Exmouth Choral Society - President: Andrew Millington
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St Matthew Passion

February 11, 2017


St John the Evangelist Church, Exmouth

marking the Society's
150th anniversary

Exmouth Choral Society in Holy Trinity, February 2015


Our Musical Director, Laurence Blyth,

read music at the University of Exeter and subsequently graduated with a masters degree in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. At RWCMD his studies with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris were supported by the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Foundation and the EMI Music Sound Foundation. He also conducted in masterclasses with Edward Caswell, Peter Broadbent, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, John Butt, Robert Dean and Eric Whitacre.
Recent highlights on the podium include performances of Bach Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Mozart 'Great' Mass in C minor, Bernstein Chichester Psalms and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
As a countertenor, Laurence Blyth's solo performances have included Bach Magnificat, St John Passion and various Cantatas (Exeter Cathedral), Orff Carmina Burana, Kodaly Missa Brevis, Handel Messiah (Exeter University, Powderham Castle and Teatro Leal, Tenerife), Mozart Requiem, Haydn Missa in tempore belli (Exeter Cathedral) and Harmoniemesse, Vivaldi Gloria and Stabat Mater and Pergolesi Stabat Mater (Powderham Castle). He was previously a member of the cathedral choirs in Exeter and Truro.
Laurence Blyth holds conducting positions with Exeter Choral Society, Exmouth Choral Society, Wellington Choral Society and In Ecclesia. He is a member of the Buckfast Abbey Choir.

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Exmouth Choral Society is a mixed voice choir of approximately 70 members
who rehearse during the autumn and spring terms, for two concerts a year. 
The repertoire is based around masses and oratorios

We rehearse on Mondays in Glenorchy Church and Hall on Exeter Road.
Our concerts are usually held in Holy Trinity Church which has good acoustics for choral music.
Our concerts are usually held with orchestras and always with good soloists.
We have purpose made staging for the church so that visibility is good.
Members also have the opportunity to join in with the social events that we hold during the year.

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Our rehearsal accompanist - Sandra Jepps

Sandra has been our accompanist since 1995 when she answered our advertisement, in order to escape three toddlers!  She now accompanies two other choirs and is the organist at the Royal Marine Training Centre in Lympstone while teaching in a local primary school as her day job.  She obtained her music degree from the University of Huddersfield and her piano teaching diploma from Trinity College of Music.  She studied piano with Peter Donohoe and composition with Richard Steinitz.

Brief history of the Society

The Exmouth Choral Society was founded by William Vinnicombe, who was organist of Withycombe Raleigh Church, in 1867.  It was reorganised in 1896 by Raymond Wilmot and by 1910 the Society had performed 37 different works. We have records of the concerts since 1896. During the First World War concerts were abandoned but from 1920 to 1934 regular performances were given in the Church Hall, Exmouth.  However, support waned after that and no more concerts were given until 1937, when Archibald Marcom took over as conductor. There have been no further gaps in continuity of performances. 
The Society performed regularly during the Second World War and in the immediate post war period hosted two music festivals. 
We only had two musical directors from 1948 till 2009; Donald White 1948 to 1983 and Brian Northcott 1983 to 2009.

 Read more of our history here

See also the lists of concerts and of music performed over the years.

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Exmouth Choral Society is a Registered Charity No: 1087294