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EXETER CATHEDRAL CHOIR The choir of Exeter Cathedral has a long and interesting history. It has sung the liturgical services of the church almost without interruption since at least the thirteenth century.
Several famous church musicians have been closely associated with the Cathedrals music, including Matthew Locke (chorister in the 17th century) and SS Wesley, Englands foremost Cathedral organist of the 19th century. The Choristers are educated at the Cathedral School, which is a very ancient establishment.
In 1994 a girls choir was formed: the choir now consists of 20 boy choristers, 20 girl choristers and 12 gentlemen. Regular services are normally sung by boys and gentlemen or girls and gentlemen. The adult members are professionally trained singers, either Lay Vicars or Choral Scholars who combine singing with their academic studies at Exeter University.
During the term the choir sings eight services each week, including three on Sundays. In addition, the choir broadcasts regularly on radio and television. It has given a number of concerts with leading orchestras and has made several recordings. Overseas tours have been undertaken, including visits to Canada, France, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.
In July 2006 the choir undertook an exciting and extensive tour to the USA. More recently, the choir has toured Switzerland and Tenerife. The choir makes regular visits to churches throughout the Diocese to sing services and concerts.The choirs extensive repertoire covers a wide range of music from medieval plainsong through to contemporary works.
Recent recordings include Evensong for St Peters Day on the Herald label.Andrew Millington has been Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral since September 1999. He studied the organ at Worcester Cathedral before gaining an Organ Scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge. In 1975 he became Assistant Organist at Gloucester Cathedral where he was closely involved with The Three Choirs Festival. He held the conductorship of several notable choirs in the Midlands, two of which won major awards in the BBC competition Let the Peoples Sing.
|1||13:44||Ascribe unto the Lord||S. S. Wesley|
|2||08:31||The wilderness||Sir John Goss|
|3||15:23||To my request and earnest cry||S. S. Wesley|
|4||09:26||It came even to pass||Sir F. A. Gore Ouseley|
|5||12:18||If the Lord himself||T. A. Walmisley|
|6||07:19||I saw the Lord||J. Stainer|