Tickets still available for Axminster choral concert

PUBLISHED: 08:38 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 13 March 2013

Axminster Choral presents Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Te Deums by Charpentier and Purcell

Conductor Judy Martin makes her fourth appearance with Axminster and District Choral Society at 7.30pm on Saturday (March 16) at The Minster Church, conducting three great works with soloists based in Devon who have previously been pupils or colleagues of hers in various other choirs.

Judy has been rehearsing the choir of over 80 singers since Christmas and will also be conducting an orchestra of leading musicians drawn from professional players based in the south west. The five noted soloists all have strong connections with Devon.

The concert begins at 7.30 pm and tickets (£10) are still available from Archway Books in Axminster or the Red Cross in Seaton and may be available at the door on the night. Further details from 01404 881838 or the website,

Judy said: “I have known Josie Walledge (nee Carpenter) since the early 1990s. We both sang in the famous Oxford choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford. In 1997, when Peter and I started a new professional octet as the church choir for St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Josie was one of the founder members of this choir. She has since often sung with my vocal ensemble, Voces Sacrae. Josie was brought up in Colyton, where her father Adrian was the choir director for the church choir. She now lives in Exminster with her husband, Christopher, and her two children. Christopher is also a soloist at the concert and he has given many solo performances in the UK and Europe. He currently sings in a number of chamber choirs in Devon, as well as directing Sine Nomine, a group which he founded at Exeter University more than 20 years ago.

I met and worked with Edward Woodhouse 10 years ago, when he attended a residential cathedral course in York Minster which I was directing. Edward was a treble in those days and, by coincidence, he is now a member of Exeter Cathedral Choir, so we have become reacquainted.

Both Philippa Dand and Anselm Carr-Jones were Gap Year Choral Scholars in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, when I was the Director of Music. Philippa is now studying for a PGCE at Exeter University, and Anselm is a Lay Vicar Choral in Exeter Cathedral Choir, so I am still very much in touch with them. Anselm made his countertenor debut in Exeter Choral Society’s December performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

Judy Martin has had a varied career as both a conductor and a teacher. She has recently moved to Devon from Dublin where she spent eight years as Director of Music of Christ Church Cathedral. Before Moving to Dublin, Judy was Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College Oxford. During her time in Oxford, she held posts at Exeter College, The Queen’s College and Christ Church Cathedral, as well as directing the Choir of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, and a professional vocal ensemble, Voces Sacrae, a group she continues to direct.

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