Exeter Festival Chorus: 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 in Exeter and the surrounding area. We have links with choirs in France and Germany, and have shared concerts with them both here and abroad.


We aim provide a broad range of music for our audiences, covering a 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 or you could look at our alphabetical list of composers, which shows the titles of their works and where and when we performed them.

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.  Under his inspired and dynamic musical direction, EFC has become one of the region’s most versatile and highly acclaimed choral groups.

However, after a long and successful tenure, we said a formal farewell to Nigel at a Zoom rehearsal on 10th February. We are sorry to say goodbye, and will be arranging a face to face farewell as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow. We’re now in the exciting process of recruiting a new Music Director, though this cannot be completed until we can hold auditions.