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Welcome to our new Musical Director - Tim Matthews

We welcome Tim Matthews, our new Musical Director, who took up his baton in January 2014. Tim 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.

Farewell to Alastair Durden

We say 'farewell' to Alastair Durden, who retired at the end of 2013 after sixteen years as Musical Director. He has been a tireless musical force in the choir and will be sadly missed. He has worked extremely hard to improve the standard and the standing of this local chamber choir, and his leadership has proved invaluable in their growth over the years. He feels proudest of the balance of voices he has achieved over the years, and has worked hard to improve the overall musicality of the choir, giving extra coaching and encouragement where needed. He not only is a fine conductor but also has composed several pieces for the choir over the years, which they have enjoyed learning and performing. The choir wish him all the very best in his retirement.

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Musical Director, Tim Matthews


Faurè's Requiem on 4th May 2013

Our performance in Stokenham Church on 4th May of Faurè's Requiem, together with three Psalm settings by John Rutter, 'A Psalm of Praise' by the choir's musical director Alastair Durden, and two arias from Mendelssohn's Elijah, drew a capacity audience who enjoyed the uplifting music they heard. Our photos show the choir and orchestra in rehearsal, and also our young soprano soloist, Frances Pope, who the Pie Jesu so beautifully. Frances has completed her final year at Kingsbridge Community College, where she sang in stage productions such as “Oliver”, and “Les Misérables”, taking the part of Fantine. In addition she plays the flute and piano to a high level. She started a university course last autumn at Kings College, London.

Go to listen to the choir to hear two excerpts from the performance.


© Alvington Singers, last updated May, 2014