2017 Programme

EXON FESTIVAL CHORUS WORKSHOP DAY

SATURDAY 29th JULY 11am-5pm

With Richard Wilberforce. Registration at 10.30am.

Come and sing movements from Rachmaninov’s Vespers with the Exon Singers on Tuesday 1st August (rehearsal at 2.30pm), with a fun and stimulating workshop on Saturday 29th July led by the Exon Singers’ Artistic Director and Accompanist. Or if you prefer you can just take part in the Workshop day.

Tickets:
Workshop & Exon Festival Chorus concert on 1st August—£25
Workshop day 29th July only—£15
Music hire—£3 or bring your own copy

For more information, email: comeandsing@exonsingers.org.uk

FESTIVAL EVENINGS 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (under 18s free)

TUESDAY 1st AUGUST
Rachmaninov Vespers

Composed on the eve of the Revolution, the centenary of which falls this year, Rachmaninov’s sublime masterpiece of a cappella choral writing, the All-Night Vigil, encompasses every human emotion. Sung here by the Exon Singers and the Exon Festival Chorus.

WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST
Organ Recital by Peter King (Bath Abbey)
“He is a virtuoso of world class…he plays with such élan, and passion.” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)
Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, presents a varied programme of Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Pescetti, Karg-Elert and Reubke.

THURSDAY 3rd AUGUST
Will Todd Mass in Blue
Toby Young Dancing Star
A contemporary setting of the Mass for jazz trio, solo soprano and virtuoso choir, and our Composer-in-Residence’s choral celebration of dance in all its forms – the simplicity of folk, the elegance of ballroom, and a nod to the urban nightclub.

FRIDAY 4th AUGUST
Let the Bright Seraphim
A special treat to welcome back star soprano Katharine Fuge, singing Handel’s well-loved aria, and Bach’s virtuosic Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, complemented by Handel’s Water Music and Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto. With the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra, directed by Sam Poppleton.

SATURDAY 5th AUGUST
Monteverdi Vespers
Monteverdi’s ground-breaking setting of Vespers, complete with trumpets and trombones, must have astonished its first audience in 1610.  Its power to thrill, calm and console is undiminished 400 years later. Sung by the Exon Singers, accompanied by the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra.

FESTIVAL LUNCHTIMES
1.00-1.40pm
Admission free, retiring collection

Wednesday 2nd August – Song Recital
Thursday 3rd August – Song Recital
Friday 4th August – Instrumental Recital

FESTIVAL SERVICES
Admission free, retiring collection

COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT
Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th August
9.00-9.20pm
Tuesday 1, Thursday 3 August—
Choir Compline
Wednesday 2, Friday 4 August—Congregational Compline

A SEQUENCE FOR EPIPHANY
Friday 4th August, 4pm, doors close at 3.45pm
Recording for BBC Radio 3, to be broadcast in 2018.

FESTIVAL EUCHARIST
SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 9.45am
Mass setting by Gabrieli, with instrumental accompaniment.