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Holy Trinity Church,
Rolle Street, Exmouth
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Exmouth Choral Society in Holy Trinity, February 2013
Laurence Blyth was educated at the University of Exeter and graduated
from the Royal Welsh College of Music with an MA in Choral Conducting
At RWCMD he studied with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris,
supported by the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Foundation and the EMI Music
Sound Foundation. He has taken part in masterclasses with conductors
including Eric Whitacre, John Butt and Robert Dean, and spent time in
Germany at the Rundfunkchor Berlin International Choral Conducting Masterclass.
Past appointments include work with Exeter University Singers, Exeter
University Brass Ensemble and the Chapel Choir of Bramdean School. Recent
projects have included outreach work funded by Making Music as well
as a recording and performance project for iconic saxophonist Raphael
Laurence directs choral societies in Exmouth, Exeter and Wellington,
is a member of staff at the International A Cappella School and is an
alto Lay Vicar in Exeter Cathedral Choir.
He regularly leads workshops and rehearsals for groups around the South
West and has recently worked with the RSCM Voices, Reading Bach Choir
and the choir of Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury.
Visit Laurence's own web page
Exmouth Choral Society is a
mixed voice choir of approximately 60 members who rehearse during the
autumn and spring terms, for two concerts a year. The repertoire
is based around masses and oratorios. We
rehearse in Glenorchy Church and Hall on Exeter Road.
Our concerts are 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 for all choir members is good.
Members also have the opportunity to join in with the social events
that we hold during the year.
information: contact Alan Thompson on 01395 273491
e-mail - click here
a review of the concert of May 4, 2013
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
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. 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.
more of our history here
See also the lists
and of music
performed over the years.
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