Monday, 18 September 2017

Ruth Molins Live Interview on "Classical Journey" Phonic FM Friday 22 September 2017

Ruth Molins
(Photo: Jade Gall)

This Friday's "Classical Journey" programme on Phonic FM will be at 2pm.

The first part of the programme will be dedicated to a discussion with Exeter flautist, Ruth Molins.

Hallsands Revisited

- one house remains
Flute Cake
join Lona & Sam
On Saturday last week (16 September) Ruth and her flute trio, 'Flute Cake' (Ruth Molins, Sophie Brewer & Jennifer Campbell), joined Lona Kozik and Sam Richards at Hallsands on the South Devon coast to revisit the story of Hallsands' collapse into the sea during the storm of January 1917. Together they gave première performances of  "The Ruined Village" by Lona Kozik and "The Night of the Storm and the Rain" by Sam Richards. The latter included a beautifully scored section for 'Flute Cake' to play on toy bells, plus singing by Sam Richards and Soundart Radio Artistic Director, Lucinda Guy.

Whistling Tube & Spring Drum
Sam Richards
This extraordinary recital was performed in a clear-sided marquee on the cliffs above the ruined village, in which were displayed many sea- and fishing-related artworks by Torcross artist Frances Gynn - presented in collaboration with Bill Fletcher-Neal.

The evening's music also included a sensitive and atmospheric electronic ambient piece, "Aqua Marine", composed and presented by Melvyn Bangert.

Improvised Drawing
Frances Gynn
Lona and Sam also played three piano pieces in the first half: Lona's arrangement of Percy Grainger's 1908 setting of retired sailor John Perring's Dartington sea shanty, "Stormalong", a live version of Lona's multi-track piano composition "Drift" (as a four-hand, played by Lona and Sam), and "Ghost Nets", an improvisation involving Sam's bowed tam tam, whistling tube and spring drum, and Lona's prepared piano containing several acoustically active objects, including wildly dancing ping-pong balls. Frances Gynn took part in the improvisation, creating an original image on black paper with white pastels.

Sam Richards' fascinating one-hour musical documentary for Soundart Radio, "Hallsands", featuring Lona Kozik, Elie Fruchter, Lucinda Guy, and many other Soundart stars, is still available at Lona's Mixcloud Page.

Flute Cake

Flute Cake
Ruth Molins, Sophie Brewer, & Jennifer Campbell
Courtlands House, 6 September 2013
Ruth, Sophie & Jennifer will be performing again, during October and November, at three different venues in Exeter. Ruth has composed a fascinating, semi-improvised piece, "Make Room", for performance in any building. The audience follow the musicians through rooms and corridors, while the flutes weave music to fit any environment. This very adventurous approach to musical presentation has already been experienced by appreciative audiences in Ruth's own home. New venues already booked are the Waterstones bookshop on Cathedral Green (7 October), the café in The Glorious Art House (which is half-way down Fore Street in Exeter - 22 October), and Veronica Gosling's 'Studio 36' at 36 Denmark Road (5 November). (Full details below.)

This Music is Yours

Alex Wilson & Ruth Molins
"A Breath of Fresh Air"
St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, 15 November 2015
First seen in concert together in 2015 ("A Breath of Fresh Air"), flautist Ruth Molins and pianist Alex Wilson will be collaborating again in October. Their new concert tour is called "This Music is Yours" and features compositions by Cornishman Graham Fitkin, Kentish man Ian Clarke, and Parisian Francis Poulenc. Ruth and Alex have also included music by three female composers, Anne Boyd, Claude Arrieu and Ruth Molins herself. The first concert will be on Sunday this week, across the border in Somerset. Two weeks later they will be closer to home, in Bradninch near Cullompton (Sunday 8 October). Their final concert will be here in Exeter in the Baptist Church at the bottom of South Street (Saturday 28 October). (Full details below.)

Exeter Flutes

Exeter Youth Flutes
Ruth also runs two flute choirs, 'Exeter Flutes' (adults over 18) and 'Exeter Youth Flutes', at her home, 37 Clifton Road in Newtown. New students Grade II to VIII are always welcome, while Exeter Youth Flutes welcomes beginners.

Exeter Youth Flutes
meet on Tuesdays
(from 12 September)
at 7pm.

Exeter Flutes
meet on Thursdays
(from 14 September)
at 7.30pm.

All students, ten sessions per term for £60 (concessionary rate £50).

