The Exeter Bach Society was founded in 1995 by Alderman Ramon Yeo, an accomplished organist and admirer of Bach’s many compositions. Since its formation the society has delved deep into Bach’s repertoire, hosting numerous performances of his Cantatas, Lutheran masses and instrumental works. Our choral performances over the past few years have included Bach's Missa Brevis in F, Christmas Oratorio, St John and St Matthew Passions, and his iconic Mass in B minor. Major concerts and cantatas feature professional musicians and soloists from Devon and further afield.
The choir continues to stay true to its Bach tradition but frequently takes steps into the wider musical world including Handel's Dixit Dominus (Christmas 2016), Durufle's Requiem (Easter 2017) and Will Todd's Mass in Blue (Summer 2017) - a truly innovative concert linking Bach's enjoyment of improvisation to the jazz and blues movements which was received with much enthusiasm by the audience.
In addition to choral performances, the Exeter Bach Society organises a public choral workshop, instrumental recitals and talks throughout the season, which runs from September to early June.
There are currently around 50 - 60 active members in the EBS choir. We represent a broad spectrum of musical ability and experience, ranging from accomplished sight-readers to those who have had few prior opportunities to perform this type of music. What we all share is a passion for Bach’s music, an enthusiasm for performance, and a committee who ensure we have plenty of opportunity to do so. We are supported always by our patron, Dr Peter Hurford, and by our honorary president, Alderman Ramon Yeo, and we are most grateful to them for this support.
The Exeter Bach Society choir is lucky enough to have an expert selection of local instrumentalists on whom to call, and they accompany many of our performances professionally and generously volunteer their time for free events, such as Cantatas. Many of these musicians support us on a regular basis and provide the expertise to expand their ranks when required – as with the ambitious double Baroque orchestra needed to accompany the St Matthew Passion.
If you are interested in joining the choir of the Exeter Bach Society or would like to learn more, please have a look at our Join Us page or get in touch for more information.
Committee and Musical Staff
Director of Music: Jonathan Lucas Wood
Assistant Conductor: John Pearce
Accompanist: Colin Pettet
Chairman: Juliet Meadowcroft
Secretary (Membership): Nick du Buisson
Secretary (Minutes): Avril James
Treasurer: Ray Flack
Publicity Officer: George Potts
Publicity Officer: Gudrun Potts
Website Manager: Vacant
Front of House: Roger Churchward