Bach’s St Matthew Passion

I first had the pleasure (or honour?) of conducting Bach’s larger Passion work back in 2017, and will revisit it, this time with Wellington Choral Society and the Wellington Sinfonia, on 30th March 2019. About the performance Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7pmSt John’s Church, Wellington​ Musical Director: Laurence BlythEvangelist: Nicholas Hawker (tenor)Jesus: Tim Mirfin…

Eternal Light and more: Exmouth Choral Society’s 2019 programme

Exmouth Choral Society is about to kick-off its new singing term with a programme of 20th century choral works. The group is based in Exmouth – a seaside town on the south Devon coast – and draws enthusiastic singers from the town itself, along the Jurassic Coast, from both sides of the River Exe estuary,…

New for Christmas – Still, Still, Still

Each year I work with the wonderful Somerset Voices choir (a kind of scratch choral society) to plan and conduct the music for the Sing for Somerset carol service in Wells Cathedral. The service, which this year takes place on Saturday 15th December, benefits the work of the Somerset Community Foundation (you read all about their…

An anniversary year for an Exeter Choir and its conductor

Exeter Choral Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary year in 2018, but it’s also a landmark year in my association with the choir as it’s Musical Director. In 1943 a singing group was founded in Whipton, on the outskirts of Exeter. The Whipton Choral Society (as it became known) was renamed the Exeter Choral Society…

Whose Messiah is it anyway?

There are few choral works that reach as many audiences as Handel’s “Messiah”. I find it curious that it still has to be identified as Handel’s, as if there were some other great work of the same title with which we might confuse it! I can’t be sure (and a cursory Google search can neither confirm…