Friday, 1 February 2019

Glenorchy United Reformed Church Exmouth Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts Spring 2019

Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
David Lee & Josephine Pickering
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Luc Walpot
Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 30 January 12.30pm
HARP RECITAL
Harp: Luc Walpot
Turlough O'Carolan: Constantine McGuire
Turlough O'Carolan: Captain O'Kane
G F Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Deborah Hanson-Conant: New Blues
Samuel O'Pratt: The Waterfall
Deborah Hanson-Conant: Baroque Flamenco
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Iryna Ilnytska
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 6 February 12.30pm
MEZZZO SOPRANO RECITAL
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
Piano: Polina Shifrina
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Tim Othen
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 13 February 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Tim Othen
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Lara Taylor Samantha Muir
Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 20 February 12.30pm
"CHORDEPHONIX"
Guitar: Samantha Muir
Guitar: Lara Taylor
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Ruth Pitts

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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 27 February 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Ruth Pitts
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Wood Farm Wind Quintet
Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 6 March 12.30pm
WOOD FARM WIND QUARTET
Flute: Robert Stevenson
Oboe: Andrew Marlies
Clarinet: Chris Gradwell
French Horn: Trevor Ives

Bassoon: Peter Dawson
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Beacon Piano Trio
Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 13 March 12.30pm
BEACON PIANO TRIO
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Violin: Anna Cockroft
'Cello: Ruth Lass
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Margaret Aagesen Hughes
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 20 March 12.30pm
SOPRANO RECITAL
Soprano: Margaret Aagesen Hughes
Piano: Andrew Wilson
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Dorothy Worthington
Dorothy Ferrier
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 27 March 12.30pm
MEZZO SOPRANO RECITAL
Mezzo Soprano: Dorothy Ferrier
Piano: Dorothy Worthington
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Joyce Clarke
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 3 April 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Annabel Rooney
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 10 April 12.30pm
'CELLO RECITAL
'Cello: Annabel Rooney
Piano: Josephine Pickering
Admission FREE retiring collection
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Stella Maris Trio
Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 17 April 12.30pm
STELLA MARIS TRIO
Piano: Sam Baker
Soprano: Victoria Armilotta
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
Admission FREE retiring collection
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An-Ting Chang
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Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 24 April 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: An-Ting Chang
Admission FREE retiring collection

Monday, 3 December 2018

Devon Music Projects & Live Interview featuring Fiona McLean Buechel - from 2013 to 2018

Fiona McLean Buechel

This is just a selection of the many projects and events featured on the 'Classical Journey' programmes over the years which involved the work of talented musician and educator, Fiona McLean Buechel. The headings link to the full articles - and a fascinating live discussion with Fiona (and daughter Katy) on Soundart Radio.


Fiona McLean-Buechel and South West Camerata
Classical Journey Tuesday 9 July 2013


Jonathan Schranz
& Jack Oades
Many of Fiona's former students are well known to us now for their successful work in music. Jonathan Schranz and Jack Oades, both former students of Fiona got together last December to give a 'Messiah' workshop at St Michael's Church in Exeter - Jonathan directed the music, while Jack provided piano accompaniment for the rehearsals. For the evening concert, Fiona took over from Jack - with South West Camerata. (See 'One Week': 3-10 Dec 2012)
For the evening performance of Handel's Messiah
Fiona McLean-Buechel leads South West Camerata














Classical Journey 10am Tuesday 11 February 2014



Musical Director of
Devon County Junior Choir
Rachel Smith
Conductor and Leader of
Joined Up Thinking Projects Music
(South West Camerata
Tutti & Cameratinis)
Fiona McLean Buechel


Later on Saturday (at 1.30pm) the Treasurer of Exeter Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Ian Morter, was in the Cathedral Quire to introduce three extraordinarily talented Devon youth ensembles, South West CamerataTutti, and Devon County Junior Choir.


