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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 Matthew Jeffrey.
In 2024 we shall be 50 years old and are planning a year of celebration. Look out for coming concerts to celebrate this landmark event.
The Choir exists to provide a stimulating and enjoyable hobby for its forty five 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 The Royal British Legion, Hospiscare, MacMillan Nurses, Marie Curie, Rotary and Lions Clubs, Force Cancer Charity, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and numerous church development funds. The choir is delighted to sing for these worthy causes and has performed extensively throughout the Devon area including Exeter, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth and Clyst St Mary.
We are always looking for new members and you are welcome to attend one of our rehearsals to see what we do. These are held from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Tuesdays in The Village Hall, High Street, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7DZ.
We are now led by our Musical Director, Matthew Jeffrey. He is a Lay Vicar with Exeter Cathedral Choir, Director and conductor of Exeter University Singers, singing Teacher at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, singing and Music Theory Teacher at Exeter Cathedral School and a freelance singer.
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 competed at Poole in the Bournemouth Festival 2019. Last year we went to Belgium in April and sang at the Menin Gate and Ypres Cathedral.
Ten full concert were performed in 2022: Withycombe Parish Church, De Panne in Belgium, Ottery St Mary Church with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Concert Band, Exeter Mint Methodist Church with Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir, cream tea concerts at Temple Methodist Church in Budleigh Salterton and East Budleigh Church Hall, St Peter's Church with Romsey Male Voice Choir, a Remembrance Concert for the Royal British Legion in Exmouth, and finally a Carol concert on 17 December 2022 at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. All were well received and helped raise funds for the chosen charity.
Our last concert was on Saturday 18 November 2023 at Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth. with Barnstaple Male Voice Choir, raising money for Marie Curie. It was great to have almost 60 voices on stage trying to raise the roof.
Our next concert is at 7.00 pm on Saturday 16 December at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton. We shall be singing carols, some with audience participation, and a soloist will also be there to entertain you.
Tickets, only £10 are now available at The card Shop Too, in Budleigh Salterton, at the door on the night and our ticketing website:
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