•    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.
    Liz Carrey
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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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Archived Workshops

Saturday 31 January 2015, 9.30am - 5pm

Belmont Chapel, Exeter

Music: Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

A chance to explore the finer points of this much loved work under the inspirational guidance of Nigel Perrin.

Director: Nigel Perrin

Accompanist: Peter Adcock

Registration fee: £20.00 (including light refreshments)

Buy TicketsYou can book your place(s) by clicking on the Buy Tickets icon to the left, or you could click here to download, print, complete and post the workshop leaflet.

Refund policy: we regret that no refunds can be given unless the workshop is sold out.

You can find out what a previous Workshop was like by reading or downloading the Report on EFC's 2011 Workshop – Israel in Egypt.

Here are some comments from people who attended a previous workshop:

" Thank you for organising such a wonderful choral workshop last Saturday. It was worth struggling through the snow in Sherborne to attend."

" Nigel Perrin brought Elijah to  life for me. I now find it a spectacular piece to sing."

" Having attended this workshop I am sure I will attend more in the future."

" Many thanks for a wonderful day out."

Registration: 9.30 to 10.00am
Early booking is advised, but it is possible to register on the day.

Fee: £20 (£10 for students)
The fee includes coffee, tea and light refreshments.
Lunch is not provided, but there are pubs, cafés, sandwich bars and shops in the immediate vicinity.
Score hire is £2, payable at the time of booking. We ask for a £10 deposit on the day.
When booking, please select the price for your voice part with or without score as appropriate.

Venue: Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB.
Belmont Chapel is situated in the centre of the city with plenty of parking nearby.
• Triangle Car Park EX1 2BL (open-air, behind Belmont)
• Summerland Gate EX1 2LB (NCP multi-storey, opposite)

There are also Park & Ride services: details are available here.
There is no parking at the chapel itself.

9.30am: Registration and coffee
10.00am: Session I
11.20am: Coffee, tea and biscuits
11.40am: Session II
1.00pm: Break for lunch
Lunch is not provided
2.15pm: Session III
3.40pm: Coffee, tea and biscuits
4.00pm to 5.00pm: Cameo performance of the work

If you have any queries, please contact t: 0845 6005441 or e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.