exeter festival chorus
Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Parish Church, Budleigh Salterton
MacMillan: Choral Sequence for Passiontide
Lloyd Webber: Pie Jesu
Whitacre: hope, faith, life, love
Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
Gregorio Allegri opens our concert with the beautiful, soaring simplicity of the Miserere, heard once by Mozart and instantly remembered, with the famous soprano ‘top Cs’.
Nigel Perrin has edited five of the choral interludes in James MacMillan’s monumental St John Passion into a Choral Sequence for Passiontide. Sung in Latin, these motets make powerful comments on the narrative of the Gospel story according to St John. Click to see Nigel talking about the MacMillan St John Passion during our joint rehearsals with Bath Bach Choir, when our two choirs gave the South West première of the complete work in 2013.
Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, from his Requiem, was written in memory of his father and Whitacre’s meditative hope, faith, life, love is dedicated to his wife, Hila.
Ildebrando Pizzetti ends our concert with his Messa di Requiem, composed in 1922, but returning stylistically to his beloved Gregorian and polyphonic traditions, reaching heights of supreme beauty.
Tickets £16 (unreserved)
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Sunday 25 June 2017
David Fanshawe: African Sanctus
Exeter Phoenix17:00 and 19:30
BackBeat Percussion QuartetMaureen Brathwaite (soprano)Conductor: Nigel Perrin
African Sanctus is the best-known work of British composer and ethnomusicologist, David Fanshawe. Described by Anthony Hopkins on BBC Radio 3 as “literally unique, both in conception and completion”, this ground-breaking and widely acclaimed choral Mass juxtaposes and interweaves the Latin text of the Mass with the traditional African music heard and recorded by the composer on his epic journey across Africa in the late ‘60s.
Ticket prices: £20 adults for both performances, £1 accompanied children & £10 students for the 5pm performance, £10 child/student for the 7.30pm performance.
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We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 7.15pm, when we will be working on music for our 1 April concert: Allegri Miserere, Pizzetti Messa di Requiem, MacMillan Choral Sequence for Passiontide, Whitacre hope, faith, life, love and Lloyd Webber Pie Jesu.
Further open rehearsals are scheduled for 7 June 2017, when we will be working on David Fanshawe's African Sanctus, and for 27 September 2017.
For more information about our open rehearsals please see this page.
Saturday 20 January 2018
Orff: Carmina Burana
Belmont Chapel Exeter, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Directed by Nigel Perrin, with accompanist Peter Adcock
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 2018 we are tackling Orff’s Carmina Burana, his settings of 24 mediaeval poems covering a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are today: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.
Under the compelling and inspirational guidance of Nigel Perrin, here’s your chance to get new insights into this wonderfully vibrant work.
Price: registration fee £20 Score: edition tbaScore hire is £2, 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.Refunds: please visit our website for details of our policy.Venue: Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
About the day:
9.30 registration opens10.00 we start the day with a selection of warm-ups in Nigel’s inimitable style 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 until13.00 when 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.We resume at14.15 and break at15.40 for further complimentary refreshments16.00 our cameo performance starts & runs until17.00 when our day ends
Click here 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.