New Season launches, November 6th 2016
Exeter Phoenix

Earworms new season!

Our apologies for the radio silence since our last event back in May.
We've been planning a future for Earworms but needed some financial stability with which to move forward.  We are delighted to announce that we have recently heard that the lovely Exeter Arts Council have awarded us some funding!  This will allow us to invite musicians to perform and we plan to launch our new season in early 2016.  We will be moving back to our original home at Exeter Phoenix, but this time in the main auditorium.
We will keep you posted as we have more plans finalised and look forward to seeing you all soon!

Earworms this Sunday

Sunday's performers have been giving workshops over the last few weeks.  here are some photos from workshops with Park School and Landscove Primary at KEVVICS.  The children had a great time learning some African songs and dance moves.  Come along on Sunday - we'll be in the auditorium at Exeter Phoenix at 4pm.  Tickets on 01392 493493 or on the door.
If you enjoy it - come back int eh evening at 8pm for a full length performance including music devised in Exeter Contemporary Sounds recent colloboration with Chartwell Dutiro and Denise Rowe.

Next concert 10th May - Marenje Ensemble

There are a couple of important changes for our next concert on 10th May: 
it will take place at the Phoenix 
and will start at 4:00 pm. 
Tickets are available from 
Exeter Visitor Information, 
Dix's Field, Exeter. 

The concert will feature the Exeter Contemporary Sounds' string quartet of Andrew Gillett (viola), Julie Hill (violin), Jane Pirie (cello) and Emma Welton (violin).

The string quartet have been working on a research project with Bath Spa University's Amanda Bayley. They have been collaborating with Mbira player Chartwell Dutiro and dancer Denise Rowe, exploring music from their individual heritages and attempting to meet in the middle!

'Zimbabwean Mbira and European String Quartet, icons within their cultures, provoke and explore each other with dance delving deep into their rhythms, moods and creative drive.'

Here are some pictures from a recent rehearsal:

The Earworms' concert will consist of some of the pieces that have evolved from the project. There will be a full concert of all the pieces, including a new piece by Bristol based composer Daniel Linker, later in the evening (tickets available from the Phoenix).

BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Helena Paish

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Helena Paish, will be joining us and The City Of Exeter Railway Band in a special concert for Mother’s Day this Sunday 15th March 2pm at The Northcott Theatre.

A wonderful clip of Helena performing in the final at St Paul’s Cathedral can be found on the BBC Radio 2 website.

And in honour of all mothers in the audience, Emma’s Bread from the Real Food Store is providing free yummy offerings for Mother’s Day.

As usual the concert will be presented by Earworms' host Mervyn Bedford.

Tickets available here.

Exeter Railway Band March 15th

We are delighted (and very excited) to announce that our next concert on Sunday March 15th will be given by the Exeter Railway Band, the concert will be at the Northcott Theatre starting at 2:00pm and, as it's Mothers' Day, there will be some yummy offerings for all mums, very kindly provided by the lovely Emma's Bread at The Real Food Store.

The band was founded on 15th October 1944 by a group of railway workers who formed a sub-section of the Southern Railway Recreation Club. This club lent them £100 to purchase a set of instruments and the first official rehearsal was held on 12th January 1945 and from that date, rehearsals have been held nearly every Tuesday evening, only allowing for occasional concerts on that evening.

The founding name of the band was "Exeter & District Southern Railway Band" but when the railways were nationalised in 1948, the band changed its name to British Rail (Western Region) Band. Subsequently, with changes of regional control, it was decided to use the title Exeter British Rail Band.

Although the band has been self-supporting from the start, it had been very fortunate to have the use of a rehearsal room on Tuesday evenings at Exeter Central Station. This facility continued by courtesy of the Railtrack contractors, Amey Railways, until 1997 when they were asked to vacate the Conference Room. Storage space for music, spare instruments and jackets is still provided in an adjoining room. Subsequent moves have been to British Red Cross HQ in Butts Road and in 2003 to John Stocker School (now called Bowhill Primary School) where the Band currently holds rehearsals.

The railway logo, consisting of two parallel lines with embedded arrows, is immediately recognisable on road signs and maps denoting railway stations and was previously used by British Rail. Use of this logo is now controlled by the Government's Department of Transport so the band enlisted the help of local Member of Parliament, Ben Bradshaw, who wrote to the Secretary of State, Gavin Strang, to obtain the necessary permission. This was immediately forthcoming by means of a letter from Glenda Jackson, the then Transport Minister. The band members chose the name "City of Exeter Railway Band" and decided to include the castle motif from the city coat of arms. Councillor Chester Long was most helpful and the permission plus the official copy of the crest were obtained.

Regular concerts have been held in the summer and at Christmas for the last 27 years. The annual Mayoral Christmas Concert in the Exeter Cathedral featuring the band, the Police Choir and various school choirs has been given for the last 18 years, the first at short notice as the Royal Marine Band had to go overseas.

Earworms this Sunday

We're really looking forward to welcoming Somerset Hills Chorus to Earworms at the Northcott on Sunday.
Mervyn Bedford has been working with the choir's musical director to come up with a delightful programme including songs for dancing and for audience participation!

Tickets still available either from the Northcott (01392 493493) or Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets, Dix's Field (no booking fees apply), or on the door subject to availability.
We hope to see you there!

The Somerset Hills Chorus 11th January

For our next concert we return to the Northcott Theatre and are pleased to welcome the Somerset Hill Chorus.

The Somerset Hills Chorus are a Taunton based ladies singing group / choir that specialise in a form of a cappella chorus singing known as Sweet Adelines, initiated by Edna Mae Anderson of Oklahoma USA in 1945, who wanted to give women a chance to enjoy participating in the "chord-ringing, fun-filled harmony" that men were enjoying in their barbershop groups. They sing arrangements of songs from the 1940s to the present. The choir has been singing together since 1992.

Be ready, whatever age you are, to get swept up in the boundless enthusiasm, energy, and expertise of this chorus, in a rare appearance in Devon!

Find out more about the choir from their website
tickets available from 
the Northcott Theatre 01392 493493 or from Exeter Visitor Information, Dix's Field 01392 665700