Below are some photographs of recent concerts, with extracts from reviews by Philip R Buttall of the Plymouth Herald

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“...this reading of Monteverdi’s iconic Vespers must rank as one of the choir’s best to date...”

“While the singers are always impeccably well-drilled, avoiding using the scores for the occasional movement really created a unique extra attention-level, with everyone of necessity at one with the conductor.”

“But again the choir deserves the ultimate accolade for singing its heart out, and clearly conveying how very much it enjoyed every single note.”

Recent concerts

Christmas Concert 2015 in the Great Hall
 
In recent years, the choir has performed the following works:
  • Bach St John Passion
  • Mozart Credo Mass
  • Vaughan Williams A Cotswold Romance
  • Elgar Part Songs
  • Bach Mass in B Minor
  • Monteverdi Vespers
  • English Part Songs
  • Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
  • Vivaldi Gloria
  • Bach Cantata 191
  • Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes 
  • Schumann Part-Songs
  • Bach Magnificat
  • Kuhnau Magnificat
  • Schein Motets
  • Brahms Requiem
  • Handel Messiah
  • Bach Christmas Oratorio

 

Conductor

 

Simon Capet

Simon Capet

Simon has recently returned to the UK after two decades living and working in North America. Simon entered the Royal College of Music at age 15 and later attended the Royal Academy of Music on an exhibition scholarship. After the RAM Simon served as music director of multiple ensembles including the Pegasus Ensemble and Battersea Arts Centre Opera until 1995 when he took up the post of Music Coordinator and Assistant Conductor with the Vancouver Opera. He later became the Music Director of the Modern Baroque Opera in Vancouver, winning a Brian McMaster Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and a Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award for his work with the company.
 
Over the following twenty years Simon has worked as a freelance conductor directing orchestras, opera companies and choirs across North America. In 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting concerts with The New York Pops.
 
In 2005 Simon founded the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, serving as its principal conductor until 2009. With the choir he notably organized a re-imagined version of Antonín Dvoƙák's The Spectre's Bride which incorporated a new modernized English libretto by Mollie Kaye and shadow puppets designed by Pixar's Michel Gagne.
 
Simon is presently Music Director of an innovative orchestral ensemble in Toronto, Canada called euphonia. A group of dynamic musicians who according to critics are “the hippest band in the city” and “the tightest ensemble to rock the stage in clubland T.O.” Since April 2013 euphonia have been the house band at Lula Lounge, a famous nightclub in Toronto, giving sold out performances that have been challenging perceptions of classical music and attracting new and enthusiastic audiences.

 

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