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Schola Exe

Schola Exe, is the Senior County Choir for girls in Years 9 13 and boys with unchanged voices aged 13 and above. It is administered and directed by Rachel Smith (Head of Junior Music, The Maynard School, Exeter), assisted by Michael Graham. 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 child'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 Clare Benson, Stefanie Hastie and Maggie Tamblin (Choir Photographer).

Contact details:

The contact email address for Schola Exe is: (Rachel Smith)

The contact phone number is: 01392 255298 (Exeter Cathedral School)


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 2017 (THIS term)

Sat 22nd April
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 29th April
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 6th May
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 13th May
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 20th May
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Sat 27th May
10:30am - 12:30pm Practice
Sat 3rd June

Sat 10th June
10:00 am 3:00 pm Workshop, Kalendar Hall (15 years and under)
Sat 17th June
11:30am - 12:45pm Practice
Fri 23rd June
6:10 9:30pm Practice and Concert, Exeter Cathedral (end of term)
Advance Notice

14th July 2018
12pm (times tbc)
Concert in Budleigh Salterton
14th July 2018
7.30pm (times tbc)
Concert with Exeter Festival Chorus in Exeter Cathedral