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.

OUR NEXT CONCERT

Saturday 9th July 7:30pm
Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth

Compered by John Suchet from Classic FM

ORB & SCEPTRE: A concert to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – to include music performed at the 1953 Coronation.

To book tickets for our future events, click the Concerts & Workshops tab then Summer concert.

Future 2022 dates for your diary:
Saturday 9 July – St Andrew’s Church – Orb and Sceptre: A Musical Celebration for the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II – to include music performed at the 1953 Coronation
Saturday 8 October – David Lawrence workshop


Many thanks to all those who came to our concert of
Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. One audience member commented the concert was ‘magnificent’, and said, ‘We were both really energised by the evening and loved every minute’. Our, now retired, accompanist Jenny Shepley said, “I loved every minute of it. You sounded absolutely fantastic and it was so great to see you all again.”

It was wonderful to sing together again!  The concert went really well, and we owe Musical Director Christopher Fletcher our thanks for inspiring the choir so much and enabling us to sing at such a level again after a long break over the past two years.  A real tribute to him, as this was his 25th anniversary concert as leader of our choir. Massive thanks also go to everyone for the support and hard work that was put in to making the day go so smoothly.  

OUR RECENT CONCERT

PPC performing Handel and Mozart

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Feature article gives a glimpse behind the scenes at the Phil.

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The Herald produced a splendid feature about our choir interviewing our youngest and one of our oldest members. They have an age difference of 75 years! It also reveals just…

CHORAL WORKSHOP
WITH DAVID LAWRENCE

Our  2022 choral workshop sees a welcome return to David Lawrence. His 2019 choral workshop was a huge success. 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 got us to sing a closely harmonised phrase from the Little Jazz Mass with our eyes closed to emphasise the need to listen to each other – this was really effective.
  • 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.

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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