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Carols for Christmas 2020


Exeter Philharmonic Choir has a proud history of rehearsing and performing without a break since our beginnings in 1846. And, despite these uncertain times, we’re doing everything we can to keep that record unbroken during our 2020-2021 season.

Since performing Beethoven’s majestic Missa Solemnis with the English Chamber Orchestra in March, we’ve sung together via Zoom and made a recording of Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine in July.

Now we’re delighted to present our Carols for Christmas 2020, not in Exeter Cathedral as usual, but virtually.

Stephen Tanner, our Associate Director of Music, has worked his technical magic and woven our voices together from individual recordings, along with some beautiful graphics. You will hear more voices than you see, as some choir members provided both audio and video recordings while others recorded audio only.

There are three carols:

  • Gaudete!
    16th-century Piae Cantiones; arrangement and organ Stephen Tanner
  • Mary’s Boy Child
    Jester Hairston; arrangement Stephen Tanner
  • Welcome Yule!
    15th-century words; music and organ Stephen Tanner


You can listen to the carols and the Fauré recording HERE


We will let you know our plans for 2021 as they unfold in this ever-changing situation. For Exeter Philharmonic Choir, the opportunity to perform – live – for you once again can’t come soon enough.

A very happy Christmas from us all.











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