•    Exeter Festival Chorus, ready 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! Despite the sad circumstances that prevail now, since April the choir members have maintained a series of weekly rehearsals from home, directed online by our Music Director, Nigel Perrin. We hope to resume limited ‘in-person’ rehearsals as soon as we are allowed by the evolving public health regulations for the coronavirus pandemic. Because of concern for the safety of singers and audience, we have regretfully postponed a concert that was planned for November 2020, but we are keeping our options open for some smaller events as we approach Christmas – details will be posted here on our website.

    We invite potential new singers to get in touch during the summer and autumn – please see the details under the ‘Join’ tab.

    We have definite plans (to be announced soon) for spring and summer 2021, when we hope to welcome our friends, patrons, and audience to sparkling choral programmes in Exeter and Devon.

    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 for our workshop has been suspended until we can announce a new date in 2021- we want to offer everyone the 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 2021: Handel Messiah POSTPONED Open or Close
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    Date to be confirmed
    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.

    Bookings for this event will open when a revised date has been confirmed with Belmont Chapel.
    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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  •    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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Exeter Festival Chorus is a collective of some of the finest choral singers in the West Country working under the musical supervision of Nigel Perrin, a highly experienced conductor, chorus master, performer and recording artist.  

With a wide-ranging repertoire from Jazz to Early Music, the choir has a versatility of style and sound which makes it the ideal group for a wide range of events. Some recent hiring engagements have included a large on-pitch choir to lead National Anthems at the Rugby World Cup in Exeter, a recording of the National Anthem for the ITV Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2015 and carol-singing at the Exeter Christmas Market.

A link to recent concerts, which show the range of our repertoire, can be found here.

Hire the Choir

The choir can be hired, either as a 60-strong SATB or as a smaller group of 12-20 singers, for both recordings and events.

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Hire the Choir's Music Scores

EFC has a small but growing number of sets of vocal scores to hire out.  Most of these sets are of less well-known works, as typified by our innovative programming.  If you have enjoyed items at a concert and wish to explore any of these works with your own choir, please make enquiries to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the full list, availability and hire charges. A number of our vocal scores are already listed on the Gerontius website.

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