Going back a few years

A complete history of concerts performed since the foundation of the Choir in 1871 is held by the Secretary.

The following are details of concerts performed over the past 25 years which we hope you will find of interest. Orchestral or instrumental works performed in concerts and the items in carol concerts are not shown.


December – Handel “Messiah”


July – No concert due to Coronavirus outbreak

April – Orff “Carmina Burana” – Cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak


December – Handel “Judus Maccabeaus”

July – Opera Classics

April – Brahms “German Requiem” (sung in English)


December – Calm After Chaos – Haydn “Nelson Mass”, Williams “Tsunami Requiem”, Lauridsen “O Magnum Mysterium”

July – Seaside Serenade – Andrew Carter “Horizons”, Gilbert & Sullivan, excerpts from “HMS Pinafore”, Dyson “Four Songs for Sailors”, Stanford “Songs of the Sea” and “Rule Britannia!”

April – Rossini “Stabat Mater” and Puccini “Messa di Gloria”


November – Britten “St Nicolas” and Bach “Cantata 140 – Sleepers Wake!”

July – Horovitz “Summer Sunday”,  Shearing “Shakespeare: Songs and Sonnets”, Bernstein & Sondheim “West Side Story” and Rogers & Hammerstein “Oklahoma!”

April – Rutter – “Requiem” and “Magnificat”


December – Handel “Messiah” Part one, Cecelia McDowall “Christus Natus Est!”, two Christmas carols and “Hallelujah Chorus”

July – “Verdi’s Requiem” with the Coast to Coast Choir (South Devon Choir, North Devon Choral Society & Bude Choral Society) performing at Torquay and Barnstaple.

March –  “Choral Classics & Schubert’s Mass in G”  Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach – O Jesus when I come to die (from St John Passion), Brahms – How lovely are all Thy Dwellings (from German Requiem), Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine, Franck – Panis angelicus, Mozart – Ave verum corpus, and in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday  two well-loved and royally connected pieces of music in Her honour, Handel – Zadok the Priest and Parry – I was glad.

November – “Magnificat & Gloria” Bach’s Magnificat in D, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and the Vivaldi Gloria.

July – “Fascinating Rhythm” A medley of songs and piano music by George Gershwin and excerpts from Porgy & Bess.

2015  March  –  “Haydn’s Creation”

2014  December  –  “Come and Carol”   Christmas concert

November – “In Praise of Peace” – Karl Jenkins The Armed Man,  Finzi In Terra Pax

July  –      “Songs of the Sea”    Stanford – Songs of the Fleet, George Dyson – 4 Songs for Sailors, Horowitz – Captain Noah and his floating Zoo

April  –      “Elgar in the Spring”  The Music Makers & Sea Pictures by Elgar and Toward the Unknown Region & Festival Te Deum by R Vaughan-Williams

2013 December – In Memoriam – In memory of Malvern Cooke Honorary Secretary of South Devon Choir 1990 to 2012 – Faure Requiem and Carols by John Rutter

July  –  Victoriana – featuring Michael Hurd  Mrs Beeton’s Book—A Music Hall Guide to Victorian Living and other Victorian favourites

March  –  Mendelssohn – ‘Elijah’ (with Festival Orchestra)

2012  December – Britten Ceremony of Carols, Bush Christmas Cantata; Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on British Carols,
Jacob New Born King with organ accompaniment.

June   – ‘Opera Classics’ (Well-known choruses from a selection of operas) with grand piano accompaniment.

March – Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle – plus Mozart and Debussy – piano duets

2011  November – Mendelssohn – ‘Hymn of Praise’ plus 5 Choral Classics (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar & Parry)

July – German – ‘Tom Jones’

April – Mozart – ‘Requiem in D minor’, ‘Solemn Vespers’, ‘Ave Verum Corpus’

2010  November – Durufle ‘Requiem’ & Gounod ‘St Cecilia Mass

June – Vaughan Williams ‘A Sea Symphony’, Dyson ‘Four songs for sailors’, G&S ‘HMS Pinafore’ extracts, H Wood ‘Fantasia on British sea songs’, Elgar ‘Pomp & Circs No 1’, Parry ‘Jerusalem’ (Two performances with North Devon Choral Society including one in Barnstaple Pannier Market)

March – Faure ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ & ‘Requiem’, Rossini ‘Stabat Mater’

2009 December – Rutter ‘Mass of the Children’, ‘When Icicles Hang’, ‘Feel the Spirit’

June – Handel ‘Acis & Galatea’

March – Mozart ‘Mass in C Minor’, Haydn ‘Nelson Imperial Mass’

