South West England’s Premier Choir

Founded in 1970, our 150-plus members perform a variety of music in Plymouth and elsewhere in the country and abroad. We have won widespread acclaim and concerts often include world-class soloists and musicians. 'In the top 10% of amateur choirs in the UK' says internationally renowned tenor and choir Patron Neil Jenkins.


RUTTER: The Sprig of Thyme
CARTER: Benedicite featuring children from Fletewood School
at Minster Church of St Andrew
Saturday 24th June 3:30pm followed by a cream tea

For details about this concert and to book tickets click the Concerts & Workshops tab and
Summer Concert 2023

FRIDAY 30 JUNE – Rutter: The Sprig of Thyme and Carter: Benedicite
in The Garden House Arboretum at Buckland Monachorum
SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER – Choral workshop with John Hobbs – Parry: I was glad
and Puccini: Messa di Gloria at Woolwell Community Centre
SATURDAY 25 November – Handel: Samson at Minster Church of St Andrew
FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER – Singing carols at The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024 – Puccini: Messa di Gloria and Rossini: Stabat Mater
at Minster Church of St Andrew
SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2024 – Carter: Horizons and Stanford: Songs of the Sea

Choral workshop with
David Lawrence

Our  2022 choral workshop saw a welcome return to David Lawrence and, like his 2019 workshop, it was a huge success. There is a report of this on our Concerts & Workshops tab. For those who weren’t there, we thought we’d share some of David Lawrence’s advice on singing technique … and also some of his wit …!!

  • Open the back of your mouth wide and say “The space at the back of my mouth”, then sing as if you were singing out behind you. This opens the pharyngeal space, whereas singing forward creates a constricted space and forces the voice.
  • David encouraged the altos to use their controlled vibrato to add richness of tone when singing forte at the top of our range – this earned us a round of applause.
  • Don’t drop your head when singing a low note and use the same face whether you’re singing high or low in your range.
  • To improve our diction, he got us to sing with our finger in our mouth and make the tongue work harder.
  • When you breathe in, imagine wearing a belt of noses around your waist.

PPC performing at our
Orb & Sceptre concert summer 2022

Wearing red, white and blue to celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

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.

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I've never been to a concert like this before and didn't think I'd like it. They were amazing!

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The highlight for me was the duet between the counter tenor and the soprano. Magnificent.

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What a lot of effort everyone puts into it, and it really shows.

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Very, very, very nice.

It was a badass concert!!!

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