Exeter Philharmonic Choir

Exeter Philharmonic Choir is the longest-established choir in the South West

Exeter Philharmonic Choir celebrates 175 uninterrupted years of performance with an anthem for our time

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Thu, 02/24/2022 - 12:05pm

Members of the longest-established choir in the South West have a special reason to raise their voices in celebration at a concert in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday, March 12th - the event marks Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s 175th anniversary.

To celebrate this landmark occasion, the Choir will be performing Brahms’ great work, Ein deutsches Requiem, joined by the renowned London Mozart Players and two of the UK’s most exciting soloists: soprano Jessica Cale (winner of the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Award) and baritone Timothy Nelson. The programme also includes Lo, The Full, Final...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir in Concert

Exeter Philharmonic Choir and the London Mozart Players

Event Date: 
12/03/2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Philharmonic Choir celebrates its 175th anniversary with a performance of Brahms’ great work, Ein deutsches Requiem. The programme also includes Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice by Gerald Finzi, a rare opportunity to hear this piece accompanied by full orchestra.

Joining the Choir are the renowned London Mozart Players and two of the UK’s most exciting soloists, soprano Jessica Cale, winner of the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Award, and Timothy Nelson.

Despite wars and pandemics, the choir has performed concerts in Exeter every year since its foundation in 1846!


Exeter Philharmonic Choir performing in Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the English Chamber Orchestra

Event Date: 
14/03/2020 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

Beethoven’s magnificent Missa Solemnis , widely considered to be his greatest choral work yet rarely performed in the South West, will be brought to life this March through the combined talent of Exeter Philharmonic Choir , the renowned English Chamber Orchestra and four international soloists.

The one-night performance of this theatrical, yet spiritual work celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Exeter Philharmonic Choir is the city’s longest-established choral group, soon to mark a major milestone of its own - its 175th anniversary.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis or Solemn...

Exeter's Thomas Hobbs sings Gerontius

ESO's Brian Northcott conducts Elgar's Dream to celebrate his 75th birthday

To celebrate his 75th birthday, Brian Northcott, Exeter Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Director, will be conducting a special performance of Elgar’s powerful work The Dream of Gerontius, bringing together a host of the city’s musical talent and two soloists of international repute.

The concert at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 6th July is part of the new Exeter Festival weekend from 5th - 7th July 2019. One of the all-time great choral works, Elgar’s The Dream will be performed jointly by Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter University Chapel Choir and St. David’s Singers with Exeter...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir members with the Lord Mayor and Brigadier Andy Pillar OBE, SSAFA Devon

Lord Mayor thanks Exeter Philharmonic Choir for its fundraising

Members of Exeter Philharmonic Choir, which has recently raised money for the Lord Mayor's charity SSAFA Devon, attended a special reception and cheque presentation at the city’s Guildhall last week.

The event was to thank all the organisations who have contributed to a grand total of over £23,000 for SSAFA Devon, which provides practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families. A collection held at Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s concert in March raised £726.66 for the charity.

EPC Committee members, Chris Burns and Vicki Henderson, joined...

Andrew Millington accompanies Exeter Philharmonic Choir for its summer concert

Former musical director Andrew Millington rejoins Exeter Philharmonic Choir for its summer concert

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:43am

Exeter musician Andrew Millington will be back performing with the city's oldest choir for a one-off performance at Exeter Northcott on June 1st.

This time around Andrew, who retired as the Choir's Musical Director in 2017, will be rejoining EPC on the piano rather than on the rostrum. He'll be accompanied by two other musicians who have greatly contributed to Exeter's musical life: David Davies, also on the piano, and Stephen Tanner on the harmonium.

Exeter Philharmonic Choir's summer concert combines musical drama and colourful, memorable tunes.

Rossini’s Petite...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir's conductor Howard Ionascu

Exeter Philharmonic Choir heads to the Northcott for its summer concert

Event Date: 
01/06/2019 - 7:30pm
Exeter Northcott Theatre

The last major composition written by the Italian composer Rossini, his Petite Messe solonnelle, will be performed by Exeter Philharmonic Choir in June as part of its summer concert at the Northcott Theatre - a performance combining musical drama and colourful, memorable tunes.

Rossini’s Mass is a work of contrast and intensity, written five years before his death in Paris 151 years ago. Despite its title, it is neither ‘small’ nor ‘solemn’ but reflects the great talent which saw Rossini produce 39 operas in his lifetime.

The Choir will also perform Brahms Liebeslieder-...

Choir raises over £4,000 for Exeter homeless charity

Members of Exeter Philharmonic Choir visited St Petrock's this week to present a cheque worth £4,086 to the charity which provides support, housing and prevention services for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed

The money was raised over two consecutive nights in December in the retiring collection at Exeter Cathedral following the Choir's annual carol services.

Mel Hartley, Project Manager at St. Petrock's, said: "We are extremely grateful for Exeter Philharmonic Choir's support. which will help us to meet some of the challenges we face as we continue to fill gaps...

Haydn Creation with the London Mozart Players

Event Date: 
16/03/2019 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

A world-famous chamber orchestra with a 70-year musical pedigree joins Exeter Philharmonic Choir for one night only for an unmissable performance of The Creation.

Exeter Philharmonic Choir, the city’s oldest choral ensemble, will be performing alongside the UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra, The London Mozart Players, which celebrates its 70th anniversary season in 2019.

The two distinguished musical ensembles will come together to perform Haydn’s masterpiece for a special Lord Mayor’s Concert.

The audience at Exeter Cathedral will also be treated to...

Cathedral will resonate to a double chorus and 15 wind instruments for Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s November concert

No fewer than 15 professional wind players, all recent graduates from London’s world-renowned Royal Academy of Music, will join Exeter Philharmonic Choir on 10th November to perform in Bruckner’s splendid Mass in E minor at Exeter Cathedral.

The work has an interesting scoring - double choir accompanied by flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, and trombone - guaranteed to produce a rich sonority in the superb acoustics of the Cathedral.

The second half of the concert will be a performance of the ever-popular Requiem by John Rutter, featuring critically-acclaimed soprano...