Wednesday, 1 April 2015

OKLAHOMA! Crediton Operatic & Dramatic Society (CODS) Queen Elizabeth Academy Lower School (Barnfield) Monday 6 April - Saturday 11 April 2015

Crediton Operatic & Dramatic Society

There may be no theatre building in Crediton, but that hasn't discouraged the members of the local community opera and drama society, CODS. The company have been putting on concerts in Crediton for the past fifty years. In 2014 they staged Lionel Bart's "Blitz" at Easter, directed by Sarah & Simon Carter, and performed at "Lower School". To celebrate those fifty glorious years in advance, there was "An Evening of Songs" at the Boniface Centre in September - with supper, repeated at Sandford Village Hall a week later, black tie optional. Finally, at the end of October, CODS were at the Upper School for a Gilbert & Sullivan mash-up, "Trial on Pinafore", directed by Mike Canning and Phil Ward.

This year starts will a thrilling musical. Based on Lynn Rigg's play "Green Grow the Lilacs", "Oklahoma!" built on the success of "Show Boat". Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the words and Richard Rodgers set them to music. The play opened on broadway during the Second World War, and recalled the days before the First War - in Claremore, Rogers County, in 1906. Rigg's play was written in 1931 and has some fun with the local farm workers' reaction to the new inventions of the twentieth century. The main theme, however, is the age-old one of relationships - and attitudes regarding relationships. Some of the ideas expressed are quite shocking, and it is equally shocking to realise how little things have improved in the intervening century.

Director/Choreographer: Emily Killeen
Musical Director: Ian Crew

For this production Emily Killeen and Ian Crew have taken over the "Lower School" site once more. It is conveniently available for two weeks during the school's Easter holiday.

It is ESSENTIAL for anyone wanting to see this play to distinguish "upper" and "lower". The "Upper School" is in the centre of the town, opposite the Red House, and pretty easy to find. However, "Lower School" is outside the town on the Exeter side, and reached from Exeter Road by turning into Park Road (just before Treen's Motorcycles) and following this to Barnfield - a road up a steep hill, which ends at the gates of "Lower School". I hope that's clear!

Emily Killeen has worked extraordinarily hard on the stage management, and especially the choreography for this play. There are a bewilderingly complex array of dance numbers, all beautiful, all stunningly coordinated. Add to that the spectacular acting and show-stopping songs, and you have the ingredients for a dazzling evening of entertainment.

As the crew got under way with the building of the set, and Jane Bailey and Bobby Murphy continued to work non-stop on costumes, the actors grabbed the stage on Monday evening this week for a full run-through. Here are a few photographs to give some idea of the scale of this production. Even in mufti the cast make an impressive site, and the Oklahoma countryside can be seen growing in the background.

Much of the black backdrop will be seating on opening night. The play will be viewed 'in the round' from three banks of 'bleachers'. The front rows are stage-side, and very close to the action. Book a front row seat for a really exciting show!

Ben Edgecombe is Curly McLain
John Nash is Will Parker
Nikki Wilkes is Laurey Williams
Sarah Carter is Ado Annie Carnes

Cathy Lamb is Laurey's Aunt Eller
Mike Felstead is Ali Hakim

Ali fancies the girls

and tries it on
but Aunt Eller
won't stand for no nonsense
Ian Crew accompanies
as Laurey sings the narrative
with audience participation

and any excuse for a dance
Jason Bomford
is Andrew Carnes
(Ado Annie's father)

Who also has a few choice words
for the philandering Ali

A thrilling entrance for Will Parker
(John Nash)
and an equally thrilling exit for Ali

Preparing picnic hampers
and comparing gooseberry tarts
Tasha Currie is Gertie Cummings
with Aunt Eller and Laurey Williams
Curly comes on
a bit too strong
and is rebuffed

While Laurey weeps
another suitor bewails his lot
Phil Ward is Jud Fry
living in the smokehouse
and very wary of visitors

A fortune teller - Vivian

introduces another conflab

and a song of longing

The girls cheer Laurey up
with a dance

Annie gets Laurey to join in
Such fun!
When Curly joins in
things can only get better
The dance becomes a celebration
but someone is jealous
     And now read on . . .

