Come and Sing Sacred Choral Classics

Directed by Stephen Tanner, with David Davies on the organ, this event will consist of rehearsals from 2.30pm until 6.30pm (with breaks) and then a performance starting at 7.30pm. In order to prepare for the event it is essential to book in advance, giving your name, address, telephone number. It would also be helpful if you could describe what kind of voice you have (e.g. alto, tenor). Book your advance ticket through our Bookings page .

Stephen Tanner is a freelance music educator, choral director, organist, composer, arranger and examiner based in Exeter. He began his musical career as a chorister in the choir of Coventry Cathedral and studied for a degree in music at the University of Huddersfield. For many years he was Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School and Assistant Organist and Director of the Girl Choristers at Exeter Cathedral. His school music department enjoyed a wide reputation for the breadth and quality of its music making with many former pupils going on to enjoy national and international success in the music world.

He founded the Girl Choristers’ section of Exeter Cathedral Choir in 1994 and directed it for 22 years. In this capacity he has numerous broadcasts, recordings and foreign tours to his credit.  He was musical director of Exeter Cathedral’s highly acclaimed Chorister Outreach Project, working to promote singing in Devon’s primary schools.  He also directs a group of former girl choristers from Exeter Cathedral Choir “Isca Voices” who perform a wide range of sacred and secular music and is accompanist to the Exeter Philharmonic Choir.

Stephen has composed and arranged extensively both for his school musicians and for Exeter  Cathedral Choir and has won two national composition competitions. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music serving on both the main and jazz panels.