Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Substance & Shadow Theatre present "Brexit Club" Nathan Simpson & Midge Mullin return as Len Silver & Melvyn Gould in Exeter: Cygnet New Theatre Friday 3 February Barnfield Theatre Monday & Thursday 6 & 9 February 2017

Brexit Club
Nathan Simpson is Leonard Silver
Midge Mullin is Melvyn Gould

(Photography: Ben Tallamy)

Substance & Shadow Theatre present: "The Brexit Club"

A tale of intolerance, alienation and Findus crispy pancakes!!!

 It's the 23rd June 2016 - the day of the Euro Referendum and just another lunch time in the works canteen for cousins Len Silver and Melvyn Gould and their colleagues, but beneath their love of haute cuisine and jovial banter there's trouble brewing.


"What we have here is a failure to communicate."
(Photography: Ben Tallamy)
Sid Vishnu's lentil Dahl and Don Beattie's bangers and mash are emblems of a nation divided! A family is torn apart by politics, but in the cold light of the referendum hangover, whether leave or remain - will lunchtimes ever be the same again?

Is Brexit really the best thing since sliced bread, will cousins Len and Melvyn manage to bridge the great divide, or will they be left crying over spilt milk?

Substance and Shadow Theatre present a black comedy that will have you chewing over the remains of Brexit and deciding on a full English or continental!

The Review Hub: "The chemistry between the pair (Nathan Simpson and Midge Mullin) make for the perfect comedy duo and their outstanding characterisation must be applauded."

Phonic FM: "Midge and Rosie Mullin, and all the team members, work tirelessly in every spare hour, to ensure a steady stream of impressive plays. Classic writing, like Pinter's "Dumb Waiter" and Brenton's "Christie in Love", have benefited from the Substance and Shadow treatment, while their own home-spun yarns, such as "Skin Deep" and "Duplicity", can be relied on to take an audience on a unique voyage into the unexpected."

Exepose Magazine: "Substance & Shadow's experimental approach to storytelling really pays off, the end result being a gripping evening which is both entertaining and thought provoking. I believe that Substance and Shadow Theatre make a valuable contribution to the arts scene in the city."

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Substance Shadow Theatre
Leonard Silver: Nathan Simpson
Melvyn Gould: Midge Mullin
Cygnet New Theatre
Friday 3 February 7pm & 8.30pm
BREXIT CLUB
Producers/Directors/Writers:
Rosie Midge Mullin
Leonard Silver: Natham Simpson
Melvyn Gould: Midge Mullin
Tickets: £8
Box Office: 01392 277189
Online: WeGot Tickets 7pm/8.30pm
(Repeated Barnfield Theatre 6&9 Feb)



Substance Shadow Theatre
Clifford Room Barnfield Theatre
Melvyn Gould: Midge Mullin
Leonard Silver: Nathan Simpson
Monday 6 February 7.30pm
Thursday 9 February 7.30pm
BREXIT CLUB
Producers/Directors/Writers:
Rosie Midge Mullin
Leonard Silver: Natham Simpson
Melvyn Gould: Midge Mullin
Tickets: £8
Box Office: 01392 271808
(10am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat)
Online: Barnfield Website Mon/Thur

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Paul Stock Conducts Clyst Valley Choral Society's "Concert of British Music" Soprano Janet Macdonald St Margaret's Church Topsham Holy Trinity Church Exmouth Saturday/Sunday 19/20 November 2016

Clyst Valley Choral Society
Musical Director: Paul Stock
(Photography: Nicky Perry)

In their now-familiar concert schedule, the Clyst Valley gave two concerts on the weekend of 26th November. The first was at St Margaret's Church in Topsham on Saturday evening, followed by a repeat performance at Holy Trinity Church in Exmouth the following night.

Their "Concert of British Music" began with a delightful sinfonia by Paul Stock's baroque ensemble. George Frideric Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from his oratorio setting of Moses Mendes' "Solomon". The oratorio was composed while Handel was working for the the Duke of Bedfordshire in Dublin. This very British, and very international, opening set the scene perfectly for an evening of beautiful music. Mandy Fishleigh and Marcus Carson stood out particularly with their sweet flute duets punctuating each orchestra phrase.

