Exeter Festival Chorus: About Us

Exeter Festival Chorus is looking to appoint a new, dynamic Music Director

Founded in 1993, Exeter Festival Chorus has built a reputation as one of the liveliest and most adventurous choirs in the South West. After more than 20 years of inspirational leadership, Nigel Perrin, the current Music Director, has decided that the time has come to pass on the baton.

EFC is an auditioned choir of around 65 members who usually meet in Exeter on a Wednesday evening during term time from 7:15 to 9:30pm. In normal times we stage three to four concerts a year in Devon (including concerts in Exeter Cathedral) and sometimes further afield, as well as a popular Exeter-based annual choral workshop.

We love to present music covering a great variety of musical genres and periods; we revisit standard works within the choral repertoire and explore new challenges from contemporary composers. We like to be stretched both musically and technically and, above all, we strive to set ourselves the highest standards.

We are seeking a dynamic choral director who has the vision and creative flair to take us forward, building on our distinct qualities and exploring new possibilities in these challenging times. The successful candidate will have experience of working with a top amateur choir and of conducting a professional orchestra and soloists; they will have a broad knowledge of the choral repertoire and the vision to compile innovative programmes. Within EFC’s charitable status we are expected to contribute to the development of choral music in the region and the music director will have a role in delivering this responsibility.They will work with a committee and répétiteur, be encouraging, have excellent communication skills and a clear directing style, and foster a creative and positive environment in weekly rehearsals.

Remuneration will be dependent on experience and subject to annual review.

If you are interested in applying for the post, please send your CV, together with a supporting statement which illustrates that you have the relevant skills and experience, to:
Jill Nickels, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 27th November 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and will conduct part of a rehearsal as Covid-19 restrictions allow.

About Us

Founded in 1993, Exeter Festival Chorus has gained a reputation as one of the liveliest and most adventurous choirs in the South West. EFC is a choir of around 65 singers, attracting people from all parts of the South West region. We perform with professional orchestras and soloists and aim to bring choral music of the highest quality to our audiences. Under the inspired and dynamic musical direction of Nigel Perrin, EFC has become one of the region’s most versatile and highly acclaimed choral groups.

Repertoire

We provide a broad range of music for our audiences, covering a great variety of genres and periods; we revisit standard works within the choral repertoire and explore new challenges from the contemporary musical scene. We like to be stretched musically and technically and, above all, we strive to set ourselves high standards. A glance at our Reviews will show you the sort of music we have been singing in the last few years.

Our musical director

Since 1999, Nigel Perrin, one of the country’s foremost choral conductors, has led the choir into many exciting ventures, improving standards and expanding musical boundaries in the process. His hectic national and international schedule involves directing a number of leading choirs, and he is much in demand as consultant and motivator to many other choral groups around the country. His workshops, singing courses and masterclasses are renowned both at home and abroad for the inspiration, fun and musical satisfaction he brings to singers.

However, after a long and successful tenure as Music Director, Nigel has decided that the time has come to hand on the baton. He will finish his regular association with us in January 2021. We shall be very sorry to say goodbye, and will be arranging a proper farewell as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow. We’re now beginning the exciting process of recruiting a new Music Director.