Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2011 directed by Sir Neville Marriner
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 18 June 2011

GIOACHINO ROSSINI Petit Messe Solennelle


Piano: Peter Adcock
Organ: Jonathan Watts
Soprano: Héloïse West
Alto: Rebecca Smith
Tenor: Gitai Fisher
Bass: Julian Rippon


On Saturday 18 June Shaldon Festival was delighted to welcome a return visit by Sir Neville Marriner to conduct their annual choral workshop and concert; before he retired Sir Neville was for many years the distinguished conductor of the world famous Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

The Shaldon Festival Choir joined with four superb soloists, Héloïse West soprano, Rebecca Smith contralto, Gitai Fisher tenor and Julian Rippon bass, in a marvellously stirring performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle; this work is a great favourite of choirs, being full of beautiful melodies and joie de vivre. Both the workshop during the day and the evening concert were brilliantly accompanied by Peter Adcock on piano and Jonathan Watts on the organ.

The concert proved to be a memorable finale to a most enjoyable and exciting day. The four soloists sounded wonderful both in their solos and when joining together with each other or the choir. For the audience the final movement, the Agnus Dei, which is an alto solo with chorus, raised the whole day to a totally emotional higher level. Rebecca Smith’s singing of “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” started very softly and slowly crescendoed to a truly dramatic climax with the choir joining her in a magnificent tutta forza final “Grant us peace”.

This was Sir Neville’s fourth visit to Shaldon to conduct a choral workshop and Shaldon Festival is most grateful for his magnificent continuing and generous support.

Ro Rickett

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.