The task of leading the orchestra is shared between Sally Bull and Chris Gould. Chris also doubles as trumpetter for the more triumphant pieces. His clarion sound was immediately employed in another, earlier, work by Handel - from the oratorio "Samson". With Mark Perry playing the organ (without orchestra), and Chris Gould adding a ringing trumpet line, Janet Macdonald sang the rousing "Let the bright Seraphim in burning row, their loud uplifted Angle-trumpets blow." The combined sound filled the church with spectacular baroque beauty.

After a brief hiatus, Mark Perry reappeared at the foot of the organ-loft stairs and resumed playing at the grand piano. In stark contrast to the two opening numbers, the choir and orchestra now performed a series of songs from John Rutter's gentle suite "The Sprig of Thyme". These light-hearted folk-songs were lovingly performed, with the themes passing lightly between the different sections of the choir, and the different instruments.

During the Tyneside coal-shippers' ballad "The Keel Row", the deep and serious sound of Ben Lund-Conlon's bass trombone started to appear. Ben is a young man of extraordinary talent, not only a talented percussionist but also a very moving brass player as well.

The orchestra changed the mood again with a return to the music of Handel. The famous "Water Music" suite is from an earlier period of his life when, only a year after relocating to England at the invitation of Queen Anne, she was succeeded by Handel's former patron Georg Ludwig, Elector of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg - who became King George I of Great Britain.

Handel re-established himself in the new King's favour with this regal entertainment for the procession of the King's flotilla down the Thames. In 2012 the same music accompanied King George's six-times great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II on her own Diamond Jubilee procession down the Thames.

The carrying power of this light nautical composition was provided by the bass sound of Ben Lund-Conlon's trombone and Sue Stock's 'cello. Interspersed between the airy string sections where Rebecca Jackson and Nicola Smith provided 2nd violin and viola respectively, Mandy Fishleigh and Marcus Carson were joined by clarinettist Philip Bonser in delightful cameos for woodwind - but still with the deeper sound of Ben's trombone.

In a very neat transition, the orchestra and choir moved on to a setting of Psalm 122 by Thomas Attwood, "I was glad when they said unto me, We will go into the house of the Lord". This music was composed for the Coronation of King George's great-great grandson George IV.  The opening sinfonia was immediately recognisable, as the theme of  'God Save the King' - picked up beautifully by Phil Bonser on clarinet.

This music was much more grandiose than the Water Music, and Ben Lund-Conlon moved to tympani, with Chris taking up his trumpet for a very regal performance.

After the interval the coronation theme, with drums and trumpet, continued with Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of Psalm 100, "All People that on Earth do Dwell", composed for the Coronation of Elizabeth II.

Throughout both hymns, it was noticeable that there were only two tenor singers, hugely outnumbered by the basses. Paul Stock explained that in fact none of the choir's tenors had been able to attend. The tenor line was being sung by two of the regular basses, Philip and Keith. A remarkable achievement. To give them some respite, the next piece was Samuel Wesley's hymn "Blessed be the God and Father" composed for Easter Evensong at Hereford Cathedral in 1834 - when there had also been a complete absence of tenor singers - and sopranos.

The only single lines are for basses, where all the men were able to sing in unison, and for trebles - sung as a high solo by the Clyst Valley soprano soloist Janet Macdonald. Ben Lund-Conlon's kettle-drums provided a driving rhythm and rousing finale to this very appropriate choral piece.

Mark Perry, who had been playing solidly on the piano throughout the choral pieces, now had a chance to demonstrate his keyboard skills in a solo exposition for organ. His choice, the Crown Imperial March composed for the Coronation of George VI in 1937 by William Walton, was originally an orchestral piece but is equally moving as an organ arrangement. Mark played mostly in the upper register keeping the sound airy and light. Even the regal march was light on the bass. A lovely interlude - regal, but gentle.

