The Mark Saxelby Memorial Choral Workshop & Concert

Rowcroft Hospice
Rowcroft Hospice


South Devon Choir presents an afternoon singing workshop of Vivaldi’s lively and lovely ‘Gloria’ and Sir Hubert Parry’s stirring ‘I was glad‘ which will be followed by a public performance of the two works.

The Choir will be remembering a much-loved member, Mark Saxelby, in whose name this workshop and performance are being held.

The profits from this workshop and the public performance which will follow it, are in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. South Devon Choir hopes our audience will join with us in expressing our thanks for the work of our local hospice and remembering those who have received care there.

The event will be held at Paignton Parish Church (more details below) on Saturday 10 June 2023.

The Workshop

Doors open for registration and collecting scores at 2pm. The workshop starts at 2.30pm and the day concludes with the public performance which should finish about 7pm. Tickets are £15 including score hire. A cash deposit of £5.00 for the scores will be required at registration. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the concert. Please note we are using the Oxford University Press Edition . There is no reduction in the cost of the workshop for using your own score.

Please do invite your friends and family to come and listen to the performance.

The Public Performance

The public performance commences at 6pm with doors opening to the public at 5.45pm. There will be a retiring collection for those who wish to make an extra donation to Rowcroft Hospice.


Singers – £15

  • Either purchase your ticket online using the TicketSource button
  • Or download the application form below and send by post with a cheque in payment.

Public Performance – Tickets at £5 per person (no concessions) are available from South Devon Choir members, online via TicketSource (please note there is a booking fee) or on the door (cash only).

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Robin Stubbs is the locally well-known conductor of Britannia Choral Society, Dartmouth. Robin is a busy professional musician based in Plymouth. He divides his time between running a busy prep school music department, organ playing and choral directing and conducting.

Simon Dunbavand and Robin Stubbs


Simon Dunbavand is an accomplished organist, being a graduate of music from Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Peterhouse, and The University of Sheffield, where he held the Charles Bryers Scholarship. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and the Royal College of Music. Simon has performed throughout the UK and across Europe.


The workshop and performance will be held at Paignton Parish Church (St John’s Church), Church Street, Paignton TQ3 3AQ. Car parking is available in Churchward Road Car Park, Crown and Anchor Way Car Park, Victoria Car Park and there is on-street (pay at the machine) parking in Palace Avenue around the gardens.

Parking around St John’s Church, Paignton

Information sheet for singers

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