Celebrating 75 years of singing, 1943 - 2018
Diary dates 2018
12 October Time to celebrate! for choir and guests, St Stephen's Church, High Street, Exeter 6.00 - 7.30 pm
13 October Public exhibition 'Live and Vocal' with cakes and refreshments, at St Stephen's Church, High Street,
Exeter 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Helpers will be needed please. In aid of Guide Dogs.
23 October Half term, NO rehearsal
13 November Coffee evening, after rehearsal
1 December 2.30 pm afternoon rehearsal and 7.30 pm evening concert at Southernhay United Reformed Church, Mendelssohn's Elijah - using new Novello version edited by Pilkington
Diary dates 2019
8 January Rehearsals commence for spring term at 7.15 pm - please arrive early to pay subs and collect music
8 February 7 for 7.30 pm Quiz night, St Luke's Church Rooms
19 February Half term, NO rehearsal
12 March Coffee evening, after rehearsal
16 April NO rehearsal
4 May Afternoon rehearsal and evening concert at Southernhay United Reformed Church, Haydn The Seasons
11 May 12 for 12.30 pm Choir Lunch at Devon Hotel
See Laurence's blog which sets out resources for Mendelssohn's Elijah:
Mendelssohn Elijah - sits and stands Autumn 2018
Note that there are some significant cuts:
- No. 5 – end at letter C on page 25; cut from here to page 54, nos. 6-9
- Cut Nos 33-37, pages 156-177
- Cut nos 40-41, pages 188-198
p.1 SIT at beginning.
p.5 STAND 4 bars before the end of the page. Introduction leads into “Help, Lord!”
p.16 SIT at the end of the chorus.
p.19 STAND 4 bars before the end of the page (as the TENOR sings “God”)
p.25 Finish at letter C (add a pause), then SIT and CUT to p.54.
p.54 STAND at the end of the third line, just as the Allegro vivace begins.
p.75 SIT when we reach the 2nd line, 3rd bar (marked p)
p.77 REMAIN SEATED and all sing No.15 (marked Quartet)
p.78 STAND very quietly at the end of the page.
p.85 SIT as the aria begins.
p.93 REMAIN SEATED until
p.96 STAND at the recit. on the 4th line down (“Unto thee will I cry)
p.109 REMAIN SEATED
p.114 STAND 4 bars before the end of the page (accompaniment marked ff)
p.123 SIT at the end of the chorus.
p.125 STAND 2 bars before letter A (end of the third line)
p.135 SIT at the end of the chorus (wait until the accompaniment is finished)
p.144 STAND at the end of the trio.
p.150 SIT at the end of the chorus.
p.154 STAND at the end of the chorus.
p.156 REMAIN STANDING and CUT to p.178
p.185 SIT at the end of the chorus.
p.187 STAND at the end of the chorus and CUT to p.199
The Trustees ask that choir members should attend at least 75% of the rehearsals for any one concert if they wish to sing in the performance. Exceptions for existing members may be made at the discretion of the Trustees - please see your part rep or contact the Secretary if you think you will have a problem.
As the choir continues to grow, please could returning members who have missed a year or more contact the Secretary before returning to rehearsals. Thank you.
Ian Cartwright, Chair
Mark Davie, Secretary
Yvonne Foord, Treasurer
Thank you to those of you who kindly help with tasks including running coffee evenings, setting up our staging, box office and concert management to name but a few. Your help is greatly appreciated by all in the choir.
May 2018 - A celebration concert, the first in our 75th anniversary year
Music included Mozart Coronation Mass, Handel Coronation Anthems, Haydn Little Organ Mass
A glorious celebration with a full house! Our collections raised a very much appreciated £663 for Exeter, Mid & East Devon Samaritans. Thank you everyone!
November 2017 concert with our partners from Exmouth and Wellington - Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
At the end of an amazing evening in Exeter Cathedral, the retiring collections raised over £1300 for Exmouth RNLI - thank you to all our supporters for your generosity to this amazing charity 'saving lives at sea'.
May 2017 concert - Handel Messiah
Our collections raised a much appreciated £440.27 for SnackPack. We received many comments about how much performers and audience enjoyed the evening, our packed audience even giving us a standing ovation!
November 2016 concert - PEACE and GOODWILL, including Faure Requiem
Our collections raised £549.80 for Honeylands Children's Charity - thank you everyone!
April 2016 concert - Bach St John Passion
A very successful concert to a full house, superb music from our orchestra led by Julie Hill and much enjoyed solos from David Kimberg, Matthew Cann, Julian Rippon, Daisy Walford, Olivia Jane Gomez and Edward Woodhouse. Audience comments included:
"One of my favourite pieces and I thought the choir and orchestra did it full justice."
"I had the usual tingle during the penultimate chorus - terrific evening!"