The gentle feel of the concert continued with the remainder of John Rutter's choral suite "The Sprig of Thyme". Janet Macdonald sang one more soprano solo in "The Cuckoo", and the suite ended with the timeless poetry of Robert Burns, "Sweet Afton" evoking the rolling country of his beloved home county of Ayreshire.


Paul Stock conducts the Clyst Valley Choral Society
'Cello: Sue Stock, Viola: Nicola Smith,
2nd Violin: Rebecca Jackson,
Trumpet: Chris Gould,
1st Violin: Sally Bull,
Flutes: Mandy Fishleigh & Marcus Carson

Soprano Soloist: Janet Macdonald
Tympani & Bass Trombone: Ben Lund-Conlon
Organ & Piano: Mark Perry
The orchestra and choir closed the concert as they opened it, with the tumultuous sound of a magnificent  Handel oratorio. This time it was the mighty "Messiah". Ben was forced to undertake major retuning of his tympani for the spectacular "Hallelujah" chorus. His efforts proved well worth it when he and Chris burst in with drums and trumpet. Despite the lack of tenor voices, the sopranos and altos gave an impressive performance - with thunderous accompaniment from the basses.

Paul Stock was impassioned at the rostrum, drawing the most out of all the performers right up to the climactic closing words.

This was a magnificent two nights of music, and there will be more in April next year when Paul Stock will conduct the choir and orchestra in more British classics. John Rutter's music will feature again, when the choir sing his suite of spirituals, "Feel the Spirit". This time, Kate Lees will be singing the soprano solos. There will also be baritone solos in Charles Villiers Stanford's 1904 setting of John Newbolt's nautical poems "Songs of the Sea".

Many thanks to Musical Director Paul Stock, Soprano Soloist Janet Macdonald, Orchestra Leader Sally Bull and all the members of the orchestra and choir, who work so hard to provide such a wealth of beautiful music for listeners in Devon. Rehearsals continue at St Mary's Church in Clyst St Mary every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 9.15pm. New members are always welcome - to sing in any voice.

Clyst Valley Choral Society
Clyst Valley Choral Society
Musical Director: Paul Stock

St Margaret's Church Topsham
Saturday 29 April 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
Sunday 30 April 7.30pm
SPRING CONCERT
Musical Director: Paul Stock
Orchestra Leader: Sally Bull
Soprano Soloist: Kate Lees
Charles Villiers Stanford: "Songs of the Sea"
John Rutter: "Feel the Spirit"
Tickets: £10 (advance £8)
Advance Booking: 01392 271858
Topsham Bookshop: 01392 877895
Clyst Valley Choral Society Website

Monday, 21 November 2016

Andrew Daldorph & East Devon Choral Society Rossini "Stabat Mater" & Puccini "Messa di Gloria" Lucy Bray, Alison Kettlewell, John Pierce, Tim Mirfin Saint Paul's Church Tiverton Saturday 19 November 2016

Andrew Daldorph
East Devon Choral Society

East Devon Choral Society
& Orchestra Leader:

Fiona McLean-Buechel
As storm Angus lashed the darkened streets of Tiverton, St Paul's Church in Tiverton filled with expectant music-lovers anticipating an evening of sacred music with a very operatic flavour.

Since the East Devon Choral Society's triumphant performance of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem in D Minor" and Hubert Parry's "Blest Pair of Sirens" in May (see details), their Music Director, Andrew Daldorph, has been working with the choir to prepare two more wonderful works.


Soprano: Lucy Bray
Alto: Alison Kettlewell
Tenor: John Pierce
Bass: Tim Mirfin
In a change from the usual EDCS venue of Tiverton Baptist Church, the audience were treated to the new look upholstered seating of St Paul's. The wider sanctuary comfortably accommodated the choir, while the orchestra spread out from the nave into the aisles. Colin Pettit was playing the grand piano instead of the organ, and the orchestra had the muscular addition of John Cullimore's tuba, last seen at St Paul's for Andrew Daldorph's production of Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" in 2011.

Leading once again, was Fiona McLean-Buechel, with EMG Symphony Orchestra Leader Clare Smith at second desk. Fiona, among her other commitments, now teaches violin and viola as Lead Tutor for Strings at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.

