Monday, 18 September 2017

"Behold the Sea" Brian Northcott & Laurence Blyth Exeter Cathedral Saturday 25 November 2017

Laurence Blyth
Exeter, Exmouth & Wellington Choral Societies
& Brian Northcott's Exeter Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 25 November
(Photo - with Shannon Class "R&J Welburn": Anthony Jolliffe)

Singers from choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington are undertaking an epic voyage, culminating in a large-scale performance in Exeter Cathedral later this year.

Members of the choirs, who will be joined on stage by the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Brian Northcott, have begun rehearsals for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Sea Symphony” that will take place on 25th November 2017 and include a fundraising collection in support of the RNLI. (See

Devon-based conductor Laurence Blyth, who is responsible for bringing the 200 singers together, is looking forward to the challenge. Speaking during a visit to the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station last month, he said:

“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to conduct a large-scale performance of this amazing symphony in such stunning surroundings. Many of the singers won’t have sung in the Cathedral before, and I know that they’re looking forward to the concert already.”

The members of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra are no strangers to Exeter Cathedral, following recent performances of Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto” (with Raphael Wallfisch) and Laura Rossi’s “Battle of the Somme”. They will open the concert in November with Arnold Bax’s tone poem “November Woods” conducted by Brian Northcott.

Exeter, Exmouth & Wellington
Choral Societies &
Exeter Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 25 November 7.30pm
Arnold Bax: "November Woods"
Orchestral Conductor: Brian Northcott
Ralph Vaughan Williams: "A Sea Symphony"
Choral Conductor: Laurence Blyth
Soprano Soloist: Alison Burnett
Baritone Soloist: Paul Sheehan
Tickets: unreserved £10 / Rear Nave: £12
Front Nave: £15  (U16 FREE)
Box Office: 01392 665700
(Exeter Visitor Centre, Dix's Field)
Online Booking: TicketSource
Retiring Collection: RNLI

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Exeter Choral
Exmouth Choral
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