Crediton Operatic Dramatic Society
Lower School Queen Elizabeth Academy Crediton
Monday 6 - Saturday 11 April 7.30pm
Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Stage Director: Emily Killeen
Musical Director: Ian Crew
Curly McLain: Ben Edgecombe
Laurey Williams: Nikki Wilkes
Will Parker: John Nash
Ado Annie Carnes: Sarah Carter
Andrew Carnes: Jason Bomford
Jud Fry: Phil Ward
Tickets: £12.60 (concession £10)
Olivia James: 01363 777969
CODS Website

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Elizabeth Jane Baldry and Oberon Fairy Harp Recital Temple Methodist Church Budleigh Salterton Wednesday 15 April 2015

Elizabeth Jane Baldry

                         Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
                         Temple Methodist Church Budleigh
                         Wednesday 15 April 7.30pm
                         HARP RECITAL
                         Antonio de Cabezon: "Pavane & Variations"
                         George Frideric Handel: "Passacaille"
                         Jan Ladislav Dussek: Sonata in C minor
                         Georgio Lorenzi: "Ondina"
                         Albert Zabel: "Marguerite at the Spinning Wheel"
                         Erik Satie: "Three Gnossiennes"
                         Carey Blyton: "Shoal of Fishes"
                         Deborah Henson-Conant: "Baroque Flamenco"
                         Improvisation on "David of the White Rock"
                         (David Owen: "Dafydd y Garreg Wen")
                         Alphonse Hasselmans: "La Source"
                         Tickets: £15 (student £7.50)
                         Box Office: Exeter TIC 01392 665885
                         St Peter's Music Society Website

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

South West Youth Orchestra Residential Week in Cheltenham Sunday-Thursday 16-20 August 2015 Deadline for applications to SWMS Friday 10 April New Press Release from Projects & Office Manager Lucy Hather

South West Youth Orchestra is returning for 2015!

Join the orchestra for exceptionally talented young musicians aged 13-21 years in the South West.

South West Youth Orchestra (SWYO) is a regional orchestra for talented young musicians run by South West Music School in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Rising Talent programme.

Rehearse and perform challenging repertoire alongside a team of world-class orchestral professionals under the direction of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's engaging and talented Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, Frank Zielhorst.

If you are Grade 8 and above (or hold a recognised equivalent level 3 or 4 instrumental qualification) on an orchestral instrument and live in the South West, then this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Dates: Sunday August 16th - Thursday 20th August 2015

Location: Dean Close School, Cheltenham

Deadline for applications: Friday 10th April 2015

Fees: £350 residential, £270 non-residential
(bursaries are available to help cover the cost of the course)

 Interested in applying?!

For all enquiries or further info requests, please contact Lucy Hather

telephone: 01174 057235

South West Music School
Old Market Studios
68 Old Market Street

Monday, 23 March 2015

Counterpoint Choir Buckfast Abbey 20 June 2015 Official Poster - with some ammendments

A concert to celebrate Counterpoint’s unique
connection with Buckfast Abbey since 1987

With Special Guest - James Bowman

To include:
     Pierre Attaignant: Tourdion (1530)         
    Anton Bruckner: Os justi (1879)          
                 William Byrd: Ne irascaris (1589)            
        Sir Edward Elgar: Lux aeterna 1899)           
                          Orlando Gibbons: Drop, drop slow tears (1623)            
                             Heinrich Isaac: Virgo prudentissima (1507)             
                              Alonso Lobo: Versa est in luctum (1598)             
              Antonio Lotti: Crucifixus (1738)            
Edward Woodall Naylor: Vox dicentis (1911)           
                        Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Circumdederunt me dolores (1660)             
Robert Lucas de Pearsall: Tu es Petrus (1854)             
            Henry Purcell: I was glad (1685)           
  Sergei Rachmaninov: Ave Maria (1915)            
              John Derek Sanders: The Reproaches (1993)              
              Sir John Tavener: Funeral Ikos (1981)                


Saturday, 20th June 2015 - 7.30pm
Free Admission

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Earworms welcome Exeter Railway Band to the Northcott Theatre Sunday 15 March 2015

Exeter Railway Band

We are delighted (and very excited) to announce that our next concert on Sunday March 15th will be given by the Exeter Railway Band, the concert will be at the Northcott Theatre starting at 2:00pm and, as it's Mothers' Day, there will be some yummy offerings for all mums, very kindly provided by the lovely Emma's Bread at The Real Food Store.

The band was founded on 15th October 1944 by a group of railway workers who formed a sub-section of the Southern Railway Recreation Club. This club lent them £100 to purchase a set of instruments and the first official rehearsal was held on 12th January 1945 and from that date, rehearsals have been held nearly every Tuesday evening, only allowing for occasional concerts on that evening.

The founding name of the band was "Exeter & District Southern Railway Band" but when the railways were nationalised in 1948, the band changed its name to British Rail (Western Region) Band. Subsequently, with changes of regional control, it was decided to use the title Exeter British Rail Band.

Although the band has been self-supporting from the start, it had been very fortunate to have the use of a rehearsal room on Tuesday evenings at Exeter Central Station. This facility continued by courtesy of the Railtrack contractors, Amey Railways, until 1997 when they were asked to vacate the Conference Room.

