Exeter Festival Chorus: About Us

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 75 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. Click here to read the history of the choir.


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.

Highlights from the past few years

We have travelled to Russia and Germany to sing Britten’s War Requiem; we have collaborated regularly with overseas choirs in several joint musical projects; we have premiered seven major contemporary choral works in the South West; and last year we joined the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines in a huge gala fund-raising concert, where the world premiere of Adam Gorb’s Eternal Voices was performed.

Our musical director

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.

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