Spring sunshine is starting make even the most Eeyore of us feel more upbeat – and so we have begun to make plans to return to singing. We hope to have some informal rehearsals in June/July, just to lubricate our vocal chords and make sure there has been no permanent damage from the extended period of inactivity. Then, we are looking forward to an autumn term with regular rehearsals and a probable concert in December.
With the success of the vaccine programme and low levels of infection locally, we can only hope that things will return to a semblance of normal within the next few months.
We hope to see many of you back in the audience when we can eventually put on some live music again.
Watch this space!
Although there is hope on the horizon, with vaccines being rolled out, it is still too early to rehearse together or plan concerts, so unfortunately we are still unable to make plans for next year.
We really miss singing together and singing for an audience. Most of us have found that online singing is simply not the same as singing in a group – that special something is simply missing. So, apart from singing to entertain (try the patience of…) family members and pets, most of us are resting our voices and waiting impatiently to get back together.
In the meantime, here is a picture taken at this time last year – an informal rehearsal photo. A reminder of what we used to do – without thinking twice about social distancing – and what we hope to do again as soon as we can gather safely.
We are planning a performance of Messiah on Saturday 5 December at St Matthias Church in Wellswood.
This oratorio must be one of the most well-known and enjoyed pieces in the choral repertoire. It is a celebration of glorious music, and we hope it will mark a celebration of our return to performing after the Covid-19 pandemic as well as a return to our “home” venue of St Matthias after its exciting renovation earlier this year.
It is impossible to make concrete plans at the moment, so please check later this year for more details. The Messiah concert is the only performance planned at the moment, but we would love to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Coronation Anthems in the autumn if circumstances allow.
Following Matthew Cann’s first very successful concert since taking over as Torbay Singers’ conductor, featuring the Durufle Requiem last November, he will be conducting the choir’s next concert which will include the Gloria, Vivaldi’s most popular and well known choral work. Also featuring on the programme will be Handel’s Coronation Anthems, all written to accompany the coronation of a monarch. The most famous of these is Zadok the Priest, which has been sung at every British Coronation since 1727, including Queen Elizabeth II.
The performance will feature professional soloists Daisy Walford, Ellie Sperling and Sebastian Field, and a chamber orchestra, leader Brenda Willoughby. This concert will take place at St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood,TQ1 1HW on Saturday 28th March at 7.30 pm, tickets £12 which can be obtained in advance from 01803 782677, 07813 582273 or on the door. (Free to under 25s in full time education).
Unfortunately, this concert was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We will endeavour to revive the programme at a later time.
Vivaldi Gloria RV 589 and Handel Zadok the Priest
Saturday 25th January 2020
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Exeter School Music Hall
Exeter School, Victoria Park Road, Exeter, EX2 4NS
COME AND SING!
We will explore aspects of vocal technique while working on selected movements during the course of the day. Our workshop will culminate in an informal performance from 3.15 pm.
Choral fee is £16 (£6 for under 25s in full-time education). Inclusive of refreshments in tea/coffee breaks. (Please bring your own lunch). Closing date for registration is 23 January 2020.
Please go to our registration page here Choral Workshop or send an email to email@example.com
We will confirm your registration by email.
Fees cannot be refunded if you cannot attend and your place cannot be allocated to another singer.
You can also download a registration form here and send it by post:
We are delighted to introduce Matthew Cann as our new Musical Director. Matthew started in September 2019 and is already challenging us with a beautiful programme of French music featuring Duruflé’s haunting setting of the requiem mass.
Matthew is extremely experienced in the world of church music, having started as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral. He has been singing and playing every since, studying piano and voice in Colchester where he gained a first in piano performance. He now sings as a Lay Vicar in Exeter Cathedral Choir as well as performing as a bass soloist throughout the region.
His teaching pedigree is equally impressive. Matthew gained a post-graduate diploma from Oxford and is currently a teacher at the prestigious Exeter School. When he is not singing and teaching, he conducts his own choir, “Antiphon”, which was founded in 2011 and has recorded two discs with Willowhayne Records. He is also a composer and has had an anthem broadcast on Radio 3.
This background, including numerous television appearances, radio broadcasts, tours and recordings attracted us to Matthew initially. However, it was his personal warmth and exacting approach to conducting that won us over. We are delighted that he has joined us this term and we can’t wait to see and hear how the choir develops under his baton.
Bach: St John Passion (sung in English)
with orchestra (leader Brenda Willoughby)
and soloists: Daniel Joy (Evangelist), James Oldfield (Christus), Julia Featherstone, Juliet Curnow and Guy Williams
conducted by Tina Guthrie
Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30 p.m.
St Mary the Virgin, St Marychurch, Torquay
Tickets £14 (under 16s free) available from 01803 782677 and 07813 582273
or email us.