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Exon Singers

Director: Matthew Owens

 Exon Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from England.

The Exon Singers is recognised as one of the UK's leading chamber choirs. Founded in 1966, it has become renowned for its dynamic and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance to the present day.

The Exon Singers can often be heard on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and on CD. In December 2009 the choir recorded a second disc with the Regent Records label, of previously unrecorded music of Philip Wilby, who was the Composer in Residence at the 2009 Festival. This CD is to be released in 2011 and follows on from the choir's first disc with Regent released in the summer of 2010, of previously unrecorded music by Philip Moore. Philip Moore was the choir's Festival Composer in Residence in 2008, having then recently retired as Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster. Previous recordings by the choir include critically acclaimed discs with the Delphian label, of music by Howard Skempton, Dr Francis Jackson, and in 2004 a first recording of a reconstruction of Vespers by Tomas Luis de Victoria.

Under the direction of Matthew Owens, the choir has received considerable recognition for its commitment to commissioning new works from some of today's most exciting composers - Joseph Phibbs, Richard Allain, David Briggs, Grayston Ives, Francis Jackson, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton, Philip Moore and Philip Wilby. The choir is looking forward to welcoming the American composer Gary Davison as Composer in Residence for the 2011 Festival. Since 1973, the annual Exon Singers Festival has been based in the historic market town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor, and includes the venues of Tavistock Parish Church and Buckfast Abbey.

Discography

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Exon Singers : Francis Jackson Sacred Music : 00  1 CD : Matthew Owens : Francis Jackson : Francis Jackson : 34035

Exon Singers : Francis Jackson Sacred Music

Review: As he approaches his 90th birthday Francis Jackson remains one of the finest, bestloved and most versatile church musicians of his age. The eleven works on this disc, none of them previously recorded, have all the colour, emotional depth and attention to structural detail that are consistent hallmarks of his style. Working closely with the composer, the Exon Singers bring their customary blend of virtuosity, intense commitment and subtle responsiveness to this special birthday tribute.

Songlist: Missa Matris Dei Opus 72, Tantum Ergo , A Hymn to God the Father, Three Carols for Advent, Gabriel's Message, I Know a Flower, While the Careless World is Sleeping, Evening Service in B flat, Homage to Thomas Weelkes, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, O Most Merciful, The Prayer of Saint Francis, Thanks be to the Lord

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5891c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella


Exon Singers : Victoria - Second Vespers of the Fest of the Annunciation : 00  1 CD : Matthew Owens : Tomas Luis de Victoria : 34025

Exon Singers : Victoria - Second Vespers of the Fest of the Annunciation

Review: The Spanish master of the golden age of polyphony, Tomas Luis de Victoria, left an astoundingly beautiful legacy of antiphonal sacred music devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Realised for the very first time here by The Exon Singers is a Vespers for the Annunciation, bringing together these works of Marian devotion in a glorious and revelatory celebration.

Songlist: Deus, In Adiutorium, Meum Intende, Missus Est Gabriel, Dixit Dominus, Missus Est Gabriel, Ave Maria, Laudate Pueri Dominum, Ave Maria, Ne Timeas Maria, Laetatus Sum, Ne Timeas Maria, Dabat Ei Dominus, Ecce Virgo Concipiet, Angelus Domini Nuntiavit Mariae , Ave Maris Stella, Ave Maria Gratia Plena, Gabriel Angelus, Magnifica anima Mea, Gabriel Angelus, Dominus Vobiscum, Benedicamus Domino, Regina Coeli, Gaude Et Laetare, Deus, Qui Per, ResurrectionFilii, Kurie Eleison

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8428c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella


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