Operatic Mezzosoprano
Alison Kettlewell
with voice student
Lucy Bray
Newton St Cyres
27 August 2013
Also joining us was former Exeter School student, and now fourth year Trinity Laban undergraduate, Lucy Bray. Lucy Bray has also been a Choral Scholar at Buckfast Abbey, and won Penny Adie's Two Moors Festival 'Platform Competition' in the 2012. In 2013 Lucy took time out from her studies to join Andrew Daldorph for a concert of song at the Church  of St Cyr & St Julitta in Newton St Cyres.

Gioachino Rossini: "Stabat Mater"

Giving an amazing display of vocal skill in the first half of the concert, Lucy sang in duet during the "Stabat Mater" by Gioachino Rossini, with her former Exeter School vocal coach Alison Kettlewell (herself an amazingly accomplished international opera star). Lucy's voice was extraordinarily powerful and expressive, with an impressively mature sound. Alison's mezzosoprano voice complemented Lucy's with incredible depth and sensitivity. The reunion of teacher and student was a joy to hear.

Down the scale, the tenor arias were provided by Royal Northern College graduate and up-and-coming opera star John Pierce. John engaged the audience immediately with his operatic stage presence, and sang with incredible force and passion. Tim Mirfin, now a familiar voice at EDCS concerts, added his redolent bass voice in aria - and highly expressive recitative accompanied by the choir - and the bells of St Peter's Church striking eight.

Vice Chair: Sue North
& Vic North

present bouquets
The welcome return of
Lucy Bray
Following a delightfully sensitive mezzosoprano cavatina by Alison Kettlewell, the choir accompanied Lucy in a gorgeous final aria before ending Rossini's "Stabat Mater" in style with two rousing choruses. The tragic scene depicted throughout the piece, of Mary's devastating bereavement, was turned to joy in the promise of Paradise, before the protracted and inspiring "In sempiterna saeculia, Amen."

As Alison and Lucy bowed out, their outstanding work completed for the evening, EDCS Vice-Chair Sue North stepped forward to present them both with well-deserved congratulatory bouquets - allowing the audience to show their appreciation fully for choir and soloists in a protracted round of applause.

Giacomo Puccini: "Messa di Gloria"

" Messa di Gloria"
Tenor: John Pierce
Bass: Tim Mirfin
John Pierce and Tim Mirfin returned to the stage in the second half of the concert to accompany the choir in a joyful mass.

Puccini's "Messa di Gloria" opens with a sweetly delicate "Kyrie" for choir, which was beautifully introduced by Fiona's orchestra. With the soprano and alto voices to the fore, and gentle support fromt the men, the traditional plea for mercy became increasingly impassioned - with the insistent addition of Steve Douglas' kettle drums, before being led sweetly back to delicate entreaty by Fiona's string section. Andrew's preparation had been faultless, and the scene was set perfectly.

The almost cinematic "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" was pitched high for the women, creating a false sense of calm - quickly dispelled by the ensuing tumult of voices with powerful support from the orchestra. Each rousing crescendo gave way, surprisingly, to sudden subtle gentleness, which was perfectly controlled by Andrew - and demonstrated the impressive dynamic range of the choir.


Andrew Daldorph
conducts
East Devon Choral Society
(video still: Mike Brett)
Half way through the Gloria, John Pierce took over for the traditional expression of gratitude to God for the joys of the world, "Gratius Agimus Tibi". In a slightly more subdued mode, John was delightfully accompanied by the oboe of Andrew Maries and the clarinet of Chris Gradwell - before the energetic return of the choir.

With the barest accompaniment of plucked strings and gentle tympani, the choir continued with a march-like "Qui Tollis" in the distinctive romantic style of Puccini. Trevor Ives' horns, with the trumpets of Paul Thomas and Claude Lamon, beefed up by John Cullimore's tuba, added to the impressively regimented sound.

Following a climactic, and apparently final, "Amen" the action stopped abruptly. Extensive retuning took place in the orchestra. Fully back in tune, the orchestra were then ready for more. The choir launched into a feverishly energetic "Credo". The swooping voices of the sopranos and altos were echoed by the strings - skilfully held under by Fiona and Andrew.

