Exmouth Choral Society - President: Andrew Millington
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WHO ARE WE?

Our Musical Director, Laurence Blyth,
is the musical director of choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington, and of the Somerset Community Foundationís annual Sing for Somerset event in Wells Cathedral.
He was previously Musical Director of In Ecclesia (with whom he directed liturgical performances at venues including York Minster, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey), a member of the cathedral choirs in Exeter and Truro, and now sings countertenor in the Buckfast Abbey Choir and as an oratorio soloist and consort singer around the south west.
Laurence Blyth read music at the University of Exeter and subsequently graduated with a masterís 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 Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. Plans for the 2017-18 season include Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony in Exeter Cathedral, Bach Mass in B minor (chorus master) at Exeter Cathedral and a return to Wells Cathedral in support of the Somerset Community Foundation.
As a countertenor, Laurence Blythís solo performances have included Bach Magnificat, St John Passion and various Cantatas (Exeter Cathedral), Orff Carmina Burana, Kodaly Missa Brevis, Handel Messiah (University of Exeter, 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).
Visit Laurence's own web page HERE

Exmouth Choral Society
is a mixed voice choir which has grown to over 80 members. 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 small 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 social events that we hold during the year.

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. You can find details of the concerts since 1896 HERE and of the music sung HERE.
During the First World War concerts were abandoned but from 1920 to 1934 regular performances were given.  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 had two musical directors for 60 years from 1948: Donald White 1948 to 1983 and Brian Northcott 1983 to 2009.

 Read more of our earlier history HERE

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.

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