•    We may be locked down, but we can dream ... Open or Close
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    The Music Director, Nigel Perrin, and the Artistic Planning and Concert Manager, Kate Somerby, are devising an exciting series of concerts for our season 2020 - 21. Details will be announced on this page as the dates, soloists and programmes are decided.
    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.
    Booking is still open for our workshop in January 2021 - your chance to sing the parts of 'Messiah' that other choral societies do not reach, to have fun with other singers and to learn about Handel's best-known work.
    Please keep in touch.
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  •    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.

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  •    Open Rehearsal: 20 May 2020 CANCELLED Open or Close
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    We regret that we have had to cancel our planned Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 20 May 2020, when we would have been preparing for our cancelled Verdi Requiem concert in July but we hope that 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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