2008  November – Bizet ‘Te Deum’, Charpentier ‘Messe de Minuit pour Noel’, Saint-Saens ‘Christmas Oratorio’

July – Parry ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’, Elgar ‘Songs from the Bavarian Highlands’, Coleridge Taylor  ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’

March – Cherubini ‘Requiem’, Puccini ‘Messa di Gloria’

2007 December – Bach ‘Christmas Oratorio’

May – Orff ‘Carmina Burana’, Mendelssohn ‘ Die Erste Walpurgsinacht’ (Two perfomances with North Devon Choral Society & Stanborough Chorus including one in Barnstaple Pannier Market)

March – Handel ‘Messiah’

2006  November – Brahms ‘Requiem’ (sung in German)

July – Selection of choral classics plus Dvorak ‘Mass in D’

April – Elgar ‘Dream of Gerontius’

2005  November – Selection of opera choruses plus Puccini ‘Messa di Gloria’

June – Selection of choral classics plus Schubert ‘Mass in G’

April/May – V Williams ‘Sea Symphony’ (Two peformances with North Yorkshire Chorus including one in Ripon Cathedral)

March – Handel ‘Messiah’ (part II), Stainer ‘Crucifixion’

2004  November – Poulenc ‘Gloria’, Britten ‘St Nicolas’

June – Selection of choral classics

March – Verdi ‘Requiem’ (Two performances with North Devon Choral Society & Stanborough Chorus including one in Barnstaple Pannier Market)

2003   November – Schubert ‘Mass in F’ and setting of the 23rd Psalm

May – Selection of choral classics plus Vivaldi ‘Gloria in D major’

March – Selection of Rutter music plus Rutter ‘Requiem’

2002  November – Mendelssohn ‘Elijah’

June – Selection of choral classics (music appropriate for the Royal Golden Jubilee celebrations)

March – Dvorak ‘Stabat Mater’

2001 November – Haydn ‘Creation’

July – Selection of choral classics plus Carter ‘Benedicite’ (with a large chldren’s choir)

March – Elgar ‘Music Makers’

2000 December – Mozart ‘Requiem in D minor’

October/July – Berlioz ‘Te Deum’ (Two performances with Croque Note from St Nazaire, France, including one in St Nazaire Church)

April – Faure ‘Requiem’, ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ & Edwards ‘Immortality’

1999  December – ‘Sing Noel’ Carol concert

November – Brahms ‘Requiem’ (sung in German) plus a selection of opera choruses

June –  V Williams ‘A Cotswold Romance’

May/March – Vivaldi ‘Gloria’, Pitoni ‘Cantate Domino’, Correa ‘O Vos Omnes’, Rutter ‘Praise ye the Lord’ (Three performances with the ‘Gloria’ performed twice in Caen, France)

1998  December – ‘Sing Noel’ Carol concert

November – Beethoven ‘Mass in C’ plus ‘A Calm Sea’

July – Orff ‘Carmina Burana’ (performance with Truro Choral Society in Truro)

May – Elgar ‘Dream of Gerontius’ (with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir)

April – Stainer ‘Crucifixion’

1997  December – ‘Sing Noel’ Carol concert

June – Dyson ‘Canterbury Pilgrims’

March – Puccini ‘Messa di Gloria’, Skempton ‘Two poems of Edward Thomas’

1996  November – Handel ‘Messiah’

June – Verdi ‘Requiem’ (with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, Truro Choral Society and Harborne Singers)

March – Rutter ‘Requiem’, Wood ‘Hail Gladdening Light’, Tschesnokoff ‘Let Thy Holy Spirit come upon us’

1995 November – Mendelssohn ‘Elijah’

June – Walton ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ (with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir and Gloucester Choral Society)

March – Bach ‘St John Passion’

1994  December – ‘Sing Noel’ Carol concert (with Devon Youth Orchestra)

November – Haydn ‘The Creation’

June – ‘Midsummer Music’ (excerpts from works by V Williams, Borodin, Gilbert & Sullivan’ & ‘Les Miserables’ –  two performances in the area)

March – Brahms ‘Requiem’ (sung in German)

1993  December – ‘The Magic of Christmas’ (Carol concert with the Band of HM Royal Marines Commandos, Lympstone)

November – Haydn ‘Nelson Mass’, Britten ‘St Nicolas’

June – ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ (various choral classics – two performances in the area)

March – ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ (Music for Royal occasions – celebrating the Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession to the Throne)

1992  December – ‘The Torbay Christmas Cracker’ (Carol concert with children from local primary schools)

November – Elgar ‘The Dream of Gerontius’

June – Orff ‘Carmina Burana’ (with chorus excerpts from opera and operetta works)

March – Stainer ‘The Crucifixion’, Faure ‘Requiem’

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