Anyone who is interested can contact Ruth on 07507 568174
or find out more online at

Peter Nickol

On Saturday 21 October Ruth will be joining a group of multi-talented artists & musicians at the St Sidwell's Community Centre (in Sidwell Street). Veronica Gosling, founder and manager of Studio 36 in Denmark Road, has brought everyone together for an event called "Patterns". Starting at 7pm the participants will explore poetry, dance, music and images. Food and drink are also provided. Ruth will be performing with pianist Peter Nickol and singer Peter Farrie. Ruth has also prepared a new composition of her own, "Kitchen, Early Evening", which she will perform at the Patterns evening. (Details below)

Flute Cake
1. Waterstones Cathedral Yard
     Saturday 7 October 7pm
2. TheGlorious Art House Café
    (120 Fore St. EX4 3JQ)
     Sunday 22 October 7pm
3. Studio 36 Denmark Road
     Sunday 5 November 3pm
        "MAKE ROOM"
"A musical space in which
    to reimagine oneself
      and one's surroundings"
Composer: Ruth Molins
Flutes: Ruth Molins
            Sophie Brewer
              Jennifer Campbell
Tickets: £10 (£9 in advance)
Advance Booking: 07507 568174

Ruth Molins & Alex Wilson
1. St Mary's Cannington (TA5 2HS)
     Sunday 24 September 3.30pm
2. St Disen's Bradninch (EX5 4NN)
     Sunday 8 October 3pm
3. South Street Baptist Church
     Saturday 28 October 4pm
Flute: Ruth Molins
Piano: Alex Wilson
Anne Boyd: "Bali Moods"
Claude Arrieu: "Sonatine"
Ian Clarke: "Spiral Lament"
Graham Fitkin: "Jim & Pam & Pam & Jim"
Ruth Molins: "In Memory"
Francis Poulenc: Flute Sonata
Tickets: Cannington £7
   Bradninch & Exeter - set your own price!

St Sidwell's Centre Exeter
Saturday 21 October 7pm
(includes a new composition by
  Ruth Molins: "Kitchen, Early Evening")
Flautist/Composer: Ruth Molins
Pianist/Composer: Peter Nickol
Singer/Songwriter: Peter Farrie
Artist (Studio 36): Veronica Gosling
Artist/Singer/Scientist: Clare bryden
Poet: James Turner
Actor/Compere: Jeff Sleeman
Singer/Dancer: Amerie Rose
Doctor/Drummer: Felix May
Radiographer/Dancer: Louise Clarke
Boatbuilder/Sailor/Writer: Mike Ludgrove
Food & Drink Provided
Tickets: £10
Studio 36: 01392 256206
Studio 36 Website     St Sidwell's Centre Website

"Behold the Sea" Brian Northcott & Laurence Blyth Exeter Cathedral Saturday 25 November 2017

Laurence Blyth
Exeter, Exmouth & Wellington Choral Societies
& Brian Northcott's Exeter Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 25 November
(Photo - with Shannon Class "R&J Welburn": Anthony Jolliffe)

Singers from choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington are undertaking an epic voyage, culminating in a large-scale performance in Exeter Cathedral later this year.

Members of the choirs, who will be joined on stage by the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Brian Northcott, have begun rehearsals for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Sea Symphony” that will take place on 25th November 2017 and include a fundraising collection in support of the RNLI. (See

Devon-based conductor Laurence Blyth, who is responsible for bringing the 200 singers together, is looking forward to the challenge. Speaking during a visit to the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station last month, he said:

“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to conduct a large-scale performance of this amazing symphony in such stunning surroundings. Many of the singers won’t have sung in the Cathedral before, and I know that they’re looking forward to the concert already.”

The members of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra are no strangers to Exeter Cathedral, following recent performances of Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto” (with Raphael Wallfisch) and Laura Rossi’s “Battle of the Somme”. They will open the concert in November with Arnold Bax’s tone poem “November Woods” conducted by Brian Northcott.

