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The Choral Society was founded in 1972 by a small group of enthusiastic singers who lived in and around Cheriton Fitzpaine, hence the name of North Creedy (NCCS). Initially they had difficulty finding a permanent place to rehearse. The committee minutes from those early days mention the possibility of the school at Cheriton Fitzpaine but also Poughill Vicarage and the Lodge at Puddington. Eventually they found a home in Cheriton Fitzpaine, firstly in the School and then in the Parish Hall.

The first public performance came only 6 weeks after the choir’s formation and it took place at Kennerleigh Church. However, the first ‘major’ performance was at Cheriton Fitzpaine Church in December 1972 when the choir sang Schubert’s G major Mass. Over these early years the choir held concerts, many by invitation. The churches in Morchard Bishop, Shobrooke, Zeal Monachorum and Thorverton, to name a few, played host to the singers. It is obvious from letters and press cuttings that the choir were much appreciated. As early as 1974, they were inviting soloists and instrumentalists to join them for their concerts.

The repertoire in these early days was wide ranging and often adventurous. It included works by Pergolesi, Stainer, Palestrina, Dvořák and Vaughan-Williams. The ethos of these early days remains today – a mixture of the classic choral works, both long and short but also lighter, more modern, and sometimes, folk compositions, all rehearsed with a great deal of enjoyment! At Christmas times both traditional and modern carols are appreciated by choir and audience alike.

In 1994, the choir moved its rehearsal venue to the Methodist Church in Crediton but retained the name which reflects its origins. This move attracted more members to North Creedy Choral Society. The Church remained the rehearsal venue until 2020 and was also where the twice yearly concerts were held until recently. We now rehearse and hold our concerts in the Parish Church.

In 2022 NCCS celebrated its 50th anniversary. We would like to thank, especially, all the conductors, musical directors and accompanists who have led the choir through the years. They all brought, and are bringing, their own approaches and talents to the enjoyable rehearsals and have enabled the choir, over 50 years, to perform some memorable concerts.

Recent History

In 2014, Richard Stephens became our Musical Director. In this time Sue Gales, Margaret Chave and, now, Peter Gilks have been our excellent rehearsal accompanists.

Recent Concerts

Spring Concerts with Orchestra

  • 2023 : Requiem (Rutter), Nelson Mass (Haydn)
  • 2022 : Requiem (Fauré), Gloria (Vivaldi)
  • 2021 : no concert
  • 2020 : no concert
  • 2019 : ‘Creation’ (Haydn)
  • 2018 : Mass in C (Beethoven); English songs from ‘Merry England’ (E German), Fairest Isle (Purcell); Fantasia on English folksongs (Wood), Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 (Elgar)
  • 2017 : ‘Nelson’ Mass (Haydn), Insane et Vanae Curae (Haydn)
  • 2016 : Requiem (Rutter), songs from ‘Merry Widow’ (Lehár) and HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan), Exultate (Mozart)

Advent Concerts

These have included ‘Wachet auf’ (J.S. Bach), ‘Christus’ (Mendelssohn); ‘From the Bavarian Highlands’ (Elgar), ‘Come ye Sons of Art’ (Purcell), Mass in G (Schubert), extracts from ‘Messiah’ (Handel), Christmas Story (Schutz), Ode on St Cecelia’s Day (Purcell), Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan-Williams), Advent Cantata (Stephens), and a wide variety of popular English and European carols.

Throughout its history, NCCS has joined other choirs in Crediton, Exeter and beyond to perform larger scale works such as Elijah, Messiah and The Armed Man.