Performance History

2019 Jun Hiawatha's Wedding Feast by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and The Black Knight by Edward Elgar
2019 Apr Stainer - The Crucificion - Come and Sing event.
2018 Dec


Les Baker conducting - Messiah Chorus and Arias from Part 1. David Fouracre, Bass Soloist. 

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy ,Four Spanish Carols  - At the hour of midnight, Sleep my little Jesus, We'll speak very softly, ‘Christmas in Blue’ -,Angels and Shepherds, A blue Christmas ,No small wonder, Every stone shall cry. Festive Music - 
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Johnny Marks (arr Baker)

White Christmas Irving Berlin (arr Baker) Deck the Hall traditional Welsh

2018 June Les Baker & Friends - Fundraiser - Songs from The Operettas of WS & Sir Arthur Sullivan
2018 May

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) I was glad when they said unto me ,Fantasia upon One Note 

Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625) This is the record of John, Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) Psalm 23 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Epistle Sonata in E flat K. 67 ,George Frederick Handel (1685 – 1759) Let thy hand be strengthened ,Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) Pange lingua ,Mozart Epistle Sonata in C K. 328 ,Bruckner Locus iste ,Mozart Exsultate, jubilate K. 165 ,Franz Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809) Mass No. 7 in B flat 'Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo' ('Kleine Orgelsolomesse')  Conducted by Ian Crew.Soloists - Nicola Wilkes - Soprano and Leslie Baker - Tenor

2017 Dec

Anon.Edi beo thu,Gibbons Song 34: The Song of Angels Song 46: Christmas Day,Charpentier * Messe de Minuit pour Noël, H.9 (Kyrie – Gloria – Sanctus & Benedictus – Agnus Dei) Charpentier ** 'Noëls sur les instruments' Mozart Ave verum corpus Elgar I sing the birth Lutosławski * Infant, So Tiny ('Dziecina mała'),J. S. Bach Chorale: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein (sung in English) Trad./Michael Praetorius/Melchior VulpiusA great and mighty wonderJ. S. Bach

Chorale: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer (sung in English),The first Nowell (audience on refrain), O come, all ye faithful ,I n the bleak midwinter (1, 2, instr vs, 5) ,Jingle, bells (audience on refrain) ,Hark! the herald-angels sing ,J oy to the world! 

2017 May Carl Orff's Carmina Burana,and other Pieces - Conducted by Ian Crew
2017 Mar Les Baker & Friends - Fundraiser - Songs from Merrie England
2016 Dec

Schubert Mass in G No.2,Tippett Spirituals from A Child of Our Time ( Steal Away, Nobody Knows,Go down, Moses and Deep River.Deck the Hall, I saw a maiden, Carol of the Bells, Lullaby my Jesus.

Sleigh Ride - Piano Duet,Michele Banting & Peter Milmer. O Holy Night and VaughanWilliams Fantasia on Christmas Carol.

2016 May Haydn's Creation - with Orchestra & Soloists.
2015 Dec Bush – A Christmas Cantata , Ramirez - Navidad Nuestra & some Carols
2015 May Mendelssohn - Elijah
2015 Feb Rodgers and Hammerstein Cream tea concert with the Lunatic Fringe
2014 Dec Christmas Concert - Bach - Christmas Oratorio - excerpts
2014 Apr Spring Concert – Elgar – Give Unto The Lord; Mozart – Laudate Dominum; Mendelssohn – Hear My Prayer; Faure – Requiem; Milmer – Cello Sonata
2014 Feb G&S cream tea concert – Entertainment of popular songs from G&S shows with a cream tea
2013 Dec The Holly and The Ivy – A selection of carols. Extracts from The Messiah; Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 4; Peter Milmer’s Recordare; Adam, Oh Holy Night.
2013 May Music for Monarchs - with supporting orchestra  Mozart - Coronation Mass:   Handel - Zadock the Priest:   Purcell - Four Anthems:   Milmer - Song of Solomon    
2012 Dec Christmas themed selection of music and carols including excerpts from -  Handel's Messiah: In Terra Pax (Finzi):  Shepherds Pipe Carol (Rutter):   Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Gardner):  The Little Road to Bethlehem (Head)
2012 May Brahms:  A German Requiem (sung in English)  -Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine - Danse Macabre (piano duet) 
2011 Dec Bach: Cantata No. 63 ('Wachet auf')  - Charpentier: Christmas Mass
2011 Jun Handel: Acis and Galatea 
2011 Mar Haydn: The Seasons 
2010 Dec Britten: A Ceremony of Carols - Hymn To The Virgin;  Cork: A Suite of Carols; Williams: Fantasia of Carols;  Gardner: The Holly & The Ivy; Baker: On Christmas Day
2010 May

