The Boniface Concert Society brings wonderful musicians to Crediton Church every year and I look forward to their forthcoming programme.  But this year there will also be several other exciting concerts which you might like to put in your diaries.

Exeter Chamber Choir will be giving a concert of choral music on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm.  This choir draws members from south and mid-Devon and is conducted by Andrew Daldorph who is a well known local classical and jazz musician and who is organist at Newton St Cyres church.  (Tina acts as deputy conductor).  The choir has most recently performed at Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey but it’s a number of years since they have come to Crediton.  The programme will include pieces by Brahms and Bruckner.

The Crediton Church Music Endowment has been lying low during the lighting appeal, but we have been able to make some modest initial grants this year.  We will be running a Soirée on Saturday 2nd April at 7pm in the Boniface Centre which will include supper and an entertainment.  This will be a light-hearted and enjoyable evening to raise money for the Endowment.  Tickets will be available in March.

On Sunday 17th April (Palm Sunday) I am delighted that the Torbay Singers – conducted by our very own Tina Guthrie – are making a return visit to Crediton to give an afternoon concert at Holy Cross.  They will be singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel’s Coronation Anthems (including Zadok the Priest), accompanied by Divertimento Strings with wind and brass, and joined by soloists Louise Mott, Heloise West, Rupert Charlesworth and Alex Poulton.  Anybody who remembers the fantastic performance of Bach’s St. John Passion given by the Torbay Singers two years ago will know that this will be an event not to be missed!  The concert will begin at 3.00pm and tickets are priced £10 (16’s and under free).  For more information please telephone Tina on 07792188253.

And finally Tina will be running another Community Choral Project this summer, like the performance of Messiah which took place during the 2009 Festival.  This time the performance will be of Haydn’s Creation, with orchestra, on the evening of Saturday July 2nd.  The publicity is not yet out for this for you might like to put the date in your diary.

It is great that we can host such special musical events and I hope that you will let any interested family and friends know about them.  They each be bringing financial support to the church as well as great music!

Nigel Guthrie