Suddenly, the tenor voice of John Pierce joined the choir in a sensitive duet, "Et incarnatus". Holding back the power, John tenderly accompanied the choir, before giving way to Tim Mirfin's baritone "Crucifixus". Tim sang incredibly soulfully, recalling the tragic story of Rossini's "Stabat Mater" in the first half of the concert.

A portentious quickening of the strings indicated the return of the choir. The good news of the "Et resurrexit" started with soft reassurance before expanding outrageously into an overwhelmingly energetic expression of faith. Almost as an aside, the closing words of the creed brought the Nicene theology to a controlled conclusion, but still with some residual power provided by the brass and tympani.

The "Sanctus" was much gentler, but still lively, followed by a doleful baritone "Benedictus" from Tim Mirfin, and an energetic "Hosanna in excelsis" from the choir.

The "Agnus Dei" brought all the glorious ingredients together finally in an unexpected and extremely satisfying way. John opened very gently, echoed by the choir, before Tim repeated the performance for "Miserere Nobis". Finally John and Tim sang together in impressive harmony in the reprise, leading to the final soft-landing of "Dona nobis pacem" from the choir.

Leader & Conductor:
Fiona McLean-Buechel
& Andrew Daldorph
The sudden gentleness of the ending had more impact than all that had gone before, and everything was spectacularly and perfectly controlled. The audience were delighted with the choir's performance, and the loving work of their Musical Director Andrew Daldorph, with orchestra and soloists who incredibly had only joined them that day.


Wine for the Soloists
John Pierce
Tim Mirfin
Vice-Chair Sue North was on hand again, with red wine for the men. Just the thing to soothe hard-working vocal cords. Andrew Daldorph, modest as ever, was not expecting any public acclaim, but he was quite rightly presented with a bottle too - to express the gratitude and pleasure, of choir and audience alike, for his magnificent work.

 . . . and the conductor:
Andrew Daldorph
Once again, the East Devon Choral Society have staged a brilliantly chosen, conceived and executed programme of music. The visiting instrumentalists and vocal soloists were exceptional, and the choir, as always, a pleasure to see and hear. Credit must go to Andrew Daldorph for the preparation and execution - and to the EDCS Committee for the tireless work which goes into bringing such splendid music to the public.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Andrew Daldorph and the East Devon Choral Society are already planning something even more spectacular for spring 2017. They will be back at the Baptist Church on Saturday 25 March to perform Bach's "St John Passion".


That will be a concert not to be missed. I can hear that opening chorus already . . .

East Devon Choral Society

East Devon Choral Society
Tiverton Baptist Church
Saturday 25 March 7.30pm
J S BACH "ST JOHN PASSION"
Musical Director: Andrew Daldorph
Tickets: TBA

Soprano Soloist & Orchestra Leader
Lucy Bray &
Fiona McLean-Buechel

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Classical Journey Friday 18 November 2016 Rundown of Concerts

