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Would you like to join us?

Would you like to belong to an excellent choir, sing exciting music, perform with professional soloists and orchestras, make new friends and enjoy social activities?

Below you will find answers to some of the questions you might want to ask.

Could I attend a rehearsal?

EFC is an auditioning choir, but you can join us – without the pressure of an audition – at an Open Rehearsal to get an idea of how we work.

We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 7.15pm, when we will be working on music for our 25 June concert: David Fanshawe's African Sanctus. A further open rehearsal is scheduled for 27 September 2017.

The emphasis will be on making the session enjoyable and accessible for our visitors, and the rehearsal will be directed by EFC’s inspirational conductor, Nigel Perrin. There will be no charge for visitors to attend the rehearsal, which will be held at the Maynard School, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to experience the fun, camaraderie and sense of achievement which is brought by singing a wide range of music, then you can find out more and book yourself a place at the Open Rehearsal. If you are not able to attend on that date, it is possible for us to arrange a visit to an ordinary rehearsal. Contact us by telephone (01395 275399) or by emailing our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What’s the commitment?

We rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings from 7.15 – 9.30 pm in Exeter. Members are expected to attend 80% of rehearsals prior to a concert and to prepare the music in their own time. There is an afternoon dress rehearsal before a performance on concert days. Occasionally, we hold an extra rehearsal for a special concert.

What sort of people are in the choir?

Men and women of all sorts and ages, from all walks of life. We encourage young singers to join us, even if only for one season, and they are given special subscription rates. Travelling to and from concerts outside Exeter gives us the chance to get to know each other better, as do our social activities. Some members get together for a bite to eat before rehearsals, or meet up in the pub afterwards. We hold informal parties after some concerts and arrange an annual social evening at the end of the season.

Who runs the choir?

Nigel Perrin ( is responsible for the musical standards and training of the choir. He auditions new members and works closely with the Committee, which is elected to oversee all aspects of the choir’s business and to help the choir to maintain high standards. Regular emails and newsletters are sent out to keep choir members up to date with the latest news and choir information is put on the members’ section of the website.

Do you hold auditions?

Yes, we do. We like to make sure that new members feel comfortable singing at the level required in EFC. If you can read music, sing in tune and are prepared to learn new music at home, you are ready for an audition. Re-auditions are held every three years, so one third of the choir is auditioned each year.

What kind of music do you sing?

We sing music from a wide range of eras and composers - from Bach, Purcell and Vivaldi to Gershwin, Tavener and James MacMillan, who is considered to be ‘the most significant composer of this generation’. The composers Karl Jenkins, David Fanshawe and James MacMillan have attended our performances of their works. The choir uses renowned soloists such as pianist Peter Donohoe, soprano Lesley Garrett, baritone Mark Stone and jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth. We sing with professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and sometimes a cappella. EFC also has very exciting concert planning in hand for our Silver Jubilee season in 2017 –2018.

Where do you perform?

We often perform in Exeter Cathedral, but also in other Exeter Venues. Sometimes we sing elsewhere in Devon - Buckfast Abbey and churches in Budleigh Salterton, Crediton and Exmouth, for example. We also travel further from home for special events and have performed in Coventry Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall. We have built close friendships with our twin choirs in France, Russia and Germany, and from time to time we are invited to perform with them, or invite them to Exeter.

What does it cost?

The annual membership fee is £170 (special concessions for students). There are also small music hire charges.

What do you wear for concerts?

Depending on the formality of the concert ladies wear long-sleeved black tops and long black skirts/trousers with accessories issued by the choir. Men wear dinner jackets, black trousers, white shirts and black bow ties, or occasionally open-necked black shirts for less formal concerts.


Why not give Jill Nickels, our Membership Secretary, a ring for more information or to arrange for you to come along to an evening rehearsal with the choir?

Tel: 01395 275399

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Choir members having fun with Lesley Garrett
Choir members having fun with Lesley Garrett
Open Rehearsal
Open Rehearsal
Open Rehearsal
Open Rehearsal
Nigel Perrin
Nigel Perrin, Musical Director