrigals and musicals to jazz and pop. EFC is proud of its versatility, showcased here with small ensembles and soloists from the choir interspersed among the full choir numbers.

    With lyrics by Shakespeare, Lennon & McCartney and many others, set to music by a whole range of composers - Carl Orff, George Shearing and Bob Chilcott among them - there really is something for everyone in this light-hearted programme of songs to lift the spirit. There’s a ‘world première’ as well - a medley of numbers from South Pacific specially arranged for us by Bernard Wight.

    Peter Adcock, our brilliant accompanist, will be in charge at the keyboard, with Nigel Perrin on the conductor’s podium, no doubt re-living - in certain numbers - his early years as top voice of the King’s Singers.

    Do come along and join us on Sunday 15 March at the Barnfield, Exeter’s great little theatre in Barnfield Road. Please note that the concert starts at the rather earlier than usual time of 6.00 pm to accommodate younger audience members. And there’s a full bar and café service before the concert and during the interval.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online icon at the top of this page. Online sales will close at 5.00pm but tickets will be available on the door.

    Adult £18, Student £5, Accompanied Child £1

    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 £1.75 per transaction for this service.

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

  •    Verdi Requiem: 4 July 2020 Open or Close
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    Saturday 4 July 2020 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Verdi Requiem

    Southern Sinfonia

    Gweneth Ann Rand, soprano; Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Turner, tenor and Keel Watson, bass-baritone

    with Bath Bach Choir

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    Unique among settings of the mass for the dead, Verdi’s Requiem has been called the best opera he never wrote. A big-boned work performed by large orchestral and choral forces, it is characterised by dramatic arias and choruses – ‘Verdi’s latest opera, in ecclesiastical dress’ as one critic dismissed it. Brahms, on the other hand, thought it ‘a work of genius.’ More fire and brimstone than compassion and consolation, the score pushes the orchestra, chorus and soloists into dramatic and wild extremes, above all in the terrifying visions of the Last Judgement in the Dies Irae.

    An outstanding line-up of operatic soloists (links to their websites below), the combined voices of Exeter Festival Chorus and Bath Bach Choir with the full orchestral colour of Southern Sinfonia come together under the baton of Nigel Perrin who will bring his inimitable theatrical flair to the evening in the glorious surroundings of Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 4 July at 7.30pm.

    Please note that this performance lasts for approximately 90 minutes, without an interval. The Cathedral will be selling liquid refreshments, which can be taken into the audience, prior to the performance.

    Each soloist's website can be accessed by clicking on his/her name:
    Gweneth Ann Rand, Alison Kettlewell, Christopher Turner, Keel Watson.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online icon at the top of this page.
    Nave £35, £28, £22 (reserved)
    Side aisles* (unreserved): £20 front, £15 rear
    *many with restricted view
    Special Anniversary discounts for Students and Children: Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £1

    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 £1.75 per transaction for this service.

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

  •    Choral Workshop: 16 January 2021 - Handel Messiah Open or Close
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    Saturday 16 January 2021
    Choral Workshop
    Handel: Messiah
    Belmont Chapel Exeter, 9.30am - 5.00pm

    Nigel Perrin director

    Peter Adcock accompanist

    Our annual choral workshop is an open invitation for singers from far and wide to join us in a day’s exploration and cameo performance of a masterwork in the choral repertoire. In 2021 we are tackling Handel's Messiah.

    We have never chosen Messiah for a choral workshop until now, partly because the work is so well-known; there are so many ‘scratch’ performances; and many, if not most, of the singers at the workshop will have it firmly in their repertoire. However, we aim to get right to the core of this celebrated piece of music in the 2021 workshop, working on some of the choruses which are less familiar or not often performed, together, of course, with the favourites. We will also all be having a crack at tackling the wonderful arias usually performed by soloists!

    The work is rightly considered to be one of the great masterpieces of choral composition, and is by far the most celebrated of Handel’s oratorios. The sheer physical pleasure of the music, together with its sense of joy combined with reverence, has truly stood the test of time. Come and explore its hidden depths with us!

    Price: registration fee £20 (£5 for children under 18 years and students)
    Score: New Novello Watkins Shaw edition
    Score hire is £3, payable at the time of booking.
    We ask for a £10 returnable deposit on the day.
    When booking online, please select the price for your voice part with or without score as appropriate.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online tab at the top of this page. Bookings for this event will not open until 1pm on Saturday 18 January 2020.
    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 £1.75 per transaction for this service.
    Tickets are also available in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter: 01392 665 885.

    Venue: Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

    About the day:

    09.30 Registration opens.
    10.00 We start the day with a selection of warm-ups before we turn to the work itself. The proceedings will be interspersed with practice of vocal technique and a plentiful supply of Nigel’s anecdotes.
    11.20 A break for complimentary refreshments, followed by further study.
    13.00 We break for lunch. You’re welcome to enjoy a packed lunch at the venue or forage in the many catering options in the nearby city centre.
    14.15 We resume our study.
    15.40 A break for further complimentary refreshments.
    16.00 Our cameo performance starts.
    17.00 Our day ends.

    Click to see a short video from our 2013 Choral Workshop.

    The Chapel is in the centre of the city. There is no parking at the Chapel itself, but paid public parking is available at Triangle Car Park EX1 2BL behind the Chapel or at Summerland Gate EX1 2LB opposite it. There are Park & Ride services; details are available here.

    Further details:
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