Exeter, Exmouth & Wellington
Choral Societies &
Exeter Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 25 November 7.30pm
Arnold Bax: "November Woods"
Orchestral Conductor: Brian Northcott
Ralph Vaughan Williams: "A Sea Symphony"
Choral Conductor: Laurence Blyth
Soprano Soloist: Alison Burnett
Baritone Soloist: Paul Sheehan
Tickets: unreserved £10 / Rear Nave: £12
Front Nave: £15  (U16 FREE)
Box Office: 01392 665700
(Exeter Visitor Centre, Dix's Field)
Online Booking: TicketSource
Retiring Collection: RNLI

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Exeter Choral
Exmouth Choral
Wellington Choral
Exeter Symphony

Friday, 8 September 2017

"Claudia - the Diva on your Doorstep" Mid Devon Advertiser Article (no by-line) Friday 8 September 2017

Claudia Álvarez Calderón

Peruvian-Italian coloratura soprano Claudia Álvarez Calderón is bringing her unique voice to village halls over South Devon. The Diva on your Doorstep: Access all Arias! tour starts on September 15 in Lustleigh Village Hall. Claudia, who is based in Dartmoor, will perform a programme of opera arias and solo piano pieces with pianist Simon Dunbavand.

She said, "The programme will span from the Baroque period all the way to 20th century Bernstein. It will have very bubbly and exciting operatic arias for coloratura soprano and some solo piano pieces."

Claudia came up the idea for touring Devon village halls after recently touring in Italy.

"At the moment I collaborate with an international opera company based in Italy called Gli Amici di Fritz and we perform in a variety of different venues  around Italy," she said. "Although we get to sing in beautiful theatres, maybe the most satisfying performances have been the ones in small villages in which people are not used to having opera being performed. After the shows they come to us and tell us how happy they are to have quality music being performed on their doorstep. With this in mind, I realised that's something that lacks in small communities in Devon."

"I've been performing in some bigger towns and cities in Devon since I arrived here three years ago but thought it would be lovely to take my shows to people's doorsteps as well. That's why I called my project Diva on your Doorstep! I thought it would also provide a chance for people who maybe don't want to drive all the way to Exeter or Plymouth to listen to quality music."

For more information see Claudia's Website

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Substance & Shadow Theatre "Howie the Rookie" Clifford Room, Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10, 11 & 13 October 2017

Midge Mullin
is Howie-Lee
(Photography: Matt Austin)

Finalists at this year’s prestigious Exeter Living Awards, Substance and Shadow Theatre Company return to the Barnfield Theatre this autumn with Mark ORowe’s award winning play, "Howie The Rookie".

"Howie The Rookie" is a nightmare odyssey which follows rivals Howie-Lee, a man on the edge, and his name-sake, Rookie-Lee, on a white-knuckle no-holds-barred ride through the violent streets of working class Dublin, a place where enemies are interchangeable and the most brutal events take on a mythical significance.

In this tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters - ranging from 'Ladyboy', the psychotic thug hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his Siamese fighting fish, to the monstrous, belching 'Avalanche', who is looking for love from her bar stool.

Set in a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex, and visceral violence, "Howie The Rookie" is rich in comedy, and deeply poetic.

Time Out Magazine (New York): “O’Rowe’s hilarious, pimp-rollin’, blood-soaked text has not only [William] Shakespeare’s 'interiority' [i.e. focus on inner life and identity], but also [Christopher] Marlowe’s viciousness - and a cowboy’s jangling gait. It’s got [James] Joyce’s sense of place and [William] Faulkner’s sense of language.”

This rollercoaster, adrenaline-fuelled journey into Dublin’s underworld is an electrifying tale that will out-do the bloodiest of Jacobean tragedies and leave you shocked, stunned and thirsting for more!

'Substance & Shadow' Theatre Company
Clifford Room, Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Tues/Weds/Fri 10/11/13 October 8pm
(NO performance on Thursday!)
A Play by Mark O'Rowe
Howie-Lee: Midge Mullin
Rookie-Lee: Si Cook
Warning: contains extremely graphic language!
Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: 01392 271808
(Mon-Fri 10am-4pm ~ Sat 10am-2pm)
Online Booking: TicketSolve

Friday, 25 August 2017

- - "Diva On Your Doorstep: Access All Arias" - - Claudia Álvarez Calderón & Simon Dunvaband Lusteligh, Staverton, Holne, Stoke Gabriel, & Ugborough September-November 2017

Diva on Your Doorstep: Access all Arias!” will include opera arias and solo piano pieces from Baroque to Bernstein. Join Claudia & Simon for a fun filled evening of song - on your doorstep!

Tickets to each concert are £10 and free for under 16's and they can be booked in advance from the 1st of September. There will also be a licensed bar.

