Resources for Mendelssohn Elijah

Introduction The Exeter Choral Society is performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah” in 2018. Here are a few handy resources for this term. Note-learning aids Choraline is a popular starting-point for singers looking for note-learning aids. You buy the recording for your voice part (with an option to download). There are spoken cues, an orchestra playing the…

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…

Supporting the Somerset Community Foundation

Later this year I’ll once again be masterminding the musical forces for the Somerset Community Foundation’s annual Sing for Somerset event on Saturday 16th December 2017 in Wells Cathedral. It’s a wonderful occasion, with a massed choir (‘Somerset Voices’) joining together with the Mid Somerset Orchestra to provide the music for a Lessons and Carols…

Westcountry singers set sail, bound for Exeter Cathedral

A press release about the ‘Sea Symphony’ concert that I’ll be leading later this year. Singers from choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington are undertaking an epic voyage, culminating in a large-scale performance in Exeter Cathedral later this year. Members of the choirs, who will be joined on stage by the Exeter Symphony Orchestra…