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South West Chamber Choir

South West Chamber Choir, a group of some 30 singers, performs a wide-ranging repertoire of sacred and secular choral music. The choir presents concerts that include Renaissance polyphony, motets and sacred music by English and Continental composers from the 16th to the 21st century, Elizabethan madrigals and romantic partsongs. We often include works by contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan, as well as music by local composers including Andrew Wilson and Jason Smart, both former Musical Directors of the choir. Much of the repertoire is sung unaccompanied.

The annual programme typically comprises a concert of sacred music in March/April at Buckfast Abbey or Tavistock Parish Church, a summer programme of unaccompanied madrigals and partsongs at different venues (mostly in West Devon and East Cornwall), and varied concerts in November and December. In July the choir sings choral services at cathedrals or abbeys, such as Truro, Bristol, Tewkesbury and Worcester.

There are sometimes vacancies for new singers, who are encouraged to join us at our practices on a trial basis. The ability to read music to a reasonable standard is essential. We have weekly rehearsals in Plymouth on Wednesday evenings. 

Stephen Trahair

Stephen Trahair has been the Music Director since 2008. He has produced several albums of unaccompanied arrangements of part-songs and carols, as well as two albums for organ. His choral arrangements form a significant part of the choir's repertoire.