Festival 2018

52nd Annual Summer Festival:
Tuesday 31st July – Sunday 5th August 2018
Tavistock Parish Church


Saturday 28th July 2018 – Exon Festival Chorus workshop day


Exon Singers Festival Information 2018

Conductor & Artistic Director:   Joseph Judge
Composer in Residence:               Russell Pascoe
Festival Organist:                            Josef Laming
Guest Artists:                                    The Marvolo Quartet
                                                                FIGO Ensemble
                                                                Megan Rickard

 

JOIN THE EXON FESTIVAL CHORUS
FOR THE C
OME AND SING WORKSHOP DAY
SATURDAY 28 JULY 11am-5pm, registration at 10.30am
Directed by Joseph Judge, with Josef Laming (piano)

The 2018 Festival will continue the development of the Exon Festival Chorus: come and sing selected anthems by Handel and Parry, in celebration of the 700th Anniversary of St Eustachius Parish Church, Tavistock. Including Handel: Zadok the Priest; Hallelujah (from Messiah); and Parry: I was Glad; Blest Pair of Sirens, together with a new commission by Cornish composer Russell Pascoe to a libretto by Anthony Pinching, The St Eustachius Triptych. A fun and stimulating workshop on 28 July led by the Exon Singers’ Artistic Director in preparation for a performance together with the Exon Singers on 31 July. Or if you prefer, you can just take part in the Workshop Day.

The Exon Festival Chorus (Come and Sing 2018) workshop day is ticketed separately to the Festival concerts. Prices are as follows:

Workshop & Concert on 31 July—£25
Workshop Day 28 July only—£15
Music hire—£3 or bring your own copies of the Handel and Parry, with the rest provided.

To book a place for the Exon Festival Chorus workshop day, please email comeandsing@exonsingers.org.uk 

 

FESTIVAL EVENINGS
Tickets £12 (under 18s free), for more ticket information please see here.

Tuesday 31st July, 7.30pm HANDEL AND PARRY ANTHEMS
Including Handel Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah from Messiah, and Parry Blest Pair of Sirens. A lively programme of familiar and rousing choral anthems by Handel and Parry, featuring the Exon Festival Chorus, commemorating the 700th anniversary of Tavistock Parish Church. The Exon Singers will provide contrast with music by Bruckner and Duruflé’s
4 motets. The combined forces will perform Composer-in-Residence Russell Pascoe’s new work, to a libretto by Anthony Pinching, The St Eustachius Triptych.

Wednesday 1st August, 7.30pm WOULD LIKE TO MEET….
Music by George Shearing, Toby Young, Rebecca Dale, Russell Pascoe and Ward Swingle. A light-hearted programme of jazz- and folk-inspired contemporary choral music on the theme of love. Featuring Will Todd’s catchy, spirited, then deeply moving Songs of Love, Shakespeare texts scored by Ward Swingle, George Shearing and Janet Wheeler, and Celtic sounds and superb arrangements by Rebecca Dale, Cecilia McDowall and more.

Thursday 2nd August, 7.30pm ALL SHALL BE WELL
With music by Arvo Pärt, Russell Pascoe, Philip Moore, Roxanna Panufnik, Sheena Phillips and Kim André Arneson. An evening of emotional words from times of distress, surrounded by heavenly music. This marks the centenary commemoration of  World War 1, but wider themes of human connection to conflict and loss, and the power of music, are explored. The Exon Singers are joined here by Festival Guest Artists, The Marvolo Quartet, with music by Roxanna Panufnik, Arvo Pärt, Philip Moore and Sheena Phillips.  

Friday 3rd August, 7,30pm BAROQUE DELIGHTS
Acclaimed baroque ensemble FIGO bring us a delightful programme of Sonatas and Arias for Violin, Viola da Gamba, Theorbo and Harpsichord by JS Bach, Buxtehude and Handel, with Corelli’s La Folia.

Saturday 4th August, 7.00pm HANDEL MESSIAH
G F Handel’s famous and magnificent resurrection oratorio. Performed by the Exon Singers and Festival Guest Artists, the FIGO baroque ensemble.
(Please note earlier start time.)

FESTIVAL LUNCHTIME RECITALS 1.00-1.40pm
Admission free, retiring collection

Wednesday 1st August – Josef Laming – organ and harpsichord
Thursday 2nd August – The Marvolo Quartet
Friday 3rd August – Megan Rickard – harp

FESTIVAL SERVICES
Admission free, retiring collection

COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT 9.00-9.20pm
Tuesday 31st July – Choir

Wednesday 1st August – Choir
Thursday 2nd August – Choir
Friday 3rd August – Congregational

SUNDAY WORSHIP 8.10am
Sunday 5th August, live broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Congregation to be seated by 7.45am

Featuring...

Russell Pascoe, Festival Composer in Residence 2018

A Cornishman, Russell Pascoe was educated at Helston School and Bristol University, where he studied composition with Derek Bourgeois. He has written for most combinations of instrumental and vocal forces. In recognition of his services to music in Cornwall, he was elected a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 2000.

