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'Schola Exe, is the Senior County Girls' Choir for students in Years 9 ‚€“ 13. It is jointly directed by David Davies (Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral) and Rachel Smith (Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School).

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 either Kalendar Hall (the Music Department of Exeter Cathedral School) or the Cathedral Chapter House. 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. We invite parents to make a termly donation to contribute towards the running costs of Schola Exe (we suggest ¬£35 a term).

In June 2012 Schola Exe gave its first concert in the Quire of Exeter Cathedral. In October, some of the Schola Exe joined with Exeter School's Sixth Form Girls' Choir to sing in Holst's 'The Planets' in Exeter Cathedral as part of the Two Moors Festival. In November, Schola Exe participated with adult singers under the baton of Laurence Blyth to sing Faure's 'Requiem' in the liturgical setting of the Eucharist for All Souls' Day in the Cathedral. In March 2013, it gave a second concert in the Quire of the Cathedral. The highlight of the Summer Term was to join with Exeter Cathedral Choir, DCJC and St Peter's Singers to perform Britten's St Nicolas in the Cathedral. During the academic year of 2013 ‚€“ 14, Schola Exe sang Evensong in the Cathedral with the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir and performed in Devon Music Service‚€™s Excellence in Singing Concert in Exeter Cathedral with The Military Wives Choir, Schola Exe, Wren Music, Teachers‚€™ Rock Choir and several Devon schools.

All staff are subject to Enhanced CRB Disclosure. Parent helpers are are Julia Edwards, Ann German, Chrissie Griffiths, Alison Harrison, Suzie Nelson, Sharon Pavey and Maggie Tamblin (Choir Photographer).

For an application form to join Schola Exe Please click HERE.

Contact email address for Schola Exe is: (Rachel Smith)

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


Spring Term 2015 (THIS Term).  All practices are held in Kalendar Hall, unless otherwise stated.

10th Jan                      11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
17th Jan                      11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
24th Jan                      11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
31st Jan                      11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
7th Feb                       10.00am - 5.00pm         Workshop Day (more details to follow)
14th Feb                     11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
21st Feb                                                             NO PRACTICE
28th Feb                                                             NO PRACTICE
7th Mar                      11.30am - 12.45pm          Practice
14th Mar                     11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
21st Mar                     11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice

Summer Term 2015 (NEXT Term)

2nd May                     11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
9th May                      11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
16th May                    11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
23rd May                                                           NO PRACTICE
30th May                   11.30am - 12.45pm          Practice
6th June                                                              NO PRACTICE
13th June                   10.00am - 10.45am          Practice, Chapter House
                                  11.00am - 12.00pm          Concert with DCJC, Chapter House (for families only)
20th June                    11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
27th June                    11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice - end of term


Fri 13th May 2016      evening (times tbc)           Practice in Cathedral
14th May 2016           afternoon (times tbc)        Practice in Cathedral
14th May 2016           evening (times tbc)           Concert in the Cathedral with EPC, Exeter Cathedral Choir and DCJC

Autumn Term 2014 (Archive)
20th Sept              11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
27th Sept              11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
4th Oct                 11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
11th Oct               11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
18th Oct               11.30am - 12.45pm         Practice
25th Oct                                                       NO PRACTICE
1st Nov                12:00 - 13.15pm              Practice
8th Nov                                                        NO PRACTICE
15th Nov              11.30am - 12.45pm          Practice
22nd Nov             11.30am - 12.45pm          Practice at Maynard School with EPC
29th Nov              11.15am ‚€“ 12.30pm         Practice
6th Dec                 11am - 12.45pm              Practice
8th Dec:                6.30 ‚€“ 8pm (tbc)              Practice in the Cathedral with EPC
10th Dec:              7 ‚€“ c.9.30pm                   Carol Concert in the Cathedral with EPC
11th Dec:              7 ‚€“ c.9.30pm                   Carol Concert in the Cathedral with EPC

Summer Term 2014 (Archive)
26th April              11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
3rd May                11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
10th May                                                   NO PRACTICE
17th May              11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
24th May                  HALF TERM BREAK
31st May                  HALF TERM BREAK
7th June                 11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
14th June               11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
21st June               11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
28th June               11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice

Spring Term 2014 (Archive)
11th January          11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
18th January          11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
25th January          11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
1st February          11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
8th February                                              NO PRACTICE
15th February                 HALF TERM BREAK
22nd February       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
1st March              11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
8th March              11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
Wed 12th March    Times tbc                      Evening Concert in the Cathedral
15th March            11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
22nd March           10.00am ‚€“ 10.45pm     Practice in the Chapter House
                              11.00am ‚€“ 11.45pm      Informal Concert with DCJC in the Chapter House (for families only)

Autumn Term 2013 (Archive)

21st September     11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
28th September     11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
5th October                                               NO PRACTICE
12th October         11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
19th October         11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
26th October                                             NO PRACTICE
2nd November      11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
9th November      11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
16th November     11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
17th November     2.30 ‚€“ 3.45pm             Practice in the Cathedral Quire
                             4 ‚€“ 5pm                       Evensong in the Cathedral Quire with the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir
23rd November     11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm    Practice

Summer Term 2013 (archive)
20th April       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm   Practice
27th April       10.30am ‚€“ 11.30am   Practice
4th May         11.30am - 12.45pm    Practice
11th May       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm    Practice
18th May       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm    Practice
25th May                                         HALF TERM
1st June                                           HALF TERM
8th June          11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm    Practice
15th June        11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm    Practice
                       3:30pm  - 6:00pm      Practice in Kalendar Hall / Cathedral (details to follow)
                       7 ‚€“ 9.30pm                Concert in the Cathedral

Spring Term 2013 (archive)

12th Jan       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
                    1:00pm ‚€“ 2:30pm             Pizza Lunch - details T.B.C.
19th Jan       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice (in the Chapter House)
26th Jan       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
2nd Feb                                           NO PRACTICE
9th Feb        11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
16th Feb                                          HALF TERM
23rd Feb     11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
2nd March   11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice (in the Chapter House)
3rd March    12:45 ‚€“ 1:45pm           Practice in the Quire, Exeter Cathedral
                    2:00 ‚€“ 3:00pm             Concert in the Quire, Exeter Cathedral
9th March    11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
16th March  11.45am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice (in the Chapter House)

Autumn Term 2012 (archive)

22nd Sept       11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     First practice of term in the Chapter House
29th Sept        11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
6th Oct           11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
13th Oct                                             NO PRACTICE
20th Oct         11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm     Practice
27th Oct                                             NO PRACTICE
Thur 1st Nov  5.45pm - 7.00pm          Practice for Faure's Requiem
Fri 2nd Nov    4.15pm ‚€“ 6.30pm                   Practice and Service ‚€“ Faure's Requiem, Cathedral
3rd Nov                                              NO PRACTICE
10th Nov        11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice
17th Nov                                             NO PRACTICE
24th Nov        11.30am ‚€“ 12.45pm      Practice

For girls in Holst's 'The Planets', there will be a rehearsal at Exeter School (Music School), on Tuesdays 11th, 18th and 25th September, 2nd and 9th October from 4 ‚€“ 5pm. The performance is on Monday 15th October at 7.30pm.

There will be final concert rehearsals in the Cathedral that day, and possibly during the course of the preceding weekend (awaiting confirmation).

Summer Term 2012  (archive)     

21st April        11.30 - 12.45            Practice
28th April        11.30 - 12.45            Practice
5th May                                            NO practice (Bank Holiday w/e)
12th May        11.45 - 1.00               Practice
19th May        11.30 - 12.45             Practice
26th May        11.30 - 12.45             Practice
2nd June                                           NO practice (Bank Holiday w/e)
9th June          11.30 - 12.45             Practice
16th June        11.30 - 12.45             Practice
Sun 17th June  2.30 - 4.15                Practice - Song School (tbc)
                        4.30 - 5.15                Concert - Lady Chapel, Cathedral (tbc)
23rd June        11.30 - 12.45             Practice
30th June        11.30 - 12.45             Practice
7th July           11.30 - 12.45             Practice