OTTERY ST MARY CHORAL SOCIETY
The Ottery St Mary Choral Society is an active community society, based in Ottery St. Mary in East Devon. Members come from many towns and villages in East Devon to meet every week between September and April. The society usually performs in the magnificent parish church dedicated to St. Mary, from which the town gets its name.
There has been a choral society in Ottery since the latter part of the 1800s and records exist showing that, in its present form , the society was founded in 1904. The centenary was celebrated with a special performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the splendid setting of Exeter Cathedral. There has been a concert tour to Ottery’s twin town in Germany, as well as participation in the BBC’s Songs of Praise. The Ottery Choral Society has performed in all the previous Classics Galore! Concerts in 2007, 2009, 2011,2013 and 2015 and is looking forward to playing an active part in 2017.
The Society continues to thrive with an 80-strong choir plus orchestra, which performs two or three concerts a year under the baton of Malcolm Matthews, who has been Musical Director since 1999. The society chairman is David Wade.
For further details about Ottery St Mary Choral Society please visit www.otterystmarychoral.org
or email email@example.com
ST DAVID’S PLAYERS
Since 2011 St David’s Players have enjoyed being participants in the Classics Galore! Concert to raise money for FORCE and were delighted when they were asked again to take part in the 2017 Classics Galore! Concert to form the Choir with The Ottery St Mary Choral Society.
It all started in 1969 as part of St David’s Church Youth Club, which was based at St David’s church in Exeter. The Club consisted of about thirty youngsters who went to St David’s Church either in the choir or the congregation, who got very enthusiastic about doing some sort of musical production.
Their first production was Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience in February 1970 and since then St. David’s Players have built a formidable reputation for staging Gilbert and/or Sullivan productions to the highest possible ‘professional’ standards every year. Through these productions St David’s Players have been able to donate approximately £17,000 to various charities.
This year they will be performing The Gondoliers at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 10th-14th October 2017.