•    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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Members

All members have a unique Username which is often, but not always, their email address. If you are unsure of your Password or Username, please click on the 'Forgot Login?' link at the bottom of the 'Log-in/Log-out’ page and tick the relevant box(es). Enter your Username (if that box is shown) and the email address that the choir has for you on its database.

What should happen if you have forgotten your Password

After clicking on the 'Forgot your Password?' link on the Log-in page, you should enter your email address and a new password will be sent. You will receive an email like this:

A web user from http://www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk has just requested that a new password be sent.

Your New Password is:

If you didn't ask for this, don't worry. You are seeing this message, not somebody else. If this was an error just log in with your new password and then change your password to what you would like it to be.

  • Copy the new password from the email very carefully, taking care not to include any spaces at the start or finish.
  • Log-in with your username (normally your email address) and the password that you have just received. Do not accept the row of dots which automatically appears – this will represent the previously saved (and now obsolete) Password.

Once you have logged in, please change your Password to one that you will find easy to remember. This will help to protect the security of the site.

In the Members' Menu, click on the 5th box down on the right (Edit your password)
Click on Edit (Top left, below your name) and on Update your profile
In the Password box enter the new password that you have chosen
In the Verify Password box enter that same new password
In the Current Password box enter the password with which you logged in
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the blue Update box on the left

You should then get a message on the screen saying 'Your settings have been saved'

Troubleshooter:

The Log-out button appears when I click Log-in/Log-out
This means that you are already logged in and that you can access all the 'members only' links (such as Committee Minutes & Reports). Perhaps you forgot to log out of your previous session?

You don't receive an email with the verification code
Please enter your correct email address: a small spelling or spacing error will cause your email to be sent elsewhere. The email address must be the one held on the choir's database - if you are not sure, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Kath will check for you.

The new password does not work
Please check that you have copied and pasted the password correctly: it should not have any leading or ending spaces or full stop.

I don't know my Username
In most cases, your Username is your email address, but if you are unsure click on the ‘Forgot your Username?’ link.

You try to log-in but get a "Username and Password do not match or you do not have an account yet" message
This is most likely due to a spelling or spacing error in the Username or Password that you have entered. Please try again.

You have tried all of the above but it still does not work
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for the Username and Password to be reset and emailed back to you.

A final thought
It might be useful to print a copy of this Help page for future reference - you could even write your new Username and Password on it in case you forget them at some future time!

This section of the site contains information for members only.

Members should log-in by first clicking on the 'Log-in/Log-out link' in the Members' area. If the Log-out button appears, this means that you are already logged in and that you can access all the 'members only' links (such as Committee Documents).

If you have any problems during the log-in process, please click on the Log-in Help tab in the Members' area.