•    Choral Workshop 2018: Carmina Burana Open or Close
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    Saturday 20 January 2018
    Choral Workshop
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Belmont Chapel Exeter, 9.30am - 5.00pm

    Directed by Nigel Perrin, with accompanist Peter Adcock

    This year's workshop is sponsored by RunbySingers Singing Holidays.

    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 (£5 for children under 18 years and students)
    Score: Schott edition
    Score 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.
    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 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.
    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 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.

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  •    Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Open or Close
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    Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in summer.” Sergei Rachmaninov

    Our first concert of the 2018 season is an immersive experience evoking the ancient musical traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. The choir processes by candlelight, beneath the dark vaults of Exeter’s imposing mediaeval cathedral, chanting in Old Church Slavonic.

    The rich sounds and deep harmonies of the Liturgy could only have been composed by Rachmaninov. Less flamboyant than his Vespers, the Liturgy, nevertheless, has great warmth and a moving humanity.

    Tickets will be available from 8am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
    Nave: £28, £23, £20 (reserved)
    Limited seating available in side aisles*: £14 front, £7 rear
    *many with restricted view
    Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £2

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  •    Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 Open or Close
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    Saturday 14 July 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
    The Lord Mayor’s concert, sponsored by the Bryan Foster Charitable Trust
    The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
    Schola Exe (Devon’s County Senior Choir)

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “The end of all good music is to affect the soul.” Claudio Monteverdi

    The Vespers of 1610, with sackbuts and cornetts, will transport you straight to St Mark's Basilica, Venice. With its towering magnificence and rhythmic vivacity, interwoven with moments of tender reverence, this work is the ultimate showcase of the Venetian renaissance. The Lord Mayor of Exeter’s charity concert sparkles into life with the virtuoso period instrument group The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and the a cappella group Voces8. Completing the line-up is Schola Exe, a choir of Devon’s young voices.

    Exeter Festival Chorus has chosen this as the centrepiece of its 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

    Tickets will be available from 8am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
    Nave £28, £23, £20 (reserved)
    Side aisles*: £14 front, £7 rear (unreserved)
    *many with restricted view
    Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £2

    Please click to learn more about Voces8 and The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

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  •    An Evening with J S Bach Open or Close
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    Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm in Sidmouth Parish Church

    An Evening with JS Bach
    Choral Motets and Keyboard Suites

    Peter Adcock piano
    Nigel Perrin conductor

    Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden BWV230
    Suite no. 6 in E major BWV815
    Jesu, meine Freude BWV227
    Komm, Jesu, komm! BWV229
    Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV817
    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV225

    “It is the special province of music to move the heart.” JS Bach

    Presenting two contrasting genres of Bach's genius, Exeter Festival Chorus performs four of his scintillating German motets, composed for the choir of St Thomas' Leipzig. These are interspersed with Peter Adcock playing two of Bach's charming and elegant French Suites, given by Bach as a wedding gift to his new wife, Anna Magdalena.

    Bach belongs to a time when composers were employees, usually of the court and/or church. Such positions brought responsibilities to compose to order for the regular round of services and ceremonial occasions. Yet within these boundaries Bach produced works of astonishing invention. While many of the choral motets were written for specific funerals, the keyboard suites gave Bach an opportunity to explore for himself, rather than for public consumption, how to stretch traditional dance forms.

    Tickets will be available from 8am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
    £17 unreserved
    Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £2

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  •    Peace on Earth Open or Close
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    Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    The Armed Man (excerpts) Karl Jenkins • Goodall • Parry • Willcocks • Favourite Carols
    with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Lympstone and guest artist Roderick Williams

    Nigel Perrin conductor

    “Someone once said I write spiritual music for secular people, and it was meant to be an insult. But for me that's a compliment.” Karl Jenkins

    100 years on from the Armistice of November 1918, which marked the end of the First World War, Exeter Festival Chorus commemorates this momentous historical event. We perform excerpts from Karl Jenkins' compelling work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which depicts the horrors of war but urges 'Better is peace...'

    With leading British baritone, Roderick Williams, and the evocative and rousing sound of the Royal Marines Band, we take you through Advent to Christmas and the coming of the Messiah.

    Tickets will be available from 8am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
    Nave £28, £23, £20 (reserved)
    Side aisles*: £14 front, £7 rear (unreserved)
    *many with restricted view
    Students £5; Children (under 18 years) £2

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  •    Open Rehearsals Open or Close
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    We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 28 February 2018, when we will be working on music for our concert on Saturday 17 March 2018 in Exeter Cathedral: Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

    A further open rehearsal will be scheduled for the summer term.

    For more information about our open rehearsals please see this page.

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