Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2008 directed by Sir Neville Marriner
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 21 June 2008


Music Director: Sir Neville Marriner
Peter Adcock piano
Héloïse West soprano
Benedict Nelson baritone


Charles Villiers Stanford Songs of the Sea
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Exsultate, Jubilate
Gabriel Fauré Requiem


It was a privilege to welcome back Sir Neville Marriner to direct the choral workshop on the Saturday; his third visit to the Festival. The 200 singers were joined by a capacity audience for an informal concert in the evening, breaking all previous records. The first half showcased two young soloists who have very promising careers ahead of them. The baritone Benedict Nelson gave a spirited rendering of Stanford’s Songs of the Sea accompanied by the chorus, the wording ‘Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain’ having particular resonance that evening. We were then treated to an enchanting performance from soprano Héloïse West, her pure bel canto voice rising effortlessly in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. Following this, the unaccompanied Negro spiritual, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? was sung with such purity of voice and poignancy of feeling that many in the audience were moved near to tears. The choir then performed the tranquil setting of Fauré’s Requiem articulating all the detail worked on by the maestro during the day, and conveying the emotion of the piece to an appreciative audience.

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.