** Our Rehearsal on Wed. Oct. 16th is back at the URC **
This will be the first rehearsal for Classics Galore
The front door to the URC will not be open, and you are reminded to enter through the side door, due to ongoing work. 


The Ottery Choral Society is  the main choir in the Classics Galore concert series, held in the Great Hall in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. These concerts have so far raised more than £90,000 for the Force Cancer Charity in Exeter.

The 2019 concert will be a particularly significant event since Dick Passmore, the concert founder, sadly passed away earlier this year. We are determined to make 2019 the year which brings to fruition his dream of surpassing the overall target of raising £100,000for FORCE.  We look forward to welcoming you to Classics Galore 2019

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The Ottery St Mary Choral Society is an active community society, based in Ottery St. Mary in East Devon. Members come from many towns and villages in East Devon to meet every week between September and April. The society regularly produces two concerts a year in the magnificent parish church dedicated to St. Mary, from which the town gets its name. Other concerts take place in the Great Hall at Exeter University and there have also been performances in Exeter Cathedral.

The Spring Concert is usually a week before Easter and comprises a full-length choral work, such as a Handel oratorio, a well-known requiem or two shorter works such as Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Grand Mass. The Christmas Concert will normally comprise a shorter choral work, a selection of unusual carols sung by the choir as well as some popular carols for the audience to join in. There is also a short orchestral work performed by the orchestra.

There has been a choral society in Ottery since the latter part of the 1800s and records exist showing that, in its present form, the society was founded in 1904. The centenary was celebrated with a special performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the splendid setting of Exeter Cathedral. There has been a concert tour to Ottery’s twin town in Germany, as well as participation in BBC’s Songs of Praise.

The Society continues to thrive with an 80-strong choir plus orchestra under the baton of Malcolm Matthews, who has been Musical Director since 1999. In 2016 David Wade became the  Society Chairman

For more information about the Society please contact [email protected]

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