•    Duruflé Requiem & Dvořák Mass in D Open or Close
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    Saturday 18 November 2017 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    with
    Erlöserkirche Chor from Exeter’s twin German city, Bad Homburg
    Rebecca Smith, mezzo-soprano
    Julian Rippon, baritone
    Andrew Millington, organ

    Nigel Perrin, conductor

    We present two great works for voice and organ: the well-loved Requiem of French composer, Maurice Duruflé, written in 1947, and the Mass in D by Anton Dvořák, composed in 1887.

    Considered by many to be his masterpiece, Duruflé’s Requiem is based on Gregorian plainchants used in the Mass for the Dead and was conceived as a memorial to his father.
    In Duruflé’s words it “reflects the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending.”

    Dvořák’s Mass in D is the only one of his several masses that still exists. It was conceived for an intimate space and occasion; it is both lyrical and reflective of Dvořák’s love of nature and his confident belief in ultimate redemption.

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  •    A Ceremony of Carols Open or Close
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    Saturday 9 December 2017 at 7.30pm in Buckfast Abbey

    Ruth Faber harp
    Nigel Perrin conductor

    Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
    Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noël
    Chilcott: Advent Antiphons
    Praetorius: In dulci jubilo
    Tavener: Ikon of the Nativity and A Christmas Round

    Our winter concert, in the splendid surroundings of Buckfast Abbey, celebrates the Christmas story with a stimulating mix of music.

    Britten’s brilliantly conceived dramatic cantata, A Ceremony of Carols, was composed during his hazardous journey across the Atlantic in 1942. We shall be singing the 1943 version for full choir. Britten’s wonderful settings of Latin and medieval texts have a virtuosic harp accompaniment.

    Poulenc’s Quatre motets, composed in 1952, joyfully recount the Nativity story in his distinctive style of contrasts between austere textures and rich sensuous harmonies.

    The programme is completed by carols and four short works, three contemporary pieces and the other taking us back to 17th century Germany.

    To buy tickets please click the Buy Tickets Online icon at the top of this page. They are also available from Exeter Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter t 01392 665 885 and in person from Buckfast Abbey 01364 645506.

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  •    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
    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.

    Further details:
    t 0845 600 5441 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)
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  •    25th Anniversary Programme 2018 Open or Close
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    Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

    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
    with
    Voces8
    The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
    Devon County Junior Choir

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

    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

    Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral

    with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Lympstone
    and guest artist Roderick Williams baritone
    Nigel Perrin conductor

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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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