Duruflé Requiem and other French works

The Torbay Singers will be delighted to introduce their new Conductor, Matthew Cann, at our next concert – a varied programme of beautiful French Music – the main work being Maurice Durufle’s Requiem, featuring Andrew Millington on organ, and Héloïse West soprano soloist. The concert will also include unaccompanied motets for choir by Durufle and Poulenc, and solo items performed by  Andrew Millington, Héloïse West and also Matthew Cann on piano.

The concert will take place at St John’s Church, Montpelier Road, Torquay on Saturday 30th November at 7.30, tickets £12 (free to under 25s in full time education) available in advance  from  01803 782677, 07813 582273 and at the door. Alternatively contact us here.


Parking near St John’s Church has been disrupted due to construction of a new hotel nearby. The regular access to the Harbour car park on Montpelier Road has been diverted via Museum Road, pedestrian access to the church is then directly onto Montpelier Road/The Terrace as usual. As a result you may need to leave a few extra minutes.


Save the date! We are planning a Come and Sing Workshop at Exeter School on 25th January 2020 on Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Zadok the Priest. We will send out booking information in the next few weeks.

Meet Matthew Cann – our new Musical Director

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.

From Dusk to Dawn

Our summer concert this year is a musical journey from the calm of evening to the dawn of a new day.

Including songs by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Cole Porter and others, the concert showcases some of our favourites from the past few years as well as some new pieces.

Join us for a calm, reflective evening of choral music celebrating the end of the day and the regeneration of each new day.

Saturday 15th Jue 2019, 7.30 pm

All Saints Church, Babbacombe, Torquay

Tickets £12 (free to under 25s in full time education)

You can buy tickets from Richards TV and Electrical, 108 Reddenhill Road, Babbacombe or reserve on 01803 782677 or 07813 58227 or reserve them online here

March 2019 – Bach St John Passion

JS BachBach: 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.

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