•    EFC Home Choir Open or Close
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    Despite the difficult circumstances during 2020, we held weekly rehearsals from home, directed online by Nigel Perrin. For a few weeks in autumn 2020 we were able to resume ‘live’ rehearsals in St David’s Church Exeter until tighter restrictions were announced. This meant we returned to online rehearsals which continued until Nigel formally retired from EFC on 10th February.

    In 2020 a 'virtual' choir was assembled from single voices singing at home, combining with Peter Adcock at the piano. These audio recordings have been augmented by a montage of photos of the 'real' choir in performance.

    Click here for the motet Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart

    Click here for the motet Dona Nobis Pacem by J S Bach.

    To keep everyone actively involved after Nigel’s retirement from EFC, we have been holding a series of on-line Masterclasses with invited guests. These have been a great success. In the session up to Easter we have:
    • Renewed the choir’s acquaintance with Scott Stroman who gave us some fascinating insights in rhythm and harmony in choral jazz;
    • Worked with Matt Cook (Director of Music, Millfield School) to prepare for a virtual video recording of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, which is now available on the Home page;
    • Shared in a fascinating exploration by Aidan Oliver of the history and form of Holst’s ‘Hymn to Jesus’; and
    • Learned from Tom Seligman about the history and development of western vocal musical notation and the way that this influenced performance.

    After Easter we will conclude this series with classes from international baritone Roderick Williams, local Exeter choirmaster and vocal coach Colin Rea, and Linda Hirst, of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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  •    Exeter Festival Chorus, preparing to sing together Open or Close
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    The photograph shows EFC in 2016, just before a concert at Dartington Hall – happy days!

    After our Masterclass series, we will begin to prepare for a planned informal outdoor concert (in a private garden) for Making Music Day 2021. We look forward to working with guest conductor Laurence Blyth on this project.

    We hope to complete the appointment of our new Musical Director in July, after which we can make detailed plans to welcome our friends, patrons and audiences to sparkling choral programmes in Exeter and Devon from December onwards. 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. To help with the development of measures, EFC has responded to a recent government call for evidence on the use of vaccination ‘passports’ or a negative test to allow attendance at events.

    We invite potential new singers to get in touch during the spring and summer – 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.

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  •    Open Rehearsals Open or Close
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    EFC is currently not meeting for rehearsals due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

    EFC is an auditioning choir, but we invite interested singers to attend Open Rehearsals (or ordinary ones) to get an idea of how we work.

    Dates and details will be published here when rehearsals are resumed.

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

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