Founded in 1993, Exeter Festival Chorus has gained a reputation as one of the liveliest and most adventurous choirs in the South West. EFC is a choir of around 65 singers, attracting people from all parts of the South West region. We perform with professional orchestras and soloists and aim to bring choral music of the highest quality to our audiences. Under the inspired and dynamic musical direction of Nigel Perrin, EFC has become one of the region’s most versatile and highly acclaimed choral groups.
We provide a broad range of music for our audiences, covering a great variety of genres and periods; we revisit standard works within the choral repertoire and explore new challenges from the contemporary musical scene. We like to be stretched musically and technically and, above all, we strive to set ourselves high standards. A glance at our Reviews will show you the sort of music we have been singing in the last few years.
Our musical director
Since 1999, Nigel Perrin, one of the country’s foremost choral conductors, has led the choir into many exciting ventures, improving standards and expanding musical boundaries in the process. His hectic national and international schedule involves directing a number of leading choirs, and he is much in demand as consultant and motivator to many other choral groups around the country. His workshops, singing courses and masterclasses are renowned both at home and abroad for the inspiration, fun and musical satisfaction he brings to singers.
However, after a long and successful tenure as Music Director, Nigel has decided that the time has come to hand on the baton. He will finish his regular association with us in January 2021. We shall be very sorry to say goodbye, and will be arranging a proper farewell as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow. We’re now beginning the exciting process of recruiting a new Music Director.