BACH'"ST JOHN PASSION"
Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts
English Touring Opera & Old Street Band
Exeter Cathedral
Friday 25 November
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Divertimento Piano Trio
Divertimento Piano Trio
Chagford Parish Church
Friday 18 November 7.30pm
PIANO TRIOS
Piano: Margaret Lynn
Violin: Mary Eade
'Cello: Vicky Evans
Louise Farrenc Opus 33
Camille Saint-Saëns Opus 18
Felix Mendelssohn Opus 49
Tickets: TBC
Booking: 01803 863677
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Samantha Ward
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Exeter Symphony Orchestra
Southernhay Church Exeter
Saturday 19 November 7.30pm
THE WINTER CONCERT 2016
Conductor: Brian Northcott
Piano Soloist: Minyung Baek
                     Samantha Ward
Aaron Copland: "Billy the Kid"
Edvard Grieg: "Piano Concerto"
MinJung Baek
Tickets: £12 (advance £10 U18 £1)
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East Devon Choral Society
St Paul's Church Tiverton
East Devon Choral Society
Saturday 19 November 7.30pm
ROSSINI PUCCINI
Musical Director: Andrew Daldorph
Soprano: Lucy Bray
Alto: Alison Kettlewell
Tenor: John Pearce
Bass: Tim Mirfin
Gioachino Rossini: "Stabat Mater"
Giacomo Puccini: "Messa di Gloria" 
Tickets: £10 (child £4)
Box Office: 01884 253494   
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Clyst Valley Choral Society
Clyst Valley Choral Society
Conductor: Paul Stock
1. St Margaret's Church Topsham
    Saturday 19 November 7.30pm
2. Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
    Sunday 20 November 7.30
A CONCERT OF BRITISH MUSIC
Conductor: Paul Stock
Soprano: Janet Macdonald
Trumpet: Chris Gould
Organ: Mark Perry
G F Handel: "Samson" -
     "Let the Bright Seraphim"
                     "Messiah" -
          "Hallelujah" Chorus
John Rutter: "The Sprig of Thyme"
William Walton: Coronation of George VI
                             "Crown Imperial" March
Ralph Vaughan Williams: "Old 100th" Psalm
                  "All People that on Earth do Dwell"
Tickets: £10 (advance £8)
Advance Booking: 01392 271858
Topsham Bookshop: 01392 877895
Clyst Valley Choral Society Website
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Divertimento Piano Trio
Divertimento Piano Trio
Whitchurch Canonicorum
Sunday 20 November 3pm
PIANO TRIOS
Piano: Margaret Lynn
Violin: Mary Eade
'Cello: Vicky Evans
Louise Farrenc Opus 33
Camille Saint-Saëns Opus 18
Felix Mendelssohn Opus 49
Tickets: TBC
Booking: 01803 863677
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English Touring Opera
Julia Riley is King Xerxes
"Ombra mai fu"

