South Devon Choir has been singing choral music enthusiastically in this lovely area since the 1870s.

We are a choir of nearly 100 singers and each Thursday we gather at St Pauls Church Hall, Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton to learn works ranging from Bizet’s Te Deum and Handel’s Messiah to Horawitz and Flanders’ Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo and Karl Jenkins The Armed Man.  In fact nearly all the historical oratorios, cantatas and choral works have been performed at concerts as well as 20th century compositions.

Choir left

Choir right

John pictured before The Creation March 2015
John Hobbs pictured before The Creation concert – March 2015

We welcome new members to come and sing with us to experience the fun, inspiration, friendship and sense of achievement learning and performing amazing music.

14 thoughts on “Home

    Wendy Seville said:
    August 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I am interested in joining your choir, having picked up a leaflet at Dartington . When do rehearsals start and are their auditions?


      South Devon Choir responded:
      September 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Wendy, I hope my reply to Ann will give you the information you need but you would be very welcome if you turn up at St Pauls Church Hall, Preston, Paignton at about 7.20pm on Thursday 3rd September at our first rehearsal. There are no auditions. We suggest that new choir members come along to 2 or 3 rehearsals to ‘try us out’ before actually formally joining the Choir. Hope to see you (and Ann) on Thursday evening. 🙂


      Barry said:
      March 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      I am interested in joining your choir

      Email bart.silk@virgin.net




    Ann Buckland said:
    August 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I am
    Interested in joining for the big choir annual event ?
    Thank you,
    Ann/ Alto


      South Devon Choir responded:
      September 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Ann – You will be very welcome. We are performing the Verdi Requiem in July 2016 and will start rehearsing it probably before Easter. However, it would be great if you would come along and try us out before that. Why don’t you come along to our first rehearsal at St Pauls Church Hall, Preston, Paignton for about 7.20pm this Thursday (3rd September) and introduce yourself. No audition required and you don’t have to be able to read music, although it definitely helps to be able to follow it a bit.


    Liz Whittaker said:
    September 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I have always enjoyed singing and am interested in joining a choir, but have been told there can be a high cost for subscription. Could you let me know what the subs are please ?


      Christine Forte said:
      August 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Would like to know more about this choir. Are there rehearsals in August. If so would like to come along. 80 members seems a lot. Is there a saturation point or are newcomers always welcome?


        South Devon Choir responded:
        September 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Hi Christine, did you get an email from us and from our Membership Secretary? We start practising again this week on Thursday 8th September, at St Paul’s Church Hall, Paignton – arrive about 7.15pm and say hello. Ask for Sally, Prim or Stella and introduce yourself. Stella 🙂


    graeme Whitaker said:
    September 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I regret that I shall not be able to attend rehearsals until October, but have ancient copy of Messiah and look forward to joining you again. Graeme Whitaker (1st tenor)


    Courtney Banks said:
    December 4, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Hi I was wondering if it would be okay to come along to one of your choir practices on a Thursday, i would like to think I have the confidence to eventually join in… what time do you all usually gather at the church?


      South Devon Choir responded:
      December 7, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Hi Courtney
      You would be very welcome to come along to a choir practice or two or three. As we are just about to finish this term with our concert on Saturday 10th December at Central Church, Torquay we shall be rehearsing there on Thursday 8 December. We start singing at 7.25 with a warm up. You would be welcome to drop in, or alternatively we start our new term on Thursday 5th January at St Pauls Church Hall, Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton – again we are there from 7.15pm and start our warm up at 7.25pm. If you would like further information please get back to us. 🙂


    hrallison said:
    August 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Hello. I am interested in coming to a choir rehearsal to see if I can still remember how to sing! I was in a choir for 9 years, but that was 35 years ago! I read music and sang as an alto. Do you have rehearsals on September 7th? Would it be ok to come along?
    Kind regards,


    Nancy Whitmarsh said:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Hello. I wonder if you could tell me when your rehearsals start and whether you are accepting new members. I adore choral music and belonging to a choir. I am alto and would love to come along.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards


    Katherine Lidbetter said:
    December 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I have received a ups parcel from you addressed to English philharmonia. They are no longer at this address (left 2 years ago) and I have no forwarding address. What should I do with the parcel?


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