South West

Philharmonia & Chorus

  • Guest Performers Finally Announced For Last Night of The Proms

    Mello'D' are an accomplished and versatile ladies harmony singing ensemble. Over their sixteen years together they have performed for many varied audiences from the Isle of Wight to Oxford and West Wales to London and lots of other places in between.  Along the way raising thousands of pounds for many charities including SANDS, Marie Curie, The Poppy Appeal and Cancer Research. 

    They have been very proud to represent Torfaen, South Wales at the Twinning Festival in Bretten Germany for the past few years and have been invited to sing at the Portugal and French festivals next year. They consider flying the 'musical' flag for Wales a great honour.

    Mello'D' treasure their special friendships with Male Voice Choirs and perform regularly with The Loveny Male Voice Choir from Cornwall; having toured with the Pontypool and Pontnewydd Male Voices they are constantly invited to support this genre; not only a great honour but a fabulous experience.

    The ladies have all had interesting careers ranging from teachers, health professionals and business owners to administration and catering, along with their hobby interests, families and pets they all share a love for music. Several of the girls play instruments and have reached a high level of achievement. Some have had experience of drama and dance but they all share a passion for singing and enjoy performing and entertaining together as Mello'D'.  

    From choral pieces suitable for weddings and sacred events to fun pieces ideal for a younger or family audience to pop ballads and traditional music they can provide a full evenings' entertainment with solo performances and musical recitals there is something for everyone. 


    We hope you enjoy our choice of music for this evenings' performance and would like to wish all the other performers a fabulous evening and convey many thanks for inviting us to join you on such an auspicious occasion.


  • Prestigious Carnegie Hall Invitation

    Dear Marcus,  

    In recognition of your dedication to musical excellence and due to the personal recommendation of Patrick Hawes, it is with great pleasure that I extend an invitation to you and The South West Philharmonia Chorus to participate in the New York Premiere performance of Patrick Hawes’ The Great War on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City.  

    This performance is planned to take place on Sunday 11th November 2018 at Carnegie Hall. Congratulations to you and your singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition!   A limited number of ensembles are being selected for this truly special invitation. Your musicians will join with other outstanding choristers from around the world to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction.  DCINY, a professional production company with experience presenting at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, provides participants a quality experience of the highest caliber with professional musicians and soloists. The residency includes two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance accompanied by Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.  I am excited about the prospect of including you and your singers in pursuit of a glorious and memorable concert.  It is only fitting that you are given this unique opportunity to perform in one of the world’s greatest concert halls, which itself represents excellence and musical achievement.   I look forward to your call, whether it is to accept or decline this invitation and to working closely with you in the creation of a most rewarding performance for your singers.  

    With kind regards,  

     Jonathan Griffith, DMA Artistic Director and Principal Conductor


  • New Kid On the Block...

    Earlier this year the SWPC appointed Peter Cook to the role of Choir Master and Assistand Diector of Music, following the resignation of former Chorus Master Scott Angell. We are thrilled to have Pete joining us as we enter a new and exciting phase for the SWPC. Pete has a wealth of musical experience and comes from both an instrumental and choral background, bringing a new lease of life and enthusiasm to the team. We very much look forward to working with Pete.



  • Last Night of The Proms Review

    Last Night of the Proms – Plymouth Guildhall

    It was such a delight to be met with a full house, buzzing with excitement at Plymouth Guildhall, as we arrived for the “Last Night of the Proms”.
    Over a hundred excited and smart local singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities from the South West Philharmonia and Chorus, were packed tightly onto the stage with centimetres to spare.
    The audience was a lively and varied mix of couples and families from all walks of life. Immediately you could see that this event had been successfully marketed as a broadly accessible and inclusive evening.
    To open the concert, the Chorus lifted the roof of the Guildhall with a confident and well-rehearsed rendition of Zadok the Priest from Handel’s Messiah. The power and excitement of the very first sung chord assured us of a strong performance of this familiar piece.

    The evening progressed smoothly with a well-balanced variety of British music, arrangements of familiar movie themes from James Cameron, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein and wartime songs made famous by Dame Vera Lyn. Cornish soprano Anne Sutcliffe gave a clear and tuneful performance in her first outing in a lead role; we hope to see her perform again in the future.

    The programme wasn’t over reliant on familiar classics though; Plymouth was host to a UK Premiere of American composer Dan Forrest’s new choral setting of “How Great Thou Art”, an uplifting and beautifully performed modern arrangement which the listening audience rewarded with exceptional applause.

    The second half (with full costume change) brought all the fun and singing of the traditional Proms experience. Hooters honking in the variety of traditional sea songs, kazooing in unison throughout the Dambusters Theme, and rousing communal singing and flag-waving in the traditional Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and Pomp and Circumstance March.

    Musical Director Marcus Alleyne owned the stage with his vivacious style, and he communicated his fun and warmth to the audience with wit and energy.

    The evening was stitched together by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald, a seasoned hand at presenting local events in the area, who hosted with good humour, and relatable Plymothian anecdotes.

    This was an ideal opportunity to introduce orchestral and choral music to young people – many of whom enjoyed the communal frolics in the second half. I wonder if next time, we can venture outside on a summer’s evening, and bring this wonderful atmosphere and family-friendly traditional celebration to the Hoe?

    Kind regards,

    Neil Walker
    Drivetime Presenter & Station Support
    Radio Plymouth


    The Southwest Philharmonia and Chorus have returned to a brand new concert season with some exciting new pieces of music and of course preparations for this year’s UK premier, which we will be revealing very soon.

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new management team who will be assisting in the day to day running of the choir and orchestra.  Graham Shaw will be dealing with the accounts and finances, Shaun Griffin will be Concert and Events Manager and we welcome Sharon Lee Beatie as SWPC Administrator.

    Earlier this month we hosted our orchestral and choral open days, which attracted several new members. We are still welcoming new members as we work towards our 2017 season, which is to include workshops for both choir and orchestra. We are offering a gospel workshop lead by West End actor and WGC Artistic Director Nathaniel Morrison, followed by an attempt to deliver Mozart’s Requiem in a day.

    In late March we are very excited to be extending an invitation to our first social event. SWPC will be organising and hosting a Car Treasure Hunt on Saturday 25th March. This is a great opportunity for a fun packed day suitable for all the family, click here for more information.

  • CHRISTMAS 2016

    What a fantastic new beginning for the SWPC!

    On Saturday 10th December the choir and orchestra filled Plymouth's Cathedral as they delivered a spectacular programme of music alongside two UK premiers. Director of music Marcus Alleyne is fast becoming one of the City's most prominent conductors. Managing to draw the best from musicians and singers alike the choir and orchestra are forging a place on the heavily loaded musical map of Cornwall and Devon. We are very much looking forward to a healthy, happy and busy 2017 with some very exciting news coming your way.

    We are thrilled to have been able to donate over £600.00 to the very worthy Shekinah Mission and will continue to support them as our selected charity for 2017.


    SWPC Management Team



    So here we are having almost completed phase one of our new beginning initiative, with a few new additions, including the website and official email address. Keep an eye out for more exciting news comming very soon.