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Based in the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton in East Devon, near Exeter, 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 fifty or so members. It performs 8 to 10 concerts a year, most 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 and has performed throughout the Devon area including Exeter, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Exmouth.
We are always looking for new members and normally rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
The choir is being encouraged to a new level by Musical Director, Michael Graham. Michael is an organist and Director of Chapel Music at Exeter University and a Lay-vicar at Exeter Cathedral. He trained at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and has held organ scholarships across the UK, before coming to Exeter.
We have a repertoire of over 150 songs, and over the years, apart from singing in many venues around Devon, have sung at locations in Kent, South Wales, Yorkshire, France, Belgium and Holland. The choir sang alongside 12 other choirs at the Anglo-Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, making one choir of over 500 voices. It has participated in the Cornwall International Festival for Male Voice Choirs a number of times and recently competed at Poole in the Bournemouth Festival 2019.
DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONA VIRUS CRISIS OUR REHEARSALS AND CONCERTS ARE CURRENTLY POSTPONED. WE HOPE TO START SINGING AGAIN THIS SUMMER.
Updates will be posted as the pandemic progresses, as we do not wish to endanger the public or our members. All our members remain healthy and over 50% have been rehearsing via Zoom meetings. We are all sorely missing singing together, and raising money for Charities, who are needing funds more than ever. Some members have been vacinated already, and we can't wait to get back to normal.
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