Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2010 directed by Brian Kay
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 19 June 2010


Haydn Creation

Directed by BRIAN KAY

Piano: Peter Adcock
Soprano: Héloïse West
Bass: Julian Rippon


The traditional Saturday choral workshop day was directed by Brian Kay, the well known TV and Radio broadcaster, choral conductor and the original bass voice in the King’s Singers. It was his first visit to Shaldon Festival and we very much hope not his last. The 200 singers who had enrolled for the day witnessed a consummate choral master at work. Dividing Parts I, II and III of Hadyn’s Creation evenly across the morning and two afternoon sessions, and interspersed with many entertaining anecdotes, he achieved a miraculous transformation in the sound of the choir. The singers, almost effortlessly, absorbed the technique he was demonstrating for resonant voice production and conveying the meaning of the words.

The singers were joined by a good sized audience in the evening for an informal performance of the work which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The soprano soloist Héloïse West sang beautifully; delightful ornamentation with the ‘cooing dove’ in her Part II Aria and her bel canto voice soaring above the chorus in Part III. Bass soloist Julian Rippon was also in fine form with an intelligent and sympathetic performance. Unfortunately the tenor soloist engaged for the day took ill at the last moment and high praise goes to Héloïse and Julian who with the assistance of our superb accompanist Peter Adcock happily divided the part between them. When they were otherwise occupied with their own parts, Brian Kay sang the tenor line whilst continuing to conduct, a remarkable example of multi-tasking. In the words of the text “Achieved is the glorious work”.

Enid Hayles

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.