Andrew Millington

Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s long-standing musical director prepares to hand the baton to his successor

Andrew Millington, Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s musical director for the last fourteen years, will conduct the choir for the last time next month - his farewell concert will be Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius on May 20th in collaboration with The Sinfonietta.

The Exeter-based conductor, organist and composer has been a key figure in Devon’s classical music scene since 1999 when he moved to the city to become Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral. In 2003, he stepped up to the rostrum to join Exeter Philharmonic Choir, the city’s oldest choral society.

The Choir is currently...

Peace and Goodwill - Faure Requiem - 30 November 2016

Event Date: 
30/11/2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
St James' Church, Mount Pleasant, Exeter EX4 7AH

Join Exeter Choral Society for our winter concert on the theme of Peace and Goodwill. Programme includes

Faure Requiem; Finzi In terra pax; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

We are conducted by Laurence Blyth, accompanied by Andrew Millington, and joined by soloists Julia Featherstone (soprano) and James Quilligan (baritone).Tickets £12 (£6 NUS students) include refreshments and programme.

Box Office - Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets, Dix's Field 01392 665885

See for more information.

Retiring collection will...

An evening of music celebrating the sea

Event Date: 
12/03/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

A new work for choir and orchestra inspired by a book of Saxon poetry is to be heard for the first time at Exeter Cathedral on March 12.

‘The Seafarer’ by Andrew Millington will be performed by The Exeter Philharmonic Choir in a special, sea-themed concert. Andrew was Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral from 1999 to 2015 and has been leading the choir since 2003. For the new work, his first for choir and orcestra, Andrew has used lines from the modern English translation of the 'Exeter Book' a Saxon text kept at the Cathedral, along with phrases from the Book of Psalms that...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir and The Sinfonietta - concert

Event Date: 
12/03/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Philharmonic Choir directed by Andrew Millington with the Sinfonietta

Exeter Cathedral

Saturday 12th March 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

An evening of English music including:

Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony Andrew Millington – a new work

Tickets: £22, £17, £12 (unreserved) online at: or by phone: 01392 499211 at the box office: Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter 01392 665885

Choral Workshop - Verdi's requiem

Event Date: 
06/02/2016 - 9:30am
Mint Methodist Church, Exeter

Exeter Philharmonic Choir

Saturday 6th February 2016

9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Mint Methodist Church, Exeter

Verdi Requiem – choral workshop led by Andrew Millington

£16 per person, including free tea/coffee and biscuit.

Score hire: £2

Book: online at or by telephone from EPC tickets 01392 499211

Cathedral director of music appointed

The Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral have announced the appointment of Timothy Noon as the next Director of Music to succeed Andrew Millington who retires from the post this year.

Timothy currently works at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Auckland NZ, but is Hereford born and has worked at Canterbury, St David’s and Liverpool Metropolitan (RC) Cathedrals.

Timothy and his family will move to Exeter after Christmas and join the cathedral in early 2016.

More information about Timothy Noon can be found on his website

‘Green shoots’ for music education but more investment needed

The retiring musical director of Exeter Cathedral, Andrew Millington, has called for more investment in children’s musical education, saying it can transform lives.

Andrew, who has been made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his contribution to church music over the last 40 years, said the increasing interest in choirs and singing, that has given birth to the Military Wives choirs and others, showed there were some ‘green shoots’ but that many church choirs were struggling.

“We know from the outreach work we do with the Cathedral choir how so...

Lunchtime Bite: Tales from the Organ Loft

Event Date: 
03/06/2015 - 1:00pm
Exeter Cathedral

Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 13.00-14.00

Andrew Millington reflects on a lifetime's work in Cathedral music.

By popular demand, this lecture is a repeat of the February event.

Ticket information

Tickets £3 (£2 for Friends of the Cathedral, Residents' Cardholders, Cathedral Volunteers) from 01392 285983 and online from

Elijah - Mendelssohn

Event Date: 
16/05/2015 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Elijah – Mendelssohn

7.30 pm, Saturday 16 May 2015

Exeter Cathedral Exeter Philharmonic Choir with The Sinfonietta, leader Richard Studt

Conductor: Andrew Millington

Exeter Philharmonic Choir, recently described as “a choir on fine form” will perform Mendelssohn’s great oratorio, Elijah, in the Cathedral on Saturday 16th May under the baton of Andrew Millington. The choir is already relishing the high drama of the work as they start rehearsals.

A hugely popular work, Elijah was effectively the Messiah of its day. Two thousand people attended the...

John Nettles to speak at Cathedral's Diamond Jubilee Grand Nave Dinner

Authored by skein
Posted: Wed, 09/26/2012 - 1:13pm
On 12 October, Exeter Cathedral is hosting its Diamond Jubilee Grand Nave Dinner in support of the Third Millennium Campaign, which ensures that the Cathedral and its mission are sustained for the future. John Nettles is kindly giving his time to entertain the dinner guests with readings drawn from the archives and there will be music from David Webb, a former chorister, who is now forging a professional career together with the Cathedral's own musicians, choristers and the Devon County Junior choir. Tickets have been sold out, but there is a waiting list should there be any returns so do get...