Storage space for music, spare instruments and jackets is still provided in an adjoining room. Subsequent moves have been to British Red Cross HQ in Butts Road and in 2003 to John Stocker School (now called Bowhill Primary School) where the Band currently holds rehearsals.

The railway logo, consisting of two parallel lines with embedded arrows, is immediately recognisable on road signs and maps denoting railway stations and was previously used by British Rail. Use of this logo is now controlled by the Government's Department of Transport so the band enlisted the help of local Member of Parliament, Ben Bradshaw, who wrote to the Secretary of State, Gavin Strang, to obtain the necessary permission. This was immediately forthcoming by means of a letter from Glenda Jackson, the then Transport Minister.

The band members chose the name "City of Exeter Railway Band" and decided to include the castle motif from the city coat of arms. Councillor Chester Long was most helpful and the permission plus the official copy of the crest were obtained.

Regular concerts have been held in the summer and at Christmas for the last 27 years. The annual Mayoral Christmas Concert in the Exeter Cathedral featuring the band, the Police Choir and various school choirs has been given for the last 18 years, the first at short notice as the Royal Marine Band had to go overseas.

Helena Paish
We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year,Helena Paish, will be joining us and The City Of Exeter Railway Band in a special concert for Mother’s Day this Sunday 15th March 2pm at The Northcott Theatre.

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year,Helena Paish, will be joining us and The City Of Exeter Railway Band in a special concert for Mother’s Day this Sunday 15th March 2pm at The Northcott Theatre.

As usual the concert will be presented by Earworms' host Mervyn Bedford.

Melvyn Bedford
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Sunday 15 March 2pm
Host: Mervyn Bedford
City of Exeter Railway Band
Young Chorister of the Year: Helena Paish
Free cake from Emma's Bread at the Real Food Store
Tickets: £4.50 (child £3 U2 FREE)
Box Office: Exeter Northcott 01392 493493
Exeter Tickets Dix's Field: 01392 665885

Press Release from Margi Jervoise: Royal Albert Memorial Museum announce New Concert Series sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management


Rathbone Investment Management is sponsoring the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Development Trust's fourth series of classical concerts at the museum in April, May and June 2015.

Following the successful concert series held over the past three years, RAMM’s Development Trust has organised another series of classical concerts.

The series will start on Wednesday 22nd April with internationally acclaimed pianist, Melvyn Tan, playing Chopin, Schuman and Liszt.

On Wednesday 20th May, violinist, Soh-Yon Kim and pianist, Maksim Stsura will be playing Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms and Sarasate.

To close the season, The Solem Quartet, winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble competition, will be playing Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn on Wednesday 17th June.

Sarah Tobey, Regional Director, Rathbones Exeter commented,

We are delighted to be supporting RAMM Development Trust for the third year with their excellent programme of classical concerts. It is amazing to be able to attract world class musicans to such a central location in Exeter where the audience can enjoy an intimate experience surrounded by wonderful art.”

All concerts commence at 7.30pm. Museum doors open at 6.30pm. Drinks are available prior to concert and during the interval. Tickets cost £18 (concessions £16) each or Season tickets costs £50 (concessions £44).

Advance booking is essential.

To book tickets, please telephone RAMM’s reception on 01392 265858

RAMM Spring Concert Series
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Melvyn Tam
Wednesday 22 April 6.30 for 7.30pm
Robert Schumann: Carnival in Vienna 1839
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No 2 in F 1839
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No 1 in B♭ 11832
Frédéric Chopin: Fantasie Impromptu in C♯minor 1834
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor 1854
Tickets: £18 (all 3 concerts £50)
Box Office: 01392 265858
(Presecco/fruit juice at reception: £2)

Maksim Stsura
RAMM Spring Concert Series
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Wednesday 20 May 6.30 for 7.30pm
Claude Debussy: Sonata in G minor 1917
Ludwig van Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata (No 9) 1803
Johannes Brahms: Meistersinger Sonata (No 2) 1886
Pablo de Sarasate: Introduction to Carmen Fantasy 1882
Tickets: £18 (all 3 concerts £50)
Box Office: 01392 265858
(Presecco/fruit juice at reception: £2)

Solem Quartet
Catherine Landen, Michael Jones
Alistair Vennart, Stephanie Tress
RAMM Spring Concert Series
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Wednesday 17 June 6.30 for 7.30pm
Josef Haydn: Sun Quartet (Op 20) 1772
Ludwig van Beethoven: Harp Quartet (No 10) 1809
Felix Mendelssohn: Requiem to Fanny (No 6) 1847
Tickets: £18 (all 3 concerts £50)
Box Office: 01392 265858
(Presecco/fruit juice at reception: £2)