Festival 2019

53rd Annual Summer Festival:
Tuesday 30th July – Sunday 4th August 2019
Tavistock Parish Church

 

JOIN THE EXON FESTIVAL CHORUS
FOR THE COME AND SING WORKSHOP DAY

SATURDAY 13 JULY, 
11.00am-5.00pm, registration at 10.30am
Directed by Joseph Judge, Sean Sweeney (piano)

Sing John Rutter’s joyful and beautiful spiritual cycle Feel the Spirit, and Moses Hogan’s arrangement of We shall walk through the valley in peace.

A fun and stimulating workshop led by the Exon Singers’ Artistic Director in preparation for a performance together with the Exon Singers on 30 July. The workshop will include vocal coaching, advice on technique and voice production, and musicianship exercises. Or if you prefer, you can just take part in the Workshop Day.

Download the Workshop Day flyer here

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

 

Exon Singers Festival Information 2019

Full details can be downloaded here. 

Conductor & Artistic Director:   Joseph Judge
Festival Organist:                             Alan Horsey
Guest Artists:                                     Olivia HamblynThe Chadbond Quartet

 

FESTIVAL EVENINGS
Tickets £12 (under 18s free)

Tuesday 30th July, 7.30pm
FEEL THE SPIRIT
Exon Singers, Exon Festival Chorus, Alan Horsey
John Rutter’s joyful setting of popular Afro-American Spirituals, contrasted with the calm of Finzi’s 7 Partsong settings by Robert Bridges.
With Olivia Hamblyn, Mezzo.

Wednesday 31st July, 7.30pm
TOTA PULCHRA ES
Exon Singers
Gorgeous Renaissance polyphony – Byrd’s 5-part Mass and motets by Sheppard, Tallis and Taverner.

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST, 7.30pm
AMERICAN NOCTURNES
Exon Singers, Chadbond Quartet, Alan Horsey
American composers of the 20th Century treat us to an
evening of expressive melody and colourful harmony, with Eric Whitacre’s 5 Hebrew Love Songs, and music by Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen.

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST, 7.00pm (please note earlier start time)
LIVE RECORDING OF CHORAL EVENSONG
For BBC Radio 3. Exon Singers, Alan Horsey
Admission free, retiring collection
Please note earlier start time. Congregation to be seated by 6.45pm.

SATURDAY 3 AUGUST, 7.30pm
A DROP IN THE OCEAN
Exon Singers, Alan Horsey
Favourite composers Bob Chilcott, Eric Whitacre, Percy Grainger and James MacMillan celebrate the sea, capped by Richard Rodney Bennett’s Sea Change

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

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY       Olivia Hamblyn, Mezzo
THURSDAY 1 AUGUST       The Chadbond Quartet
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST               Recital

FESTIVAL SERVICES
Admission free, retiring collection

COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT 9.00-9.20pm
Tuesday 30th July

Wednesday 31st July
Thursday 1st August 

SUNDAY WORSHIP-SUNDAY 4 AUGUST 8.10am
LIVE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 4
Congregation to be seated by 7.45am.

Featuring...

The Chadbond Quartet

Formed in 2018 at the Royal Northern College of Music, The Chadbond Quartet is comprised of four keen chamber musicians, who together and in other ensembles have performed in concerts and recitals across the country.

The quartet have a constant desire to evolve and during their studies have received tuition and guidance from eminent chamber musicians; including Donald Grant (Elias String Quartet), Petr Prause (Talich String Quartet) and Susie Mezaros (Chilingirian String Quartet).

A highlight of this year so far has been performing as part of Haydn’s Seven Last Words during RNCM’s Chamber Music Festival.

Alan Horsey – Festival Organist

Alan Horsey is the Accompanist to the Leeds Philharmonic Choir and the Overgate Hospice Choir in Halifax. He has enjoyed a long association with the St.Peter’s Singers of Leeds, the Sheffield Bach Society, Doncaster Choral Society and the Bradford Festival Choral Society. From 1996 until 2015 he was the Conductor of Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies. As an orchestral organist and harpsichordist he has appeared with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, RLPO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Airedale Symphony and the Manchester Camerata. He appears regularly with the Manchester Concert Orchestra specialising in celeste, synthesiser, piano and organ.

