Top orchestra makes music with Devon schools

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:44pm

Musicians from four Devon schools had the chance of a lifetime to perform alongside some of the country’s leading instrumentalists in an inspirational concert of work by modern composers. The concert was the culmination of a series of workshops for pupils at Blundell’s, Blundell’s Prep, Uffculme and Exeter Cathedral Schools with the London Chamber Orchestra.

More than a 100 young musicians performed in the main part of the concert which was the piece Simple Gifts by Paul Edlin. The fourth movement of this was generated during improvisation workshops with twelve Blundell’s musician...

Triple Success for Exeter Cathedral School Siblings

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 10:30am

A trio of siblings from Exeter Cathedral School has each been awarded a place in the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

The Daniel-Greenhalgh siblings - Esme (y7), Theo (y6) and Sabina (y5) - have all won a place in various sections of the elite GB orchestra for children. Esme and Sabina are both violinists, and Theo plays the trombone, and the three of them also sing together as Choristers in Exeter Cathedral Choir. The trio have an older sister who was also a pupil at ECS and a cathedral chorister, and they say that they are delighted to have been given...

Roman Holiday

Event Date: 
01/12/2016 - 7:30pm
The Great Hall, Exeter University

Alexander Shelley

Sebastian Knauer

Italy occupied a unique place in the psyches of many 19th century composers, artists and writers. The physical beauty of its architecture and countryside, as well as Italy’s own ancient and rich traditions of art, music and thought inspired many. Strauss embarked on his own journey in early 1886 and was overwhelmed by what he saw. As he travelled, he jotted down musical ideas for what became Aus Italien, including assigning specific keys to correspond with particular places he visited – the warm, lemon-scented Amalfi coast, the Renaissance...

Mozart: Exeter Cathedral Choir and Orchestra

Event Date: 
18/06/2016 - 7:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

The music of Mozart will echo around the Cathedral later this year in the latest concert performance by our renowned choir, which takes place on Saturday 18th June at 19.30.

The Choristers, Lay Vicars and Choral Scholars will be joined by a chamber orchestra of professional instrumentalists and a quartet of soloists, all under the baton of Cathedral Director of Music, Timothy Noon.

The music to be performed includes Mozart’s Vespers with its famous ‘Laudate Dominum’ solo, which will be sung by soprano Julia Featherstone. The Coronation Mass and communion anthem Ave verum...

Orchestra goes wild for charity

A Devon-based orchestra has left its usual habitat of rehearsal studios and concert halls behind to take part in a very different kind of photoshoot promoting its latest concert.

Members of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra recently went wild to promote ‘A Concert for Wildlife’ which takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th July at Exeter Cathedral.

The concert, which is being generously supported by South West Water, aims to raise funds for the charity Devon Wildlife Trust. It seemed only natural to the organisers that the musicians should pose with their instruments in the...

St Michael’s Primary Academy in tune with ESO

The ESO almost doubled in size recently as it welcomed members of St Michael’s orchestra to join its weekly rehearsal.

The children experienced being part of a full strength symphony orchestra as they teamed up to perform the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as part of the school’s work on the BBC Ten Pieces project, to friends and family.

Music Co-ordinator and Reception Teacher at ethe school, in South lawn Terrace, Heavitree, Sarah Sowden said: "What a success, parents and children alike loved it. The children were buzzing when they left. It was a great...

Liederkranz Germania Choir and Exeter Children's Orchestra Joint Concert

Event Date: 
13/09/2015 - 6:00pm
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter

Liederkranz Germania Choir and Exeter Children’s Orchestra

2015 is the 50th anniversary of twinning between Exeter and the German city of Bad Homburg and to celebrate this event a special concert has been arranged with the Liederkranz Germania Choir and Exeter Children's Orchestra. The Liederkranz Germania Choir with around 80 active members is based in the village of Ober-Erlenbach just outside Bad Homburg and dates back to 1842. Their repertoire is wide-ranging including folk, gospel and classical. They frequently travel abroad and this will be their third time in Exeter. The...

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 30 Plucking Years

Event Date: 
19/09/2015 - 2:00pm
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter

We are delighted to welcome back to the Corn Exchange the amazing Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - for two performances. Eight Ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. In June 2015 the Orchestra had clocked up sixteen million minutes of ukulele action. By September 2016 they will have been active for one billion seconds. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. 'Pure entertainment', 'Magisterial', 'The best musical entertainment in the country', '...

Orchestral Eucharist

Event Date: 
05/07/2015 - 10:30am
Exeter Cathedral

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.30

Join us as we celebrate the Eucharist. The Boy Choristers, Girl Choristers, Lay Vicars and Choral Scholars of the Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Andrew Millington) to give a liturgical performance of Schubert’s Mass in G.

All are welcome to attend this act of worship.

Amadeus Orchestra

Event Date: 
24/07/2015 - 7:30pm
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a thousand)

Mahler's Symphony No. 8, widely known as the Symphony of a Thousand because of the colossal forces employed (large orchestra, off-stage brass, organ, two adult choirs and a children's choir) is coming to Exeter Cathedral for the first time in many years. This performance follows Amadeus Orchestra's and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus' highly successful pairing for a performance of Mahler's second symphony in Exeter in 2013.

Tickets: £35, £30, £25, £20 (concessions available)

Box office: 01392 493493