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Exeter choir joins in festive TV broadcast

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

By Mike Byrne

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The South West’s finest choirs have come together to take part in a series of festive TV broadcasts.

Four choirs and a soloist representing Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset each recorded two of their favourite Christmas carols in the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.

Each night of the week beginning December 16 one of the choirs will perform on BBC Spotlight, during a series of special broadcasts.

Representing Devon, the University of Exeter’s Chapel choir of 16 choral scholars singers chose to sing ‘Lully, Lulla’ by Kenneth Leighton and the well-known carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, led by the Director of Chapel Music choir master Michael Graham.

The University’s Lazenby Chaplain, James Theodosius said: “It was a great pleasure to host choirs from around the region in the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel and to share and show off this great treasure at the heart of the University.

Our own Chapel choir of choral scholars sings to a very high standard and it was particularly pleasing to see students from the region’s schools making use of the impressive acoustic.”

The chapel is particularly important for the University community because it encourages a sense of awe and wonder.

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