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Exevox at St Michael Church Dinham - May 2017

 

Exevox at Swimbridge October 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FaureVivaldi concert Nov 2015

 Review of ExeVox chamber choir concert, St James's Church, Exeter, 14th November 2015

If there were a few stray fireworks outside St James Church on Saturday night, inside ExeVox, celebrating its tenth anniversary under its Musical Director, Peter Adcock, treated a full house to a concert of two classic choral favourites, Gabriel Fauré's timeless Requiem and Antonio Vivaldi's joyous Gloria, sung with clarity, precision and enthusiasm. The accompaniment, which was perfectly tailored to the works and the size of choir, consisted of organ, expertly played by Alex West, and the Divertimento string ensemble. The choral works were interspersed with appropriate poems by local poet, Laurence Sail. The Fauré, almost too well known, yet came up fresh, sung by the choir with great feeling and fine control of dynamics and phrasing. The choir's quality was shown by the 'Offertorium', a notoriously tricky movement, in which altos and tenors blended beautifully, and Dominic Rousseau sang the baritone solo with great sensitivity. The 'Pie Jesu' solo was sung by the sopranos, which worked well, and the 'Agnus Dei', with another awkward passage, was delivered in style. The 'Libera me' movement showed both choir and baritone soloist in fine voice, and the final 'In Paradisum' was suitably hushed and rapt. 

The Vivaldi, if at risk of over-familiarity, yet revealed its ageless quality and variety. It was put over with great style and rhythmic vitality, with sweet-toned sopranos Melanie Shaw and Shirley Tanner blending beautifully in the 'Laudamus te' duet. Having the 'Domine Deus' solo sung by all the sopranos made sense, and the catchy 'Domine fili unigenite' had the choir almost dancing. Carolin van Montfoort proved a capable alto soloist in the 'Domine Deus', and the work ended with an exhilarating performance of the 'Cum sancto spiritu' fugue. 

Finally, the choir demonstrated its a cappella credentials (and grasp of Old Church Slavonic!) in the Kalinnikov encore. All in all, it was a most enjoyable anniversary concert of a talented group. 

Alastair Logan
15 November 2015

 

Church Safari, September 2015

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Exevox at Christow - May 2015

Poster, Christow 16 May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the first time I had heard ExeVox and I was very taken with the group cohesion, the sense of fun (so many smiles at the end of pieces), the professionalism, the information before the pieces, and of course the glorious sound, and all backed up with a feeling of being looked after so well by the 'front-of-house' team in such a gorgeous church in a hidden-way village on Dartmoor.

I particularly loved Eric Whitacre's "Sainte-Chapelle". I have seen YouTube clips, but never heard it live. Gosh, sounds tricky to perform with all those close intervals, but of course they gave it such vibrancy. The French songs were all lovely.

I had travelled from just west of London to be at the concert. It was SO well worth the effort and will be a cherished memory for a long time. And of course how lovely that the church will benefit financially (the tickets seemed cheap to me, especially with wine and nibbles thrown in, but perhaps that's London inflation having an effect). Please pass my thanks on to the singers.

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Church Safari, September 2014

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A World Tour with ExeVox, Ipplepen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some comments from our audience:

“We were wowed by the harmonies, rhythms and the number of different languages the choir sang in”

“The choir’s dynamic control was impressive”

“Excellent choral blend in a brilliant, engaging, exciting programme”

“Beautiful, musical phrasing and understanding of a variety of styles”

A World Tour with ExeVox, Bovey Tracey

ExeVox in Concert, Torquay

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