Based in the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton in East Devon, the Choir was founded in 1974, under the musical direction of Pamela Jones, now the Choir’s Life President. The current Musical Director is Michael Graham.
The Choir exists to provide a stimulating and enjoyable hobby for its sixty or so members. It performs 8 to 10 concerts a year around the region, some of which are for the benefit of local and national charities. Recent beneficiaries include Hospiscare, MacMillan Nurses, Rotary and Lions Clubs Cancer Research, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and numerous church development funds. The choir is delighted to sing for these worthy causes.
The choir is being encouraged to a new level by Musical Director, Michael Graham. Michael is an organist and Lay-Clerk at Exeter Cathedral and Director of Music for Exeter University Chapel Choir. At 25 he is an energetic conductor is challenging the choir to new competences. He trained at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and was subsequently awarded an organ scholarship at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, before coming to Exeter.
The Choir has a repertoire of nearly 100 songs, and over the years it has sung in many venues around Devon and at locations in Kent, South Wales, Yorkshire, Belgium and Holland. It sang alongside 12 other choirs at the Anglo-Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, making one choir of over 500 voices. It participated in the Cornwall International Festival for Male Voice Choirs in 2015 when it came third in the large choir category.
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