Exeter Philharmonic Choir
2023 - 2024 Season
Please have a look at the brochure, especially the Verdi Requiem Workshop - these are always popular - and the Come and Sing
A day with the Exeter Philharmonic Choir
On May 13th about 12 of us enjoyed a hard working day in Exeter with the Exeter Philharmonic Choir practising and then performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man.
It was very stimulating to work with Howard Ionascu, their musical director, and a large group of singers - although we could have done with more men!
Soloists came from within their choir.
The orchestra comprised percussion x 2, timpani, cellist and lead trumpeter. The rest of the orchestral parts were played by the very talented Stephen Tanner who had developed a supporting computer programme to his keyboard playing ( that’s about as much as I understood!) It was very exciting and Howard and Stephen recognised this may be the way forward as the costs of providing full orchestral support becomes ever more expensive.
Stephen recently took a rehearsal for us when Kris was prevented from attending.
If you have never been to a workshop, do consider one in the future. They are good fun, an opportunity to sing with a large, often semi-professional choir, and there is always something to learn from different musical direction.
Generally the Exeter Philharmonic and the Exeter Festival Chorus run an annual workshop and sometimes the Exeter Bach Choir as well.
St Peter's Church, Salcombe Regis - Good Friday
What a glorious day it was as a group of Choral Society members and parishioners provided the choir for the Easter morning service. The setting for the church is almost impossibly beautiful; the trees and flowers adorned the graveyard with a respectful peace and tranquillity that quite took the breath away. Nestled in a picturesque valley, the green hills framed the scene like a painting.
Apart from guiding the congregation with the songs from the hymn book, it was a complete delight to perform in four parts, "God so loved the world" and "O Sacred Head"
To hear these songs (not by us though) click the title below:
This hymn, thought to be based on a Latin original by the Cistercian Abbot of Villers-en-Brabant, Arnul von Löwen (d.1251), arises from the devastation of the Thirty Years War in Europe and written by the high-profile and well-loved preacher and hymn writer, Paul Gerhardt (d.1676).