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Tuesday 22 November 7.30pm
G F Handel: "Xerxes"
Director: James Conway
Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny
Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm
Francesco Cavalli: "La Calisto"
Director/Conductor: Timothy Nelson
Thursday 24 November 7.30pm
Claudio Monteverdi: "Ulysses Homecoming"
Tickets: D £20.50 C £25.50 B £32.50 A £35.50
Concessions: D C B £2 off
Box Office: 01392 726363
Northcott Website  ETO Website
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Michèle Banting
Iain McDonald
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 23 November 12 for 12.30pm
SONGS & POETRY
Piano: Michèle Banting
Baritone: Iain Macdonald
Poetry: Jilly Cooper
Admission FREE Retiring Collection
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English Touring Opera,
Exeter Cathedral Choir,
Local Gospel & Youth Choirs &
Old Street Band
Exeter Cathedral
Friday 25 November 7.30pm
ST JOHN PASSION
Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny
Director: James Conway
Soprano: Susanna Fairbairn
                 Galina Averina
Jonathan Peter Kenny 
English Touring Opera
Old Street Band
Mezzo Soprano: Martha Jones
                           Katie Bray
Tenor: Robert Anthony Gardiner
              John-Colyn Gyeantey
                   Nick Pritchard
Baritone: George Humphreys
                Peter Brathwaite 
Bass Baritone: Andrew Slater
Band A: £25.50 (U27 £13)
Band B: £20.50 (U27 £10.50)
Band C: £16.50 (U27 £8.50)
Band D: £12.50 (U27 £6.50)
Northcott Box Office: 01392 726363
Online BookingNorthcott Theatre
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Exeter University Chapel Choir
(and Alumni)
Mary Harris Memorial Chapel
(Exeter University Streatham Campus)
Saturday 26 November 2-9pm
COME AND SING!
Director: Michael Graham
Rehearsals: from 2pm
with breaks & light supper
Free Concert: at 7.30pm
Details: contact Michael Graham
chapelmusic@exeter.ac.uk
(please state voice part &
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Flowerbed Music
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Saturday 26 November 7.30pm
TUBULAR BELLS FOR SOLO PIANO
Piano: Dave Sanderson
Dave's own arrangement with 
an opening set of original pieces
and projected images
Tickets: £10
Cathedral Box Office: 01392 285983
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Exeter Bach Society
Southernhay United Reformed Church
Saturday 26 November 7.30pm
BACH MAGNIFICAT & DIXIT DOMINUS
Director: Jonathan Lucas Wood
Orchestra Leader: Anna Cockroft
Soprano: Bethany Partridge
Soprano: Aimee Presswood
Alto: Alex Masters
Tenor: Philip Pooley
Bass: Tim Mirfin
J S Bach: Brandenburg Concerto IV
G F Handel: "Dixit Dominus"
J S Bach: Magnificat in D major
                  (with Christmas hymns)
Tickets: £15 (advance £12.50)
Advance BookingTicketSource
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Starling Octet
St Stephen's Church Exeter
Saturday 26 November 8pm
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Ola Gjeilo: "Northern Lights"
Anton Bruchner
Paul Mealor: "Ubi Caritas et Amor"
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: "Four Shakespeare Songs"
Soprano: Meg BrandHattie Brown
Alto: Rebecca WillsonZoë Fitzsimmons
Tenor: Ben PenningtonSarah Pennington
Bass: Adrian LockMalcolm Field
Tickets: £10/£7 (Advance £9/£6 U16 FREE)
Includes light refreshments
Advance Booking: TicketSource
Starling Octet Website
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Torbay Singers
Brass Ensemble
St Matthias Church
Babbacombe Road Torquay
Saturday 26 November 7.30pm
JOY MAJESTY
Musical Director: Tina Guthrie
John Rutter: "Gloria"
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina:
"Exsultate Deo"  "In Ecclesiis"
      "Sonata Pian' e Forte"
Claudio Monteverdi: "Cantate Domino"
Henry Purcell:
"Music for the funeral of Queen Mary"
Anton Bruckner: "Christus Factus Est"
"Afferentur Regi"  "Aequalis" "Ave Maria"
Tickets: £12 (U25 Full-Time Ed FREE)
Telephone: 01803 782677
John Couch Estate Agents, Torquay
Book OnlineTorbay Singers Website
                         - and pay on the door.
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Josephine Pickering
David Lee
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 30 November 12 for 12.30pm
PIANO DUETS
Piano: Josephine Pickering
Piano: David Lee
Admission FREE Retiring Collection
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Farms for City Children
Exeter Cathedral
Friday 2 December 7.30pm
"THE BEST XMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD"
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Directed by: Simon Reade
Narrated by: Michael Morpurgo Virginia McKenna
A unique Christmas concert performed by candlelight,
Michael’s story is told together with
specially selected Christmas carols.
"The Best Christmas Present in the World"
revisits the trenches and tells the haunting story
of Christmas 1914 when soldiers on both sides
Virginia McKenna
& Michael Morpurgo
put down their weapons in honour of Christmas Day.
with songs performed by award-winning
a cappella group Voices at the Door
A truly inspiring and atmospheric
celebration of Christmas.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
For children and adults of all ages
Tickets: Rear Nave £20 (U12 £15)
              Mid Nave £15 (U12 18.75)
VIP Tickets: £50
(Drinks in the Chapter House & Priority Seating)
Tickets available until Thursday 1 December
Nethercott House
A 'Farms for City Children' Farm
at Iddesleigh near Okehampton
Online BookingEventBrite
Detailsfarmsforcitychildren.org
For further information please contact
Farms for City Children on 01392 276381
emailmargi@farmsforcitychildren.org
(FFCC Fundraiser Margi Jervoise)
Event Sponsored by: Everys Solicitors
 Kindly Supported by: Devon Life
            Knight FrankStorm Press
               Simpkins EdwardsMercure Hotels
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COMING UP IN DECEMBER
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Mary O'Shea
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Devon Voices
All Saint's Church East Budleigh
Friday 9 December
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Exeter Male Voice Choir
Exeter Male Voice Choir
South Street Baptist Church
Saturday 10 December 7pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Musical Director: Margaret Aagesen-Hughes
Piano Accompanist: Peter Betts
Mezzosoprano Soloist: Carolyn Harries
Tickets: £8
Details: David Northrop 07733 135711
Exeter Male Voice Choir Website