exeter festival chorus
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 Antony 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. These recordings range from the Call to Prayer to wedding music, from Rain Dances to war drums, with rain storms, cows and frogs thrown in for good measure!
David Fanshawe’s composition has such a range of musical genres that it defies classification. The choir sings the Mass in styles ranging from full-on jazz, with a relentless beat driven on by the awesome sounds of the percussion quartet BackBeat, to lyrical passages inspired by much earlier times.To complement this radically different approach to the Mass 100 images that Fanshawe captured are projected behind the performers, providing a unique aural and visual experience.The event lasts just 75 minutes, with no interval, so it makes an ideal occasion for younger people. With our Kids for a Quid offer for the 5pm performance, it could be a very different birthday party treat or maybe an indulgence for the grandchildren!
Ticket prices: £20 adults for both performances, £1 accompanied children & £10 students for the 5pm performance, £10 child/student for the 7.30pm performance.
Tickets for this concert are also available from Exeter Phoenix 01392 667080 (a transaction fee of £1.50 applies to card bookings) and Exeter Tickets 01392 665 885.
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We are holding our next Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 27 September 2017, when we will be working on music for our concert on Saturday 18 November 2017 in Exeter Cathedral: Dvořák's Mass in D and Duruflé's Requiem.
A further open rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday 28 February 2018.
For more information about our open rehearsals please see this page.
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Saturday 18 November 2017 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral
withErlöserkirche Chor from Exeter’s twin German city, Bad HomburgRebecca Smith, mezzo-sopranoJulian Rippon, baritoneAndrew 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.
Saturday 9 December 2017 at 7.30pm in Buckfast Abbey
Ruth Faber harp
Nigel Perrin conductorBritten: A Ceremony of CarolsPoulenc: Quatre Motets pour le Temps de NoëlChilcott: Advent AntiphonsPraetorius: In dulci jubiloTavener: Ikon of the Nativity and A Christmas Round
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.
Saturday 18 November 2017 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral
Dvořák: Mass in D
Saturday 9 December 2017 7.30pm in Buckfast Abbey
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
Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral
Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom