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…

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…