Schubert: Mass No.5 in A Flat

Mendelssohn: Lauda Sion

2009 Dec

Fr.Albert-des-Anges: Messe de la Nativite            

Mozart: Requiem 

2009 May An Evening with Sir Edward Elgar Give unto the Lord: Psalm 29 (1914; Ave Maria (1887 revised 1907); Benedictus (1897). Ave Verum; Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands; My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land. As Torrents in Summer: from ‘King Olaf’; The Shower; The Music Makers (1912).
2008 Dec Handel: Messiah
2008 Oct Training Day with Mark Deller
2008 May Haydn: The Creation
2007 Dec Rutter’s Requiem and other works
2007 May Rossini: Petite Messe Solonelle
2006 Dec Ramirez: Navidad Nuestra (New Birth); Four Spanish folk songs – arr.Baker; Haydn: Nelson Mass (1798)
2006 May Mozart: Regina Coeli; Coronation Mass; Little Masonic Cantata; Solemn Vespers.
2005 Dec Bach: Christmas Oratorio; Hymns and Carols for all to sing
2005 Jul Concert – Crispian Steele-Perkins (Society President)
2005 Apr Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
2005 Feb Training Day with Andrew Daldorph
2004 May The Glory of Henry Purcell: A Concert of works by Purcell incl. Ode on St Cecilia’s Day (1692)
2004 Feb Dvorak: Stabat Mater
2003 Oct Training Day with Nigel Perrin
2003 Jun Faure: Requiem Gounod – St Cecilia Mass
2003 Apr Bach: St John Passion (Combined performance with Axminster & District Choral Society)
2002 Dec A Concert of Christmas Music – incl. A Christmas Cantata by Geoffrey Bush
2002 May Handel – Messiah
2001 Dec Vivaldi: Gloria; Works inspired by William Shakespeare incl. Agincourt by George Dyson
2001   Concert – Crispian Steel-Perkins (Society President)
2001 Jun Brahms: A German Requiem and The Song of Destiny
2000 Dec Haydn: Maria Theresa Mass; Finzi: In Terra Pax
2000 Jun Handel: Samson
1999 Dec Bach: Christmas Oratorio
1999 Jun Mendelssohn – Elijah – FIRST CONCERT



Some of the Previous Performance - Pictures, Posters and Review.

December 2016 - Final concert with Dr Peter Milmer as the Musical Director



May 2016  

Haydn's THE CREATION" presented by Seaton Choral Society with Katherine Walker, soprano Leslie Baker, tenor; Ian Caddy, bass, with chorus and orchestra, conducted by Dr Peter Milmer.

Elijah - Mendelssohn - May 2015



Elijah, first performed in Birmingham in 1846 and conducted by the composer himself, is not a work to be attempted by the faint-hearted, requiring singers with stamina and the ability to sing over an arching range of dynamics, from the contemplative style of Blessed are the Men who fear Him, to the declamatory Baal we cry to thee.

Seaton Choral Society illustrated that under the precise conducting of their musical director, Dr Peter Milmer, and supported by the orchestra, they were ready for the challenge and gave a spirited performance of this powerful work.

There was a nice balance between the voice parts, helped by careful placing, especially of the tenors and basses, but occasionally the choir was slightly overwhelmed by the orchestra.

David Fouracre (baritone), singing the important part of Elijah, used his fine voice to great effect and Les Baker's expressive tenor singing was, as ever, a pleasure to hear.

Chloe Stratta (soprano) sang with sweetness and clarity, especially in Hear Ye Israel and Rosamund Thomas (contralto), at the age of only 19, sang with an impressive richness of tone.

Congratulations to all who took part in this enjoyable evening of music-making. East Devon is fortunate to have such a thriving tradition of choral singing - long may it last!
Jill Ford
Rogers & Hammerstein Afternoon Cream Tea & Concert 2015
Once more the 'Lunatic Fringe' provided a merry-go-round (Carousel) and western approach (Oklahoma!) of singing to a packed hall of cream tea enthusiasts! These Sunday concerts are proving to be a very popular winter's afternoon outing for the local fans.  Make a note to look out for next years date.

Gilbert & Sullivan Cream Tea 2014

Members of the choral society who entertained an almost full house once again at what we hope will become a regular occasion for a super cream tea with a variety of musical entertainment!



Promotion Article as seen in the Midweek Herald



December 2014 - Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Sunday, 14th December saw a well-filled ''Gateway'' with a lively and effective performance by Seaton Choral Society of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. In charge was Seaton Choral Society's conductor, Peter Milmer, who directed with authority, with tempi always appropriate, catching the varying moods of the pieces.

The opening drum-beats ushered in the choir's invitation to greet the birth of Jesus with gladness. It was a compelling start, even though the tiny, valiant group of strings sounded somewhat out of scale with timpani and trumpets.

The Evangelist, who recounts the bible story, was Leslie Baker. He has a real understanding of this role and he sang it convincingly. He was accompanied sensitively and excellently throughout by Michael Dawson (cello) and Michele Banting (harpsichord). Leslie's role ranged from the recitatives to an impressive virtuoso performance with the flute in ''Happy Shepherds''.

David Fouracre's ''Mighty Lord'', with trumpet obbligato, and with his commanding voice and presence, had the required stature and regal energy.

It was good to have Kate Baker, Karen Curnock and Nicholas Arrow, members of the society, singing some of the arias.

The choir, obviously very well-prepared, kept up their standard from beginning to end. One or two of the choruses are a test of stamina; in particular, ''Glory to God'', where we often hear signs of exhaustion in the last few bars. Not so here, with the finish as vibrant as the opening. There were some lovely resonant chords in a number of the chorales, tunes which would be known to Bach's listeners.

The hall itself is pleasing and welcoming, but the singers had to cope with a great deal of fabric on and around the stage. This militates against the resonances required in the building, and which Bach's church in Leipzig certainly had and still has. Everyone rose above this difficulty, and after 65 years of intimate acquaintance with this work, it was good to know that the magic is still there.

William Llewellyn


The Holly & The Ivy Concert December 2013

A successful Sunday afternoon concert, well supported and with soloists from the Society - Susie Milmer, Leslie Baker and Kate Baker.  A selection of the familiar and not so familiar music for Christmas that introduced our audience to some of the less well known carols.  Supported by Michele Banting on the keyboard, Anna Cockroft and Holly Chapman - violins, Alex Annis - viola, Ruth Lass - cello and Leslie Baker - clarinet.  The audience went home suitably warmed and primed for the Christmas Festivities on a bleak winter afternoon!

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