St Michael’s has a strong, vibrant and friendly SATB mixed, robed choir, which sings for Sunday services (weekly Sung Mass and monthly Choral Evensong). Some members sing Vespers twice a week and there are usually one or two Feast Days sung each month. We are also available for weddings, concerts and recitals. There is no audition and new members are always welcome, though a good ear and some sight-reading are useful.
Despite current financial difficulties at St Michael’s, one or two Scholarships may be available. [We also look for new Choral Scholars in September each year; you can find out more on our Scholarships page.] We are particularly looking for Basses & Sops at present.
The choir’s repertoire is wide-ranging; from Plainchant, Renaissance Polyphony, Baroque and Romantic styles, to exciting contemporary settings.
At Solemn Mass and other services, Plainsong Propers are sung from the English Gradual, a particular feature of the music and liturgy at St Michael’s.
St Michael’s choir is also available to sing for other events. In past years the choir has sung at the Opening Service of the Devon County Show and the BBC Radio Devon Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral. Find out about our 2014 Anglo-Belgian choral collaboration here classicaljourneyphonic.blogspot.co.uk At the end of July 2015, we visited Wolfenbüttel in Germany for a choir tour.
The Choir has been led from August 2015 – August 2017 by Erika Wagstaff (after Alex West stood down to concentrate on his PhD). Our Organist, Nigel Browne is currently also away from St Michael’s. Former Scholar Amy Down is currently leading the Choir as Interim Music Director. For further information see the Music Team page. Director of Music Emeritus Neil Page retired in Summer 2014 after 6 fruitful years.
Tuesdays 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm and on Sundays 10 am – 10.35 am before Sung Mass.
Choir practice takes place at the church. Click here for a map and directions. Please contact a member of the Music Team if you would like to join us for choir practice.
SOCIAL EVENTS AND TOURS
Social events take place throughout the year and include trips to sing at other churches and Cathedrals, exchanges visits to Tyntesfield in North Somerset and joint events with local and international choirs. See our Events page for details.
During the summer months, the choir has toured both at home and abroad, with a week as visiting choir joining the Hillwood Singers at Winchester Cathedral visit last year, and the previous year a trip to Wolfenbüttel in Germany. In past years we have been to Fulda in Germany, Yorkshire, Wales, Norfolk, Dorset – and locally churches in Devon in association with the Churches Conservation Trust.
Camaraderie and companionship are a natural feature and enjoyable by-product of singing with the choir. After Tuesday evening practice, members of the choir regularly adjourn to a local hostelry and often meet for Sunday Lunch together after Mass.