 

Important earlier works include: Four Cornish Folksongs for voice and piano (composed for Benjamin Luxon) and later orchestrated; his opera The Murder of Charlotte Dymond, with a libretto by Christopher William Hill (1999); and his orchestral works The Martyrdom of An Gof (premiered at the Barbican, London in 1997); and Yseult of the White Hands (commissioned by the Cornwall Sinfonia, 2007).

 

Pascoe has developed a fruitful partnership with St Mary’s Singers, resulting in the commissions, Love’s Agonie (Three Medieval Lyrics) and Salmow Kernewek (Cornish Psalms), available on CD. His Pader an Arleth, a setting of the Lord’s Prayer in Cornish, ‘Lo, how a Rose’, Missa Brevis, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis  and Salutation Carol have all been recorded by Truro Cathedral Choir.

 

Recent commissions have included: Keskan I, celebrating 100th Anniversary of Cornwall Music Festival; ‘The Harrowing of Hell, a work for four soloists and organ, for Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary; a piece to open Truro Choral Society’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Keskan III which was premiered this June as part of the High Sheriff’s Concert in Bristol Cathedral.

 

In 2012 Pascoe was commissioned by the Three Spires Singers to compose the Secular Requiem, to a text assembled by Anthony Pinching. This substantial work (“outstandingly beautiful…, universal, and – ultimately – full of hope.” – Bel Mooney) was premiered in Truro Cathedral in March 2013, and had its London premiere later that year, proving popular with both choir and the capacity audiences.

 

2015 saw two more premieres: The song-cycle, Three Masks, One Face was commissioned by Truro 3 Arts, written for Marcus Farnsworth and Iain Burnside, and also performed by them at Truro College and St Endellion Festival, and the large scale Cantata, A Different Child, the third major collaboration with Anthony Pinching as librettist, which was a collaborative project for St Mary’s Singers, local school choirs, soloists and instrumentalists.

 

The partnership with Anthony Pinching continued in 2015 with the song-cycle, Three Masks, One Face, commissioned by Truro 3 Arts, for Marcus Farnsworth and Iain Burnside, and the large scale cantata based on the apocryphal legends of Christ,  A Different Child.

 

Russell is delighted to be the Composer in Residence for the Exon Festival and has enjoyed composing music for its concerts.

http://www.russellpascoe.co.uk/

Joseph Judge

Conductor and Artistic Director

Joseph is a highly versatile Conductor and Singer based in the UK. Director of the Hallé Choral Academy, he is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Exon Singers, Music Director of the Leeds Guild of Singers, Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral, Conductor with the Hallé Corporate Choir scheme, and regularly sings on live broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers. A graduate of the University of Manchester, he will begin studying for a Master of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018.

Joseph is in demand as a Countertenor, frequently engaged as an oratorio soloist. He was one of the eight inaugural Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), performing as part of an elite vocal octet throughout the UK and in Malta, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He continues to sing and work with many ensembles, including Siglo de Oro, Armonico Consort and Westminster Abbey Choir. He studies with Nick Powell, and has participated in masterclasses given by James Gilchrist, Harry Christophers CBE, Neil Ferris, and Lucy Schaufer.

Joseph has worked with Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Hallé Youth Choirs, St George’s Singers, Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, as music staff on NYCGB Courses and adjudicator for Jersey Music Service’s PwC Young Musician of the Year, directed the vocal recording session for the PlayStation 4 advert, The King, and conducted in the Bridgewater Hall as part of the Thank Hallé It’s Friday series. He is the founder and director of Turton Consort, who often broadcast live on BBC Radio and whose performances have included a highly acclaimed recital of Monteverdi Madrigals at St Ann’s Church, Manchester, and at the Whitworth Art Gallery for the opening of the Marcantonio Raimondi exhibition.

josephjudge.co.uk

2018 Festival Programme

 

SATURDAY 28th JULY 11am-5pm 

EXON FESTIVAL CHORUS WORKSHOP DAY

With Joseph Judge. 

Registration at 10.30am.
If you would like to register for more information, please email:

comeandsing@exonsingers.org.uk

Anthems to be sung by the Exon Festival Chorus include Handel Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah from Messiah, and Parry Blest Pair of Sirens and I was Glad, together with Composer-in-Residence Russell Pascoe’s new work, to a libretto by Anthony Pinching, The St Eustachius Triptych.

 

Tuesday 31st July
7.30pm HANDEL AND PARRY ANTHEMS
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Wednesday 1st August
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL – FESTIVAL ORGANIST JOSEF LAMING
7.30pm WOULD LIKE TO MEET….
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Thursday 2nd August
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL – THE MARVOLO QUARTET
7.30pm ALL SHALL BE WELL
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Friday 3rd August
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL – MEGAN RICKARD, HARP
7.30pm BAROQUE DELIGHTS – FIGO Ensemble
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Saturday 4th August, 7.00pm
HANDEL MESSIAH
(Please note earlier start time.)

 

Sunday 5th August, 8.10am
SUNDAY WORSHIP – Live broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Congregation to be seated by 7.45am