First Old Exeter Choristers’ Reunion
Posted on 29th Sep, 2019
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, as our school’s Old Exeter Choristers and their former Choirmasters came together to celebrate their much-loved Choir and passion for music, and to share their special memories, experiences and anecdotes from years gone by.
The event was also attended by the school’s Director of Music, Miss Sophie Biddell, and the Director of Worcester College Chapel Music, Mr Tom Allery, who jointly led the musical programme for the day.
Throughout the day, guests were able to listen to musical performances by a number of our current pupils, indulge in a collection of jazz pieces performed by the school’s Brass Band (followed by a delicious lunch) and tour the school and Exeter College with its scenic views of Oxford’s dreaming spires, and the historic Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Libraries.
In his heart-warming speech, Mr Julian Larkin, former Exeter College Organ Scholar (1965 – 1968), highlighted the benefits of choir school education, and choristers’ proven successes in their future academic and professional careers. Indeed, the spirit of pride and gratitude was clearly demonstrated by everyone who attended the event, showing their deep affection for the Choir and their old school.
Directed by Mr Allery, all former members of Exeter Choir then gathered in the College Chapel for a rehearsal with the school’s current Worcester Choristers. A truly memorable Evensong, with an impressive vocal performance empowered by one of Britain’s leading baritones, Mr Roderick Williams OBE, an Old Boy and Old Exeter Chorister (1973 – 1976), was then greatly enjoyed by all present.
The event, which concluded with a Drinks Reception in the Rector’s Drawing Room, was a huge success overall with plenty of joyous conversations and recollections, and indeed, the ever present music, which has remained a life-long passion for all those who came to celebrate it, and who, no doubt, will be followed by many others in years to come.
The event’s full photo gallery is available for viewing within the Old Boys’ Online Community.