St Michael’s has a strong, vibrant and friendly SATB mixed choir. The choir is robed and sings for Sunday services (weekly Sung Mass and monthly Choral Evensong) and Vespers during the week. Feast Days and special services are also sung throughout the year.
The repertoire is wide-ranging; from Plainchant, Renaissance Polyphony, Baroque and Romantic styles, to C20th and exciting contemporary settings. Plainsong Propers, sung from the English Gradual, are a particular feature of the music and liturgy at St Michael’s and are sung for all services.
Scholarships are awarded each year and the choir enjoys strong links with the Exeter University Chapel choir. The choir also sings for weddings, concerts and recitals. New members are always welcome and a good ear and sight-reading skills are highly desirable.
Choir members are required to undertake online safeguarding training (CofE level C0) within three months of joining the choir.
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.
SOCIAL EVENTS AND TOURS
Social events for the choir take place throughout the year and members of the choir regularly sing Choral Evensong at Cathedrals and Abbeys across the UK.
The choir enjoys an annual exchange visit to the National trust at Tyntesfield in North Somerset and has sung at the Opening Service of the Devon County Show and the BBC Radio Devon Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral. See our Events page for details.
During the summer months, the choir has toured both at home and abroad. In recent years, the choir has toured to Fulda in Germany, Yorkshire, Wales, Norfolk, Dorset – and locally to churches in Devon and on Dartmoor in association with the Churches Conservation Trust.
Find out about our 2014 Anglo-Belgian choral collaboration here classicaljourneyphonic.blogspot.co.uk
Tuesdays 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm and on Sundays 10 am – 10.45 am before Sung Mass at 11 am.
Choir practice takes place at the church. Click here for a map and directions. Please email Dr Neil Page firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us for choir practice.
Image below of the choir in the Chapel at NT Tyntesfield, Somerset. © William Finnigan, 2019