South West England’s Premier Choir
Our 160 members conducted by Christopher Fletcher perform a variety of music in Plymouth and often elsewhere in the UK and abroad
A history stretching back to 1970 combined with a forward-thinking approach means we have an impressive track record and exciting plans for the future! The 160 members of the choir perform a variety of music in the city of Plymouth and elsewhere in the country and abroad. We have won widespread acclaim for our inspiring concerts, which often include internationally respected soloists.
Handel – Israel in Egypt
This epic story has all the ingredients for a Hollywood blockbuster movie. God chooses Moses to lead his people out of bondage. In his quest for revenge against the oppressive and cruel Egyptians, Moses calls on God to bring a deluge of frogs, hail and locusts, plagues and rivers of blood. This is a narrative of biblical proportions.
The thunderous climax is staged on the shores of the Red Sea with the miracle of parting the waves to allow Moses and the Israelites’ flight to safety and subsequent drowning of the Pharaoh and his army as they follow.
“Handel understands effect better than any of us; when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Christopher Fletcher
Soloists: Julian Rippon (Baritone), Richard Rowntree (Tenor), Héloïse West – (Soprano), Rebecca Smith (Mezzo soprano)
Date: Sunday 5 July 2015 at 7:30 pm
Location: The Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth. PL1 1HA
COMMENTS ABOUT OUR RECENT PERFORMANCE OF VERDI’S REQUIEM
“This was a one-off performance that will surely not be bettered in the city for many years to come – and rightly so.” Philip Buttall, music critic.
“I thought tonight’s concert was tremendous. There were a lot of people in the audience who really know their music and they made a point of coming up and saying how good it was…and to look around the Guildhall and see it packed full of people is simply wonderful.” Christopher Fletcher, PPC Conductor
Singing with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir is, “Fantastic! Christopher’s doing a wonderful job. The choir sounded absolutely great; the orchestra spot on; the audience really enjoyed it.” Matthew Minter, tenor
“I’ve performed Requiem about five times in the last two years…and the Plymouth Philharmonic is probably the best choir I’ve sung this piece with.” Bass-baritone Roderick Hunt
“I thought the concert went really, really well. Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece which I love singing. The whole evening captured the drama and poignancy of the piece.” Catherine Hamilton, soprano
“I think (the PPC) are amazing. I thought tonight was the best one I’ve sung and witnessed. It was astonishing. The stars were the choir. The orchestra also.” Alison Kettlewell, mezzo-soprano
“I don’t expect ever to hear a better performance of Verdi’s Requiem. It was very moving” Brian Gerry, local Conductor and Musical Director
"It is no wonder that, under the direction of Christopher Fletcher, the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir has become recognized as one of the best in the country."− Feeback from recent concert
"I've never been to a concert like this before and didn't think I'd like it. They were amazing!"− Feedback from recent concert
"The highlight for me was the duet between the counter tenor and the soprano. Magnificent."− Feedback from recent concert
"What a lot of effort everyone puts into it, and it really shows."− Feedback from recent concert
"Very, very, very nice.
It was a badass concert!!!"− Feedback from recent concert