Olivia Hamblyn – Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Hamblyn is currently completing her under graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under principal vocal tutor, Louise Winter. Recent solo repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit, Beethoven’s Mass in C major and Vaughan William’s Serenade of Music.

Olivia frequently appears in the RNCM opera productions, performing recently in Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’- where she is due to  play the cover of PickThank.

Alongside her solo engagements Olivia frequently performs a diverse range of music with choirs and ensembles around the country including: the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Hallé Choir, RNCM Chamber Choir and Kantos Chamber Choir. Olivia is also a founding member of newly formed, Manchester based vocal octet ‘Manchester Vox’.  Recent performances with these ensembles include: a new composition by Anna Meredith performed at the opening night of this year’s BBC Proms; Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ conducted by Sir Simon Rattle accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic; the world premiere of Rebecca Dale’s ‘Requiem for My Mother’, later recorded alongside the Liverpool Philharmonic; accompanying Snow Patrol during a live performance of ‘Run’ on this year’s Sports Relief; Fauré’s Requiem and Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ with the RNCM Chamber Choir.

Olivia has recorded many choral pieces with these ensembles working with both Decca Classics and the Hallé recording label.

Olivia also volunteers in engagements with young children in the hopes that she can venture into work with children and young adults in the future. Such engagements include, assisting with the school choir at Wilmslow Preparatory School and helping with the RNCM Children’s Opera Project where Olivia went into underprivileged schools to help the children create their own story and to compose their own music. This was then showcased in a matinee and evening performance in the RNCM Opera Theatre, in which she aided them on stage.

Joseph Judge

Conductor and Artistic Director

Highly versatile UK Conductor and Singer, Joseph Judge is Chorus Master of the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, a Hallé Associate Artist, Artistic Director of the Exon Festival and of the Leeds Guild of Singers. He is currently studying on the prestigious Master’s Conducting course at the Royal Northern College of Music, taught by Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, which includes assisting the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, and receiving masterclass tuition from leading conductors such as Sir Mark Elder and David Hill.

Joseph is in demand as a Countertenor, frequently engaged as an oratorio soloist, on regular live broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers, as a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral, and with a variety of other ensembles. He was one of the eight inaugural Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, performing throughout the UK and in Malta, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He studies with Nick Powell, and has participated in masterclasses given by James Gilchrist, Harry Christophers, Neil Ferris, and Lucy Schaufer.

Joseph has also worked with the Hallé Choir, recorded for Sony PlayStation, and conducted in the Bridgewater Hall. Also a passionate educator, he directs the Hallé Choral Academy, works with Hallé Youth and Training Choirs, as music staff on NYCGB Courses, and adjudicated Jersey Music Service’s PwC Young Musician of the Year. He is 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 an exhibition opening. Upcoming projects include collaboration with The Vine Quartet for a mini concert series of works for voices and string quartet, and his first Exon Festival saw a performance of Handel Messiah and a live BBC Radio 4 broadcast of Schubert Mass in G with FIGO Baroque Ensemble.

josephjudge.co.uk

2019 Festival Programme

 

SATURDAY 13th JULY 11am-5pm 

EXON FESTIVAL CHORUS WORKSHOP DAY

With Joseph Judge and Sean Sweeney (piano)

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

comeandsing@exonsingers.org.uk

Sing John Rutter’s joyful and beautiful spiritual cycle Feel the Spirit, and Moses Hogan’s arrangement of We shall walk through the valley in peace. 

 

 

Tuesday 30th July
7.30pm FEEL THE SPIRIT
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Wednesday 31st  July
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL – OLIVIA HAMBLYN
7.30pm TOTA PULCHRA ES
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Thursday 1st August
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL – THE CHADBOND QUARTET
7.30pm AMERICAN NOCTURNES
9.00pm COMPLINE

 

Friday 2nd August
1.00pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL
7.00pm LIVE RECORDING OF CHORAL EVENSONG FOR BBC RADIO 3
Please note earlier start time. Congregation to be seated by 6.45pm.

 

Saturday 3rd August
7.30pm A DROP IN THE OCEAN

 

Sunday 4th August, 8.10am
SUNDAY WORSHIP – LIVE BROADCAST FOR BBC RADIO 4
Congregation to be seated by 7.45am