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.
Date to be confirmed
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:
|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.
t 0845 600 5441 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)
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.
|Vice Chair; Membership Secretary||Jill Nickels|
|Assistant Membership Secretary||Nike Hariades|
|Committee Secretary||Sabrina Stolfa|
|Concert Secretary||Val Arndt|
|Concert Manager and Artistic Planning Lead||Kate Somerby|
|Friends and Patrons; Marketing/Advertising||Nigel Crane|
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.
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.