Christmas 2015 - Angels & Shepherds
Christmas favourites and seasonal surprises - unwrap some surprising presents from the Torbay Singers in a celebration of Christmas in Georgian England and Germany. Alongside enduring seasonal favourites from Handel and Bach, we celebrate a forgotten treasury of carols and anthems from English parish churches in an age when music was rousing and occasionally raucous! Excerpts from Handel's "Messiah" will rub shoulders with exuberant versions of the same words composed by provincial singing teachers and gentlemen amateurs now undeservedly forgotten. Familiar carols turn up in unexpected costumes: were the shepherds really watching their flocks on Ilkley Moor? Even Bach pulls out a surprise in his Christmas cantata "Gloria in Excelsis Deo", which recycles words and music from his B minor Mass.
Torbay Singers with soloists and chamber orchestra
conducted by Tina Guthrie
Saturday 5th December, 7.30pm
St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HW
Tickets £12 - under-25s in full-time education FREE
June 13th - Mass in Blue
Join the Torbay Singers for jazz on a summer evening in Torquay! Will Todd's dynamic, uplifting Mass in Blue sets the Latin text of the mass to jazz grooves and blues harmonies. Mass in Blue has been a runaway success with hundreds of performances since its 2003 premiere winning acclaim from critics, audiences and singers alike. With swinging support from Le Jazz Quartet and inspired by a full-day preparation session with Will Todd himself, the Torbay Singers will be In The Mood!
"A beguiling work that blends jazz and choral singing…an addictive listen." Marcus Dunk, Daily Express
Alongside Will Todd's irresistible Mass, the Torbay Singers present jazz songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Andrew Daldorph.
Saturday 13 June 2015, 7.30pm
St Mary the Virgin, St Marychurch, Torquay
Will Todd Mass in Blue
and jazz songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, 'Fats' Waller and Andrew Daldorph
with Le Jazz Quartet
Tickets £10 (under-25s in full-time education FREE) -
available from choir members, from 01803 269840 or reserve online now and pay on the door.
Will Todd workshop - Mass in Blue
Join the Torbay Singers for a full day singing workshop led by composer Will Todd on his uplifting and phenomally successful Mass in Blue. Setting the Latin text of the mass to jazz grooves and blues harmonies, Mass in Blue has been a runaway success with hundreds of performances since its 2003 premiere. Will Todd brings his renowned expertise and enthusiam to Exeter for a workshop on singing in a jazz idiom while getting to know his Mass in Blue.
All singers are welcome to join the workshop - but places must be reserved and paid for in advance.
Saturday 11th April, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Exeter School Music Hall
Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NS
Workshop fee: £15 (under 25s in full-time education: £5) includes music hire, tea and coffee (bring your own lunch).
To reserve your place, register online now and send your payment by post. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received.
March 2015: Victoria and Lenten Motets
Victoria Requiem (Officium Defunctorum 1605)
and Lenten motets by Bruckner, Casals and others
Torbay Singers conducted by Tina Guthrie
with Nigel Guthrie (organ)
Saturday 21st March 2015, 7.15pm
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh - by kind permission of the Abbot and Community.
Tickets £10 (adults). Young people under 25 in full-time education - free. Available from choir members, from the Buckfast Abbey Gift Shop or reserve online now.
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 3pm
The choir will present a shortened version of the programme at Crediton Parish Church - all proceeds to the Church Roof Appeal.
Tickets £8 from A.E.Lee Outfitters or reserve online now.