Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2013 directed by Brian Kay
St Peter's Church
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 22 June 2013
Start Time: 10.00am
End Time: 9.30pm
Performer(s): Brian Kay
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Contact Email:
Box Office Contact: Ann Pardoe
Box Office Email:

Poulenc: Gloria
Vivaldi: Glori

Musical Director: Brian Kay
Piano: Peter Adcock
Soprano: Heloise West
Mezzo Soprano: Rebecca Smith



On Saturday 22 June in St Peter’s Church Shaldon the Shaldon Festival Choir under the baton of Brian Kay, the well-known and popular choral conductor, television and radio presenter and ex-King’s Singer, raised the roof with two contrasting settings of the Gloria. The first was composed in 1959 by Francis Poulenc and was considered extremely scandalous in its day; the second was the very well-known and joyful setting by Antonio Vivaldi composed about 1715 for an orphanage for girls in Venice.

The larger part of the day was spent on the Poulenc, but it all came together in an informal performance largely due to the linking solo sections sung quite exquisitely by soprano Héloïse West. Her lovely clear soprano voice was beautifully enhanced by the wonderful acoustic of St Peter’s. After the interval the Choir obviously enjoyed the very popular Vivaldi Gloria and this time Héloïse was joined by mezzo soprano Rebecca Smith who also sang beautifully.

Peter Adcock, the Official Accompanist to the Shaldon Festival, accompanied for the day on the piano in his usual brilliant style.

Brian Kay worked the Choir hard, but the day was most enjoyable, good fun and instructive, and at the end it was obvious from the ovation that the audience too had thoroughly enjoyed the final performance.

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.