Dates and venues are:

15th September 7:30pm – Lustleigh Village Hall
29th September 7:30pm - Staverton Court House
13th October 7:30pm – Holne Village Hall
20th October 7:30pm - Stoke Gabriel 
10th November 7:30pm - Ugborough Village Hall

Claudia will be accompanied by the wonderful Simon Dunbavand,
click here to find out more about him.

Why "Diva on your Doorstep"?
Since Claudia started her collaboration with "Gli Amici di Fritz", an international opera company based in Italy, she has found that some of her favourite performances have been the ones put on in small villages and towns, where opera isn't normally performed.

That's why she decided to do the same for villages in Devon as it's something she is sure people will enjoy! You'll be able to have a lovely evening of thrilling and beautiful music, not far from home and without thinking about having to drive far or worry about parking.

Claudia and Simon hope to be able to bring their show to more villages in the future, so stay tuned for more!

More Details:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Nicola Howard & Patrick Taylor: 20th Century Songs - Live on Soundart Radio "Classical Journey Redux" Friday 4 August - AND - Coffee Concert with Val Howels at St Mary's Church Totnes Saturday 5 August 2017

Nicola Howard
Soundart Radio 9.00-10.30am Friday 4 August
St Mary's Church Totnes 10.30-12.00am Saturday 5 August
On Friday 4 July, Soundart Radio's "Classical Journey Redux" welcomes Nicola Howard and Patrick Taylor to Studio 4 of Dartington Space for a live performance of memorable songs of the twentieth century. The programme starts at 9am, when Patrick will set up his piano in the studio, ready for a live on-air concert.

Below is a list of numbers Nicola has sent in, in advance of the show. We can hear some tomorrow morning on the programme - and a more classical/romantic recital (with Nicola Howard AND Val Howels) will be performed at St Mary's Church on Saturday morning (5 August) at the regular 'Friends of St Mary's' Coffee Concert. Coffee/tea and cakes at 10.30am. Music at 11am. (Details in the poster below.)

Songs for "Classical Journey Redux" Friday 4 August:

Hilaire Belloc/Peter Warlock: "My Own Country"
                       (3 Belloc Songs 1927)

Hilaire Belloc/Graham Peel: "The Early Morning"
                      (The Country Lover 1910)

Alfred Lord Tennyson/Frank Bridge:
                      "Go Not Happy Day" (1903)

Victor Hugo/François Coppée/Reynaldo Hahn: 
                (20 Mélodies, 1er recueil 1888/89)
                      1. "Rêverie" - 3. "Mai"

Jacques Demy/Michel Legrand: "I Will Wait for You"
        ("Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi"
               Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964
                  English Lyrics: Norman Gimbel 1966)

Alan & Marilyn Bergman/Michel Legrand:
                "Papa, Can You Hear Me" (Yentl 1983)
Cole Porter: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
                         (Leave It to Me! 1938)

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross: "Whatever Lola Wants"
                         (Damn Yankees 1955)

Herbert Kretzmer/Charles Aznavour: "She"
          (7 Faces of Woman - British TV 1974)

Randy Crawford: "Almaz" (Diamond 1986)

Ray Davies: "Sunny Afternoon" (The Kinks 1966)

Jimmy Cox: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" (1923)

Shelton Brooks: "Some Of These Days" (1910)

Monday, 10 July 2017

East Devon Choral Society "Colours of Love" Charity Concert St George's Church Tiverton Saturday 8 July 2017

East Devon Choral Society
Musical Director: Andrew Daldorph

East Devon Choral Society in full voice
(Photograph: Mike Brett)
The East Devon Choral Society are well known for their spectacular performances of baroque and classical masterpieces at Tiverton Baptist Church, with full orchestra and Colin Pettet playing the impressive Willis organ.

For this weekend's concert the choir sang with only minimal accompaniment. Director Andrew Daldorph demonstrated his amazing ability to play complicated melodies on the piano from a standing position, while simultaneously conducting a full choir.

Johann Pachelbel: "Canon & Gigue"
Piano: Andrew Daldorph
In a new departure, Andrew had also done away with musical manuscripts and songsheets. Every song was learned by ear and sung from memory - with everyone's attention firmly fixed on the Andrew for direction.

The change was immediately noticeable, with the relationship between conductor and choir much more visible to the audience than ever before. Every pair of eyes was looking up and outwards sharing their animation and excitement with the audience.

The first three numbers were from the renaissance, and eased the choir into unscripted song.

Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk
Andrew Daldorph   Chris Gradwell 

Verity Stroud
Greensleeves is well known, and the men concentrated on a wordless continuo. Orlando Gibbons' "Silver Swan" has a more complicated lyric, with counterpoint, but ironically relates the misconception that swans themselves do not sing - until they are about to die. Andrew also had some fun with Johann Pachelbel's "Canon & Gigue" for violins and continuo. He had arranged this as a beautiful vocalise for multiple voices, with no words at all. The choir worked their magic deftly, sending waves of pure delicious sound wafting over the audience, to the astoundingly delicate accompaniment of Andrew's piano playing. What a lovely opening to a concert - with the promise of much more to come.

Drums: Steve Douglas
The choir then had a chance to take a rest, as Andrew was joined by an informal jazz band convened for the evening. Steve Douglas played the drums and Chris Gradwell played the tenor saxophone in a smooth and lively version of Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" with Andrew playing the piano, and a slightly mysterious guest playing the electric bass guitar.

Tenor Saxophone:
Chris Gradwell
The mystery was soon resolved, as Andrew introduced Verity Stroud, one of his music students at Exeter School - and a very accomplished one. Verity is a Grade VIII piano student, as well as guitarist. She also plays the bassoon - and had been bassoon soloist in a performance of Mozart's "Bassoon Concerto in B flat" earlier the same week.

Verity's main contribution to the evening was still to be revealed. Andrew has been Verity's singing teacher, and came to realise that she has the perfect voice, and temperament, to perform his own compositions for jazz band and voice. Together they have made an album of classic songs and Andrew's own compositions.

Verity Stroud
"On You Beloved Eyes"
With Steve, Chris and Andrew providing a emotive introduction and accompaniment, she sang the title track from the album: "On You, Beloved Eyes", while accompanying herself on bass guitar. Her voice is very sensual, and blends perfectly with the instruments of a jazz quartet.

Before the interval there was also time for two more of Andrew's jazz numbers, "It's You My Love" and " Since You Are Here". The percussionist on the album is Gary Evans, and Steve Douglas had prepared for only a few days for this performance. Regardless of this, his gentle rhythms were perfect - and infectious.

The album also features Mike Thorn's double bass. Copies were available at the Church - produced by "Musical Squares" - i.e. Mike & Wendy Gluyas.

"Colours of the Day" (Light Up the Fire)
(Keith Ryecroft, Sue McClellan, John Paculabo)
East Devon Choral Society
The choir then returned for two more songs. First Andrew led a very sombre arrangement (by himself) of Charles Villiers Stanford's "Blue Bird" for female voices and piano only.

The men soon joined in, with full band including Verity's bass guitar, to sing the traditional spiritual (with a distinct, albeit spurious, West Country flavour), "Kum Ba Yah". To ensure that the choir members did not forget which verse they had reached, Andrew mimed the actions at each reprise - a very effective form of direction.

Ryecroft, McClellan & Pac
The theme "Colours of Love" had slightly slipped with this campfire song, but the first half ended with a rousing spiritual hymn which combined all of the elements. "Colours of the Day" by 'Parchment' (Keith Ryecroft, Sue McClellan & John Paculabo) - also subtitled "Light up the Fire" - did just that.

The exciting Christian message of Jesus' impending resurrection was expressed jubilantly in words and actions. And the choir were joined at the opportune moment by the full band to end with several exuberant choruses and a final exultant cheer.

Verity Stroud
"When I Saw You
Standing There"
The interval was passed pleasantly in the churchyard, with wine, soft drinks and snacks served in the church centre. After a pleasant half hour in the evening sunlight, the audience returned. Verity welcomed everyone back with an unscheduled rendition of another of Andrew's romantic compositions, "When I Saw You Standing There".

Peter McLean-Buechel
An appeal on behalf of
British Heart Foundation
Then a tenor from the choir introduced the benefit charity. Peter McLean-Buechel has reason to be grateful to the British Heart Foundation for all their help and support when he had cardiac surgery last year. In a witty and moving exposition, he summarised the many benefits provided by the charity. 

The Foundation works in all parts of the country, and is currently spending £26M on 87 projects in Exeter and Bristol. They have provided over 2,000 publicly accessible defibrillator units, and supply CPR units to schools. They also fund cardiac nurses, and a 24 hour helpline service. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the charity - along with donations from audience members. Andrew echoed Peter's sentiments - especially applauding the Foundation's work to keep one of his tenors in good health.

