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Schola Exe

Schola Exe, is the Senior County Girls' Choir for students in Years 9 - 13. It is administered and directed by Rachel Smith (Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School), assisted by David Davies (Acting Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral). The choir was formed in February 2012.

About the Choir:

The repertoire is as varied as possible, with a mixture of sacred and secular music, from the Renaissance to modern day pop classics and songs from the shows.

Weekly practices are held on Saturdays from 11.30am - 12.45pm in Kalendar Hall, South Street, Exeter (the Music Department of Exeter Cathedral School).

For an application form to join Schola Exe, please click HERE.
Please send completed application forms to Rachel Smith who will then contact you about your daughter's first rehearsal.

Admission to the choir requires the successful completion of an audition. You will need to have a prepared song to sing to us (please bring an accompaniment too) and we shall also do some simple ear tests. Auditions are arranged as soon as possible after the receipt of your application.

As Schola Exe is entirely financially dependent upon grants and donations, we invite parents to make a termly donation to contribute towards the running costs of Schola Exe (we suggest £35 a term).

A brief history:

Since its formation, Schola Exe has given many concerts in Exeter Cathedral and its Chapter House. It has participated in performances of Faure's Requiem and Britten's St Nicolas. It has sung Evensong in the Cathedral with the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir and performed in Devon Music Service's Excellence in Singing Concert, also in the Cathedral. In December 2014, Schola Exe performed in two Carol Concerts in Exeter Cathedral with Exeter Philharmonic Choir and in November 2015 gave a celebratory concert in Teignmouth in November before singing in the Emergency Services Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral the following month. It has also participated in two workshops studying Mendelssohn's Elijah and Verdi's Requiem. Schola Exe will be participating in Britten's War Requiem in the Cathedral in April 2016.

A full list of performances can be found on the Performances page of this website.


All staff are subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

Parent helpers are Julia Edwards, Ann German, Alison Harrison, Stefanie Hastie, Suzie Nelson and Maggie Tamblin (Choir Photographer).

Contact details:

The contact email address for DCJCS is: (Rachel Smith)

The contact phone number is: 01392 410303 (Rachel Smith, Exeter Cathedral School Music Department)


Please note that we do expect a good level of attendance in order for your daughter to progress vocally and be able to participate in concerts.
(All practices take place in Kalendar Hall, South Street, Exeter unless stated otherwise.)

Summer Term 2016 (THIS term)

Sat 16th Apr
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Fri 22nd Apr
6:40 - 8:30 pm
Practice in Exeter Cathedral (Y9 - 10 only)
Sat 23rd Apr
2:15 - 4:00 pm Practice in Exeter Cathedral (Y9 & 10 only)

7:15 - c.9:30pm
Concert: Britten's War Requiem (Y9 & 10 only)
Sat 30th Apr

Sat 7th May
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 14th May

Sat 21st May
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 28th May

Sat 4th Jun
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 11th Jun
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 18th Jun
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 25th Jun

Sat 2nd Jul
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice and Informal Concert for families

Advance Notice

None at this time