After last year’s extraordinary concert of Handel’s music for Vespers, English Touring Opera returns to Exeter Cathedral to celebrate Bach’s breathtaking Advent cantatas.
Enjoy an intimate evening of choral music and the most beautiful Christmas songs masterfully interpreted by soloists from ETO, the Old Street Band, and local choirs Cathedral Consort, Isca Voices and the Gentlemen of Exeter Cathedral’s Choir.
Tickets: A £20 B £16 C £12 D £10 (unreserved seats around the nave) Running Time: 1hr 45mins
A project to carry out major repairs at Exeter Cathedral can now begin, thanks to funding from the government’s First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for England’s Cathedrals.
Exeter Cathedral’s award of £277,547 is part of a package of £8.3 million in grants for 31 English cathedrals announced today by Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. The money has come from a government-sponsored fund set up to support vital repairs to some of England's most important historic buildings.
The Dean of Exeter, Dr Jonathan Draper, welcomed the news:
The first event of the Exeter Bach Society’s new season 2014-5 is an exciting recital by the newly-formed Gioisca Trio featuring David Davies (piano), Héloïse West (soprano) and Claude Lamon (trumpet), who will play a selection of music by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel et al.
David is the Assistant Musical Director at Exeter Cathedral and a well-known organist, as well as Director of Music for the Exeter Bach Society and for St Peter’s Singers, while Heloise is a popular local soloist with wide oratorio and operatic experience, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall...
There have been organs in the cathedral since at least 1284. Who built and maintained them, and who have the organists been? This talk will address these and many other questions and also include information newly discovered.
In 2010, a very curious piece of furniture was bought from a Chester auction house, on account of its elaborate carving. Upon delivery, the owner thought it was not Victorian, as advertised, but early Tudor.
That would make it exceptionally rare. But in January 2013 Dr Jonathan Foyle examined it, and began researching in depth its puzzling symbolism and old surfaces. Over the course of 16 months evidence aligned to reveal its astonishing origin - it was the marriage bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, made for 18 January 1486. Its importance is immense- it is the only surviving...