Sweet Singing in the Choir: A Brief History of Parish Church Music in Devon

Hosted by: St Michael's Lectures - Dr Nigel Browne

A special St Michael’s Heritage Lecture on Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm, with live music, mulled wine and juice!

This talk by Dr Nigel Browne, Organist at St Michael’s and Diocesan Organ Advisor, will be illustrated by contrasting music from the Devon-based West Gallery Music Group and the robed Choir of St Michael & All Angels.

Nigel Browne started playing the organ at school, and later studied music and musicology at various universities, most recently at the University of Exeter, where his Doctoral thesis was a study of organ builders, organ building and organists in Devon in the nineteenth century. He has since gone on to broaden this research back to the middle ages. He is organist of St. Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, musical director of the Exeter Chorale, and organ adviser to the Diocese of Exeter.

A brief history of music in Anglican churches in Devon, drawing on original sources and with musical illustrations provided by the choir of St Michael’s and the West Gallery Quire. Charting the cycle of liturgical fashion as it affected choirs, organs and instrumentalists from the pre-reformation church to the present day.

The free, monthly, Wednesday evening St Michael’s Lectures explore contemporary issues connected with faith, Christianity and society. A warm welcome is extended to everyone. For more information contact David Beadle dnb201@exeter.ac.uk


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB