Denstone College Informal Concert

The '22' Chamber Choir is from Denstone College, a private school part of the Woodard Foundation. It is set in the beautiful countryside of East Staffordshire. The choir was set up only a few years ago by Jane Morris, the inspirational and dedicated teacher who worked as both Assistant Director and Director of Music. After Jane retired, Ruth Theobald took over the running of the choir.

For this performance, they bring 14 exceptionally talented young people to the cathedral today. Ruth Theobald, Conductor, explains, "Part of the long term plan for the choir was to take them out of school to perform in different venues. They have had a varied schedule and have sung at the National Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffs, Birmingham Cathedral, Denstone Parish Church, Rocester Church, All Saints, Knightely as well as in many Services and concerts at the College. The "22" Chamber Choir are delighted to be ‘on tour’ in Devon and Cornwall for this short trip before the majority of the students leave school to seek new adventures at University.

The Baroque instrument ensemble is named '415' as this was the number of sound waves per second to hit the ear for the tuning note ‘A’ in the Baroque era. Today it is 440, a semi-tone higher. This group was established to give the students an insight into how the music of the Baroque era would have been played. They have embraced this style and have studied music by the greats, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni."

Free with a retiring collection.