exeter festival chorus
Saturday 12 November at 7.30pm Crediton Parish Church
Voices on War & Reconciliation
Conductor: Nigel Perrinwith Abbey BrassJulian Rippon, baritone Andrew Millington, organ
Jonathan Willcocks: From Darkness to Light
Marion Wood: Futility
Henry Purcell: Music for Queen Mary
Eric Whitacre: When David Heard . . .
Howard Goodall: Lacrymosa
John Rutter: Gloria
Our concert opens with Futility, by the WW1 poet, Wilfred Owen, set to music by Marion Wood, former Director of Music at Exeter University. Purcell's Funeral Sentences, composed in 1695, for the funeral ceremony of Queen Mary, are recognised as some of his most sublime music.
The main work is Jonathan Willcocks’ From Darkness to Light, a requiem taking its text from the Latin mass in juxtaposition with the modern poetry of US Korean War veteran Ryland Baldwin.
"We have a promise of light that can overcome darkness. The dawn finally comes and leads to a new day.” Ryland Baldwin
Tickets £16, unreserved
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Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7pm Exeter Cathedral
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio, sung in German
Conductor: Nigel Perrinwith Devon BaroqueAnna Patalong, soprano Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-sopranoDavid Webb, tenor Benedict Nelson, bass
Exeter Festival Chorus is joined by internationally acclaimed soloists to perform Bach’s joyful and exuberant series of cantatas to celebrate Christ’s birth.
The work will be performed in German and played on period instruments by Devon Baroque, the renowned early music chamber orchestra.
You might like to visit Exeter’s Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green before entering the Cathedral itself for the concert, to hear Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – a profound and meaningful start to the Festival of Christ’s birth.
Tickets Nave £30-£10 (reserved), Side Aisles £10 & £5* (unreserved), *restricted view
Running time: approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with a 20 minute interval
Saturday 14 January 2017, 9.30am - 5.00pmBelmont Chapel, Exeter
Puccini Messa di Gloriawith panettone
Director: Nigel PerrinAccompanist: Peter Adcock
Under the compelling and inspirational guidance of Nigel Perrin, here’s your chance to get new insights into this wonderfully vibrant work. Tenor and bass soloists will join us to add to the overtly operatic feel of this exuberant work from a young (18-year-old) Puccini.
Festive Italian panettone will be served throughout the day!
We expect this to be a popular event; there is a limit on numbers and early booking is advised, either online or we can send you a form.
Price: registration fee £20.00 (£10 for under 16s & students)Score: Ricordi/Belwin-Mills editionScore 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
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.
Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Church, Budleigh Salterton
Pizzetti: Messa di RequiemMacMillan: Choral Sequence for Passiontide (edited by Nigel Perrin from the St John Passion)
“I have a love of liturgical music and, specifically, of the cool purity of chant”: MacMillan’s own comment on his inspiration.
Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem is the composer’s only venture into liturgical music. This work reaches heights of supreme beauty and displays utter confidence.
MacMillan’s St John Passion is an epic work of sometimes quite astonishing contrasts: beauty and brutality, harmony and discord, simplicity and ornate complexity. It captures in musical terms the full gamut of human experience. Nigel Perrin has edited the choral interludes which intersperse the narrative of the Passion story, into a Choral Sequence for Passiontide. Sung in Latin, these 'motets' make powerful comments on the main narrative of the gospel story according to St John.
Tickets £16 (unreserved)
Sunday 25 June 2017 at 7.30pm Beaminster Festival St Mary’s Parish Church, BeaminsterDavid Fanshawe: African SanctusConductor: Nigel Perrinwith BackBeat Percussion Quartet Maureen Brathwaite, Soprano “African Sanctus is literally unique, both in conception and completion”, Antony Hopkins, BBC Radio 3.African Sanctus, the best-known work of British composer and ethnomusicologist, David Fanshawe, has been chosen to open the Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts 2017. This ground-breaking and widely acclaimed choral Mass juxtaposes the Latin text of the Mass with the traditional African music which the composer heard and tape recorded during a journey up the Nile, from the Mediterranean Sea to Lake Victoria, crossing Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. In a truly innovative style, Fanshawe's tape recordings, dating from 1969, form an integral part of the composition . . . beautiful African sounds in counterpoint with Western choral harmony.