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
Philip Liddicoat 1920 – 2015
With great sadness we report that our choir President Philip Liddicoat passed away in Derriford Hospital on Friday 16th January aged 94.
Before becoming President Philip was the choir’s Musical Director for 18 years, a post from which he retired in 1996. Philip brought great encouragement and enthusiasm to the choir.
Our current Musical Director Christopher Fletcher took over from Philip. In his early days with the choir Christopher appreciated much advice provided by Philip “both as a musician and as a man”.
In April 2011 our performance of Haydn’s Creation Mass, and Mozart’s Great C minor Mass, was a tribute to Philip in the choir’s 40th anniversary year. Throughout his life, in a great many ways, Philip helped maintain the highest standards of classical choral music in the city. Music made by Philip has marked the great occasions in the lives of Plymothians. As organist at St Andrew’s Church for 33 years he provided tunes from the cradle to the grave: at christenings, marriages and funerals. Philip played at a great many civic occasions and directed the music for over three decades at the city’s mother church – including the rededication service for the rebuilt landmark.
The thoughts of all our many members are with his wife Janet and their family to whom we send our fondest condolences.
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.
Notice to choir
Rehearsals begin for the Verdi on Thursday 8th January 2015
Here’s advance notice of our next two concerts and how you can obtain tickets:
CONCERTS IN THE GUILDHALL, PLYMOUTH
Sunday 22nd March 2015 7.30 pm
HANDEL: Israel in Egypt
Sunday 5th July 2015 at 7.30 pm
For more information and to obtain tickets click the concerts tab.
Requiem – Verdi
“This electrifying piece will pin you back in your seat…a blockbuster.” (Classic FM)
“Verdi’s Requiem must be one of the greatest classical works of all time; it’s a gargantuan, extraordinary piece.” (BBC Music)
Conductor: Christopher Fletcher
Date: Sunday 22 March 2015 at 7:30 pm
Location: The Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth. PL1 1HA
Soloists: Soprano Catherine Hamilton, Mezzo Alison Kettlewell, Tenor Adriano Graziani, Bass-baritone Roderick Hunt
"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