South West England’s Premier Choir

Founded in 1970, 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 and concerts often include internationally respected soloists.

CHORAL WORKSHOP
WITH DAVID LAWRENCE

Our recent choral workshop with David Lawrence was a huge success, and we have asked him to return in a couple of years. 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.

CHOIR NEWS

PHOTOS OF OUR RECENT CONCERT

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Photos of our recent concert in Plymouth PC Cathedral and our sell-out concert with the Orchestra of the Band of HM Royal Marines are on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PlymouthPhilharmonicChoir/posts/

PPC performing with Daniel O’Donnell

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We were invited to sing with Irish superstar Daniel O'Donnell. See a gallery of photos from the evening here: https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthPhilharmonicChoir  

COMMENTS FOLLOWING RECENT CONCERTS

“The choir was just fantastic and the overall detail you brought to this work was such a pleasure to listen to. A truly splendid achievement. I am always proud of what the Philharmonic Choir achieves and at the end of the performance I was lost for words – possibly a first for me!!!”
Brian Gerry, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir President

“I’m really proud to be part of this wonderful choir. Christopher works us hard but look at the results! Fantastic and memorable evening of amazing soloists and orchestra too.”
Kathryn Slater, choir member

“The choir were superb. As their new President I’d like to congratulate them all. The one word that springs to mind was moving. It was a sweeping arch of sound.” Brian Gerry

Comments overheard on the way out after a concert:
“What an achievement. The harmonies were fabulous.”
To a choir member “You look exhausted. How’s the voice?” “What voice?” she croaked.
“It was so moving and everyone put in a hundred and ten percent.”
“That soprano was terrific.”
“To my untutored ears it was fantastic.”
“Absolutely magic – so powerful.”
“I’m knackered!” (said by a choir member)

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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