•    From Darkness to Light Open or Close
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    Saturday 12 November at 7.30pm
    Crediton Parish Church

    Voices on War & Reconciliation

    Guest Conductor: Andrew Millington
    with Abbey Brass
    Julian Rippon, baritone

    Michelle Hiley and Elmley de la Cour, percussion

    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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  •    Bach: Christmas Oratorio Open or Close
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    Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7pm.Please note the early start time.
    Exeter Cathedral

    JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio, sung in German

    Guest Conductor: Aidan Oliver
    with Devon Baroque
    Anna Patalong, soprano
    Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-soprano
    David 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

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  •    Choral Workshop 2017: Puccini Messa di Gloria Open or Close
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    Saturday 14 January 2017, 9.30am - 5.00pm
    Belmont Chapel, Exeter

    Puccini Messa di Gloria
    with panettone

    Director: Nigel Perrin
    Accompanist: 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 you can download and print a form.

    Price: registration fee £20.00 (£10 for under 16s & students)
    Score: Ricordi/Belwin-Mills 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.
    Refunds: please visit our website for details of our policy.
    Venue: Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

    About the day:

    9.30 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 until
    13.00 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 at
    14.15 and break at
    15.40 for further complimentary refreshments
    16.00 our cameo performance starts & runs until
    17.00 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.

    Further details:
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  •    Passiontide Open or Close
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    Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30pm
    St Peter’s Parish Church, Budleigh Salterton

    Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
    MacMillan: 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)

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