St Matthew Passion

Join Exeter University Singers, Exeter Bach Society and the choir of St. Peter’s School, Lympstone during the season of Lent for a vivid retelling of J.S. Bach’s great masterpiece, the St. Matthew Passion. With world-class soloists and the excellent Exeter Bach Society Orchestra, this is an event not to be missed.

The body of the work will be sung in German, with an English translation provided, and the chorales will be sung in English. There is also an opportunity for our audiences members to participate in the liturgy by joining us in singing specific chorales if you wish to. Please ensure you are seated by 18:55 to sing-through these chorales with the choir before the performance begins.

The performance will begin at 19:00 on 3rd March, 2018 at the beautiful Salvation Army – Exeter Temple. We will conclude around 22:00 and tickets may be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FDHHEK .We anticipate this will be a sell-out performance, so book now to avoid disappointment! We very much look forward to seeing you at this most exciting event.

Singers Welcomes New Tenors and Basses – 2018 Auditions

We are excited to announce that Exeter University Singers has places available for talented tenors and basses this New Year! An ambitious 35 member chamber choir, we sing a wide range of choral works from Bach, to Ēšenvalds, to Disney’s Frozen. This term, we have an exciting collaboration with Exeter Bach Society in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. We are also planning an international tour, recording sessions, as well as a variety of other performances throughout the rest of the academic year. For a glimpse of the Singers experience, take a look at our most recent recording of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ below .

We would like to hear from anyone with previous singing experience – if you are interested in auditioning, or know anyone who would be, please do not hesitate to contact us at universitysingers@exeter.ac.uk or through our Facebook page.

Christmas is coming!

To mark the beginning of December, we would like to share with you our recording of Epiphany Carol by Alexander L’Estrange – we hope you enjoy it!

Come and find us on Tuesday the 5th of December at the Exeter Carol Service for some more festive pieces – with performances from several other ensembles from the university, it’s sure to be a fab evening!

Also not to miss is our upcoming concert, A Candlelit Christmas, a beautiful setting of Christmas music surrounded by candlelight. Free refreshments will be served on intermission, so prepare yourselves for plenty of minced pies and mulled wine. We look forward to seeing you there!

We have a choir!

Thank you to everyone who came to audition for Exeter University Singers. We now have a full choir and are looking forward to our many events and concerts planned in the coming months. Keep up to date with our events page to find out more – we hope to see you there! 

Still considering auditioning?

Thank you to everyone who signed up for auditions at the University of Exeter Freshers’ fair today! We look forward to meeting you next weekend.

If you missed us and would still like to audition, message us on Facebook or email us at universitysingers@exeter.ac.uk – thank you!

Exeter University Singers is recruiting in September 2017!

If you are returning to or starting at the University of Exeter this September, love choral singing, and want to be a part of a passionate chamber choir, we would love to see you at auditions. We have a series of music workshops and socials scheduled throughout Exeter University’s Freshers Week, details of which you can see below and find on our events page or on Facebook. If you are interested, please come along, we’d love to meet you!

Paul Mealor – Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

“Exeter University Singers perform Paul Mealor’s, ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’, a fantastic example of choral music offering reincarnation to aged texts. Set to Tennyson’s sonnet of the same name, this piece was performed at the royal wedding of 2011, with a change of text to suit the service, and offers so much to us. The music itself has a sense of tremendous space, which suits our chapel’s acoustic wonderfully, and an almost out-of-body nature, which makes the performance both mysterious and affirming. Harmonically challenging, and with such dynamic diversity, this was a real step-up in the choir’s ability to both approach a piece, and follow a conductor. It was a privilege conducting this piece, and working with the choir throughout the rehearsal process was a joy.”

– Daniel Maw, Conductor.

Ēriks Ešenvalds – Only in Sleep

Exeter University Singers perform Ērik Ešenvalds’ ‘Only in Sleep’, the first of four recordings taken in June 2017.

“Written in 2010, Sara Teasdale’s nostalgic vision of childhood re-experienced through dreams is expressed in simple verse in regular metre, which Ešenvalds matches in music of regular four-bar phrases. But infinitely subtle are the chord voicings; a change from humming to vocalise to spotlight a phrase here, or internal doublings to highlight a particular line in the texture there — all serve to sustain the freshness, and the soaring descants are achingly expressive.

In this age of social media where new pressures are being put on children and adolescents from such an early age, the choir were encouraged to try and recall a time from early childhood before the extreme highs and lows of ‘first loves’, when friendship mattered more than romantic love and where the sheer joy and innocence of childhood could be remembered. I hope you enjoy our interpretation”

– Jonathan Lucas Wood, Conductor.