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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 and performed 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 Schola Exe 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.)

Autumn Term 2016 (THIS term)

Sat 10th Sept
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 17th Sept
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 24th Sept
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 1st Oct
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 8th Oct
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 15th Oct
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 22nd Oct
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 29th Oct

Sat 5th Nov

Sun 6th Nov
7 - 9pm
Practice, Exeter Cathedral Quire
Sat 12th Nov

Sun 13th Nov
7 - 9pm
Practice, Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Sat 19th Nov

Sun 20th Nov
7 - 9pm
Practice, Exeter Cathedral Quire
Wed 23rd Nov
7 - 9pm
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Fri 25th Nov
7 - 9:30pm
Concert with English Touring Opera of bach's St John Passion, Exeter Cathedral
Sat 26th Nov

Sat 3rd Dec
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Advance Notice

30th June 2017
pm (times tbc)
Practice in Exeter Cathedral
1st July 2017
pm (times tbc)
Concert in Exeter Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir and musicians from The Purcell School