WHO ARE WE?
Our Musical Director, Laurence
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.
Laurence's own web page HERE
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.
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 may find details of the concerts
since 1896 HERE
and of the music
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
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 from 1948 till 2009: Donald White
1948 to 1983 and Brian Northcott 1983 to 2009.
more of our earlier history HERE
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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