Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2014 directed by Gavin Carr
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 21 June 2014
Start Time: 10.00am
End Time: 9.30pm
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
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Ticket Information: Choir Registration Fee Adults £18 Students £5. Free for children under 17 accompanied by an adult. Booking is now open.

Verdi Requiem
Conductor: Gavin Carr
Piano: Peter Adcock
Soprano: Anna Jeruc-Kopec
Mezzo Soprano: Marianne E Andersen
Tenor: Alex Tsilogiannis
Bass: Piotr Lempa


Concert Review
From the opening spine-chilling, sombre entry of the bass singers to the peaceful and essentially optimisitic closing bars, this most lyrical and operatic of requiems was performed with passion and drama by a huge choir of 200 voices under the exuberant and highly expressive direction of Gavin Carr.

And St Peter's Church on a warm mid-summer evening was a perfect setting to experience his emotionally-charged and dramatic work. The Shaldon Festival Choir performed with commendable skill and cohesion, having rehearsed together for barely five hours that day. They were joined by four soloists of the highest quality, (hailing from Poland, Norway and Greece) whose voices merged and complemented one another with pleasing subtlety.

And, special mention shold be made of Peter Adcock at the piano who held together the 200 voices. From the frenzy of excitement in the Dies Irae to the reflective, pastoral mood of the Offertorio and the paean of praise in the Sanctus, Gavin Carr extracted the whole range of emotions from the singers who clearly found the experience of the day a hugely rewarding and enjoyable one, as well as a considerable learning experience to work with professionals of exceptional talent.

Neil McRae


Gavin Carr was born in London and studied music and art history at King's College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar in the celebrated Chapel Choir. He then emigrated for five years to Australia, where he began his singing career working with leading ensembles including the Victoria State Opera. Returning to Europe via study in the US, Gavin made his name as a baritone, appearing at many festivals and with major orchestras and choruses worldwide in concert and recital, and recording for BBC and German radio

Numerous opera appearances in the UK, France, Ireland, Australia and Italy followed, but in 2003 Gavin accepted the post of Music Director of The Athenaeum Singers in Warminster, swiftly following this with Assistant Conductor at the Wexford Festival where he made his operatic conducting debut with the Peter Brook version of Bizet's Carmen, which was nominated for 'Best Opera Production of 2007' in the Irish Times National Arts Awards. An affiliation with the Bath Philharmonic began in 2006 when he was appointed Associate Principal Conductor.

In April 2007 Gavin made his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducting Emma Kirkby, Sarah Connolly and James Gilchrist in the St Matthew Passion in Bath Abbey. This event saw the inauguration of a new professional choir, Chorus Angelorum. In January 2008 he took up the Music Directorship of the Bath Minerva Choir. In 2009 he took the South West Festival Chorus on a tour to China of The Dream of Gerontius. Towards the end of 2009, Gavin was appointed Chorus Director of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, in recognition of his rapid development as a conductor with a special gift for motivating singers and achieving the highest levels of performance through his commitment and energy. As further recognition of this gift, in 2011 he was appointed Chorus Master of Wexford Festival Opera.

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.