The rest of the choir then joined Peter on stage for something a little bit different, Dorothy Gale's impassioned ballad from "The Wizard of Oz", "Over the Rainbow" by Yip Harburg, with music by Harold Arlen (adapted, of course, by Andrew Daldorph). In a more exotic vein, Oswald Durand's Haitian song "Choucoune", set to music by Michel Mauléart Monton, and translated into English as "Yellow Bird" - a delightful contrast to Dorothy's bluebirds.

Henry Mancini: "The Pink Panther"
Drums: Steve Douglas
Piano: Andrew Daldorph
Tenor Saxophone: Chris Gradwell
This entertaining anthropomophic romance, sung by the women and accompanied by male chorus and drums, rekindled the jazzy feel of the evening and set the scene for a classic instrumental jazz number. Steve Douglas provided the ever-familiar brushed cymbal introduction to Henry Mancini's Academy Award winning theme to Blake Edwards' "The Pink Panther". Chris Gradwell's tenor saxophone playing totally recalled Plas Johnson's original - and Andrew's switching between genres was as impressive as ever. A song with everlasting appeal.

Verity Stroud
"Coming Back Home"

Verity joined the band on bass guitar for Sonny Burke's wartime lament "Black Coffee", and sang two more of Andrew's compositions with the band, "And I Want to Hold You" and "I'm Comin' Back Home". Verity's singing reached new heights on intensity, as she poured ever more energy into each word of Andrew's heart wrenching story.

Accolades from the band
for a special new singer
Verity Stroud

Verity's singing was perfectly matched, and complemented, by Chris's skilled saxophone solos, with all four instruments rising and falling in intensity precisely with Verity's mood - and incredible joint effort by four outstanding musicians.

By way of a total contrast, Andrew then introduced the men of the choir (plus female tenor Cathy Harris) to sing something in a lighter style - and very stylish indeed - "White Shoe Blues" by Jim Page.

Jim Page: White Shoes Blues
Andrew introduces the men
The men very ably injected just the right amount of humour and hep into the words and - just at the opportune moment - the entire soprano and alto sections joined in the chorus from the stalls. A brilliant and hilarious embellishment.

The Men's Section
Director: Andrew Daldorph
The whole choir polished off the theme of colours with "Blue Moon" by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (with spectacular male-voice continuo) and (with whole-hearted audience participation) "Yellow Submarine" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney. Originally performed by Ringo Starr "Yellow Submarine" offers ample opportunity for comic embellishment, which the choir members provided with voices off, while the audience joined in enthusiastically during the choruses - and most of the verses.

As a fitting finale, and an opportunity for the audience to recover from all the excitement, Verity Stroud ended the concert with another performance of "I'm Comin' Back Home" accompanied by the band. Her contributions had been much appreciated, and audience members made their way hot foot to the table at the exit selling her CDs - and to add to the contributions towards the British Heart Foundation.

The choir return to rehearsals in October, when new members are welcome as ever - especially tenors. The next concert will be at the Baptist Church in Newport Street, Tiverton, on Saturday 9th December: Handel's "Messiah"!

East Devon Choral Society
Musical Director: Andrew Daldorph
(Photograph: Mike Brett)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Dartington International Summer School & Festival Week Four Saturday 19 August - Saturday 26 August 2017

Dartington International Summer School
Week 4:
Saturday 19 August - Saturday 26 August
Peter Grimes / Composition
Film & Multimedia / Gospel & Jazz

Justin Dalton
Scaravelli Yoga
7.45-8.30am every day



Susanna Stranders
Advanced Opera Course
Britten Peter Grimes
(with Sian Edwards
& Paul Nilon)
All Sessions
Lee Reynolds
The Big Choir
Elgar The Music Makers
Session 1/2
CeCelia Wickham-Anderson
Gospel Choir
(with Carol Pemberton)
Session 2

Sarah Gabriel
Vocal Workshop
Session 3

Songs of the Jazz Age
(with Richard Williams)
Session 4
Tim Anderson
Opera Chorus:
Peter Grimes
Session 4
Sian Edwards
Advanced Conducting
All Sessions


Michael Finnissy
Advanced Composition
All Sessions
Dead Rat Orchestra
Multimedia, Art
& Sound Design:
Musical Magpie-ism
Session 1/2

Howard Skempton
Open Composition
Session 2
Neil Brand
Improvising to Film
Session 3/4
Paul Morley
Writing about Music
Session 4


