A press release about the ‘Sea Symphony’ concert that I’ll be leading later this year.
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.
Devon-based conductor Laurence Blyth, who is tasked with bringing the 200 singers together, is looking forward to the challenge. Speaking from 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.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available from www.seasymphony.org.uk and 01392 665770