Exmouth Choral Society in Holy Trinity, February 2013
Our Musical Director, Laurence Blyth,
was educated at the University of Exeter and graduated from the Royal
Welsh College of Music with an MA in Choral Conducting in 2011.
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 on Mondays in Glenorchy Church and Hall on Exeter Road. Our
main 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 is good.
Members also have the opportunity to join in with the social events
that we hold during the year.
information: click to go to the
page on 'joining'
or contact the Secretary, Alan Thompson, on 01395
273491 or by
e-mail - click here
a review of the multi-lingual concert of April 5, 2014
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.
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.