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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 The Royal British Legion, 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 extensively 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 7.00 to 9.00 pm.
Following the effects of the pandemic, the choir has returned to it's old level of excellence led 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. This year we have been to Belgium in April and sang at the Menin Gate and Ypres Cathedral.
Our rehearsals have resumed. Normally at 7.00pm on Tuesdays in Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton, but please check with us.
Four concerts have been performed this year at Withycombe Parish Church, De Panne in Belgium, Ottery St Mary Church and a sellout cream tea concert at Temple Methodist Church in Budleigh Salterton. All were well received with an excellent soloist at Withycombe and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Concert Band joining us in OSM. Next up is a joint concert with Marazion MVC at the Mint Methodist Church in Exeter at 7.30pm on 23 July.
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