Drum-roll for choir's concert return
Wednesday 28th June 2017
One of the county’s best-loved choirs is preparing for its next big gig this weekend, and they’re hoping to raise the roof of Exeter Cathedral, and fill the Nave with beautiful singing and the sound of drums.
Exeter Cathedral’s choir, made up of young children (Choristers, who attend Exeter Cathedral School) and professional, adult singers, is stepping up rehearsals for the performance, which will take place under the Cathedral’s world-famous vaulted ceiling on Saturday 1st July.
Unusually, they will be accompanied not only by the historic pipe organ which dominates the interior of the building, but also by a battery of percussion instruments and a solo harpist, as Director of Music Timothy Noon explains:
“We’re excited about tackling the Hebrew text of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, which delivers both beautiful melodies and musical fireworks reminiscent of ‘West Side Story’ in equal measure. The forces required by the accompaniment match Roxanna Panufnik’s Westminster Mass which we learnt earlier this year, and we’re delighted about showcasing two very different pieces of 20th century choral music in the same concert.”
The young Choristers all attend Exeter Cathedral School, whilst the adult members of the choir are freelance professional singers or choral scholars studying at the University of Exeter.
Earlier this year the choir was joined by renowned early-music orchestra Charivari Agreable for a packed-out performance of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion. Their performances on the concert platform are in addition to the choir’s raison d’être, singing the daily choral services at the Cathedral in a tradition that dates back 800 years.
Tickets for the 1st July performance are onside now from the Cathedral’s Visitors’ Office (Monday to Friday, 01392 285983) and online.