We are delighted to welcome Andrea Brown who has been appointed as the new Music Director for Exeter Festival Chorus. Andrea has extensive experience in leading award-winning choirs and festivals across the globe. Exeter Festival Chorus is fortunate that its search for a new Music Director coincided with Andrea’s move to the South West.
Exeter Festival Chorus is in the unique position amongst our local choirs where we are not resuming our choral lives, but beginning a new era and eagerly anticipating Andrea’s leadership to take us in inspiring new directions.
To extol the positives from the last year, Exeter Festival Chorus has gained inventiveness and flexibility, online experience of making meaningful music, and we have largely retained a smaller number, but still cohesive, group of impassioned singers. We are looking to the regeneration of our choir’s future with a sense of reinvention to engage new members, seek out wider audiences and energise our current members, with Andrea Brown giving us a new artistic vision. In all our planning we have full regard for the COVID regulations, following Government guidance issued via the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the ‘Making Music’ website. We will be careful to address the concerns of our members and audience in our planning.
We invite potential new singers to get in touch – please see the details under the ‘Join’ tab.
In the meantime, you may like to read Reviews of our recent concerts, or to consult 'What Was On', the archive list of all concerts since the Chorus was founded in 1993.
EFC is happy to announce our first chance to sing to a live audience since December 2019 as we join with other musicians, on Saturday 9th October, to support this wonderful cause.
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Join us as we celebrate the return to live music and salute the Army’s role in supporting the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the Army were called upon to support the NHS and help to create a network of mobile testing units, build the Nightingale Hospitals (including Exeter), drive ambulances, deliver vital ventilators and organise Track and Trace centres throughout the UK.
Music plays a major role in the way many people overcome their personal difficulties. While this era has been bleak for many households, people still find joy in listening to music. We want to celebrate music and its ability to unite people in times of great hardship, such as during this pandemic.
We will be joined by world-renowned violinist Sophie Rosa, soprano Davina Hastings, organist Tim Noon, The Exeter Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Perry, the Exeter Festival Chorus with the St David’s Singers and Centre Stage Exmouth and BBC Radio Devon’s David Fitzgerald will be our compere.
More details and tickets are available from the Soldiers' Charity website.
Saturday 11 December 2021 at 7.30pm in Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter
Ruth Faber harp
Peter Adcock organ
Andrea Brown musical director
The long-awaited EFC concert offers a diverse range of Christmas music, bringing us from the darkness of Advent to the festival of light and celebration.
Featuring Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’, with Ruth Faber on harp, Errollyn Wallen’s ‘Peace on Earth’, the evocative ’Stars’ by Eriks Esenvalds and Bob Chilcott’s witty arrangement of ’The Twelve Days of Christmas’, this concert will scintillate and delight audiences anew.
Join us at our live performance, ‘On This Shining Night’!