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Performances.  The choir's concerts take place in villages and towns around the South Hams and are usually given in aid of a charitable cause. The music sung includes part-songs, show songs, jazz classics, spirituals, madrigals.

Choral works. Every two years, or thereabouts, we present a performance of a major work with small orchestra. These have included Gounod St Cecilia Mass, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Requiem, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Haydn Te Deum, Bach Peasant Cantata, Handel Coronation Anthems - Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, Vivaldi Gloria, Faure Requiem, Karl Jenkins The Armed Man, Rutter Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Morton Lauridsen Lux Aeterna.

  The Alvington Singers performing at St. George's Church, Modbury

The Alvington Singers performing at St. George's Church, Modbury

Diversity. The aim of the choir is to sing as wide a range of music as possible, with styles as diverse as madrigals and African music. Also, contemporary composers often feature. Click here for a list of recent concerts.

Weddings. The choir is happy to sing at weddings to enhance what is a very special occasion. Please apply to our choir secretary (see below) if you would like to book us. The following list gives a wealth of suitable music from which to choose, any of which would be appropriate for the signing of the register, and some of which could be included as part of the service. A CD containing all these pieces is available on request:

For the beauty of the earth - John Rutter

The Lord bless you and keep you - John Rutter

Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart

Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod

Panis Angelicus - Franck

Jesu, joy of man's desiring - Bach

Locus Iste - Bruckner

Ave Verum Corpus - Elgar

God be in my head - Rutter

The Lord's Prayer - David Fanshawe

All things bright and beautiful - Rutter

Gloria - Vivaldi

Be thou my vision - John Rutter

Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter

Sheep may safely graze - Bach

Brother James' Air - arr. Gordon Jacob

Cantique de Jean Racine - Faure

Ave Maria - Schubert

My spirit sang all day - Gerald Finzi

Community involvement. Weddings feature regularly in the choir's activities; also singing at Care Homes and the local Hospital. These opportunities give the choir a rôle in the local community.

Social activities are included in the choir's programme and an annual event has been the Singers' Supper. In May, choir members enjoyed a wonderful walk through bluebell woods on Dartmoor; and in July, a barbecue which has also become an annual event.

Choir secretary: Enid Jefferies, 6 Sherford Down Road, Sherford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2BQ.Tel 01548 531644

 

Annual choir barbecue

Musical Director

Our musical director is Tim Matthews who lives in Crediton, where he is also Musical Director of North Creedy Choral Society, and organist and Musical Director at All Saints Parish Church, Okehampton. He started his choral life as a chorister at Christchurch Cathedral School, Oxford, developing a lifelong love of music. He teaches piano, organ, theory and singing. When time allows he also sings with professional choirs around the South West. Alvington Singers are looking forward to welcoming and working with Tim, who joined us in January 2014 and  particularly to our first concert together in March.

 

Musical Director, Tim Matthews

© Alvington Singers, last updated January, 2014