Paul Archibald
Brass Warm-up
(with Brett Baker
 & Eric Vloeimans)
Session 1
Brass Ensemble
Session 3
John Ashton Thomas
Beginner's Jazz
Session 1
Eric Vloeimans
Trumpet Workshop
(with Paul Archibald)
Session 2

Brett Baker
Trombone &
Low Brass Workshop
Session 2
Steve Lodder
Jazz Piano &
Keyboards Workshop
Session 2
Andy Sheppard
Saxophones Workshop
Session 2

Martin France
Jazz Drumming &
Percussion Workshop
Session 2
Andy Sheppard
Jazz Ensembles
(with Eric Vloeimans,
  Steven Lodder &
 Martin France)
Session 3
Steve Dummer
Big Band
Session 4


Steve Dummer
Wind Band
Session 1
Chamber Music
(with Fournier Trio &
Atéa Wind Quintet)
Session 1/3/4
Atéa Wind Quintet
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe,
Bassoon & Horn Workshops
Session 2

Joanna MacGregor
Cornelius Cardew
& Open Scores
(with Howard Skempton)
Session 3
Fournier Trio
Violin, Viola &
'Cello Workshops
Session 3


Ivan Burton
Open Dance Course: Jive
Session 4

Paul Morley
Illustrated Lecture
"The Age of Bowie"
Mon 21 August 5.15pm
Neil Brand
Illustrated Lecture
"The Silent Pianist Speaks"
Wed 23 August 5.15pm

Dead Rat Orchestra
& Multimedia Students
Musical Magpie-ism
Multimedia Installations
Friday 25 August 2pm-4.30pm

All Courses: £440 (student £395, U12 £220)
Individual Courses (if available): £120
Two Session Courses: £160
(Telephone Only - 01803 847070)
Day Observer Pass: £10

Great Hall Courtyard: £805-£1,505
Higher Close: £555
Foxhole: £325
Camping: FREE
(Catering, per person: £325)
Parking Permit Included


Saturday 19 August
7.45pm BLACK VOICES £14/£18.50

Sunday 20 August

Monday 21 August
7.45pm JAZZWORKS £14/18.50
(Saxophone Andy Sheppard, Trumpet Eric Vloeimans,
           Keyboards Steve Lodder,  Percussion Martin France)

Tuesday 22 August
7.45pm AN EVENING OF BRASS MUSIC £14/18.50
(Trumpet Paul Archibald, Trombone Brett Baker, Trumpet Eric Vloeimans,
    Piano Steve Lodder, Piano Joseph Havlat)
(Soprano Sarah Gabriel, Piano Stephen de Pledge)

Wednesday 23 August
7.45pm FILM WITH MUSIC: METROPOLIS (1927) £14/18.50
(Saxophones Andy Sheppard, Piano & Electronica Joanna MacGregor,
          Sound Projection Matthew Fairclough)

Thursday 24 August
(Dartington Brass Ensemble Conductor Paul Archibald)
(Peter Grimes Paul Nilon, Advanced Opera & Conducting Students,
                                            Dartington Festival Orchestra & Opera Chorus)
10pm [White Hart] JAZZ JAM Admission FREE - Advance Booking
(Dartington Jazz Students)

Friday 25 August
2pm [Studio 1] CORNELIUS CARDEW Admission FREE - Advance Booking
("The Great Learning" & other scores reinterpreted
                                           - Open Scores Students, Director Howard Skempton)
2-4pm MUSICAL MAGPIE-ISM Admission FREE - Advance Booking
(Multimedia, Art & Sound Design Students, Directors Dead Rat Orchestra)
3pm [Barn Theatre] FILM WITH LIVE MUSIC Admission FREE - Advance Booking
(Improvising to Film Students, Director Neil Brand)
5.15pm GILDAS QUARTET: NEW CHAMBER MUSIC Admission FREE - Advance Booking
(Advanced Composition Students, Director Michael Finnissy)
(Dartington Festival Orchestra & Choir, Conductor Lee Reynolds, 'Cello Pei-Sian Ng)
11pm BIG BAND & JIVE £10
(Dartington Big Band, Director Steve Dummer, Trumpet Eric Vloeimans)

Saturday 26 August
(Advanced Opera Students, Dartington Festival Orchestra & Choir,
                                                        Conductor Sian Edwards, Peter Grimes Paul Nilon)

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