For 900 years the voices of children have been heard in the Cathedral Choir. Now the voices of children were joined by the string playing of members of Fiona McLean Buechel's 'Joined Up Thinking Projects Music' - a Devon-wide scheme to teach young people to play in a string ensemble, and to lead and mentor others. In the 10 years that JUTP Music has been in operation, over 20 young people have gone on to study music and become professional musicians. Fiona's 'Emerging Music Leaders' programme has been honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society's Award for Education.

The opening music was the first movement of J S Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto VI" played by South West Camerata. Fiona McLean Buechel joined five other violinists and violists, but did not lead. The JUTP students were in control throughout. The four 'cellists (including Rosie Lester) created the compelling continuo, while the violin solos were played by students. The resulting sound was beautiful. Fiona plans for South West Camerata to prepare the whole concerto for future concerts.

Young double bass player, Katie Gibbings, introduced the next pieces played by Tutti - the intermediate level ensemble. They played "Black Jack" and "Take it from There" from PamelaWedgewood's "Jazzing About Suite".

Wedgewood's simple hypnotic rhythms allowed the larger group to build a sensational sound. Fiona took control more, but there were plenty of opportunities for the Tutti members to come to the fore. Katie herself joined the continuo with her double bass, alongside music teacher and double bass supremo, Melanie Lester.

Fiona is planning more concerts for the JUTP string orchestras, and Rachel will certainly be back in action with DCJC soon. After the resounding success of South West Camerata at theEdinburgh Festival last year (Vivaldi's "L'Inverno" at St Giles Cathedral) the sky is the limit!


Classical Journey Soundart Radio 21 December 2014 JUTP Music Fiona McLean Buechel & Katy - "Messiah"


Interview on Soundart Radio
A live interview with Luch Càise-Dearg on Soundart Radio discussing Fiona's many projects, including 'Joined Up Thinking Projects Music Devon' founded by Fiona in 2005 as a Summer Youth Programme - Alumni are now successful musicians and teachers. 

JUTP Rehearsals were being held at Totnes Progressive School, and Exeter School, for youth orchestras up to the level of South West Camerata - students were taken on who were as young as two-and-three-quarters years old.

Students were coming from Somerset and Cornwall, as well as Devon. Many received financial assistance. Classes were also available for adults. At JUTP rehearsals Fiona was supported by  assisitants of a very high calibre, and 'Emerging Music Leaders' selected from the existing students.

The radio programme includes extracts from a performance of Handel's "Messiah" by 32 members of South West Camerata, with Exeter University Chamber Choir directed by Michael Graham, including the Orchestra Overture, "Unto Us a Child is Born" and the "Hallelujah Chorus"  accompanied by South West Camerata. Fiona discusses the rehearsal process for that performance.

Fiona's daughter Katie discusses Arts Awards, and what work was involved for her - and the qualifications that can be achieved. JUTP Music Devon was an awards centre. Katy was studying double bass, and in the 'Tutti' orchestra 'on the cusp' of joining South West Camerata. There are also alumni playing in 'Concertante'.

Fiona discusses other projects including 'Earworms' for children at Exeter Northcott Theatre, and giving orchestral concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and collaborations with Aileen Douthwaite previously Director of West Dumbartonshire Council Music Services, then Relations Officer for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (now with Richmond upon Thames Music Trust), and Gabriel Prokofiev who founded Joined Up Thinking Projects Music. Other opportunities for students include vocal workshops for string players with professional singers.

A lovely afternoon conversation covering many topics, and giving an insight into the very creative work of Fiona McLean Buechel!


EAST DEVON CHORAL SOCIETY
Conductor: Andrew Daldorph


Orchestra Leader
Fiona McLean Buechel
The orchestra was led by Fiona McLean Buechel with an impressive line-up of first violins - Clare Smith (leader of the EMG Symphony Orchestra in Exeter), Julie Hill (regular violinist withDevon Baroque, and many of her own ensembles), plus Tina Bennet who started the evening with the violas.

Also playing viola in the first half was second violinist Exeter ‘Nonclassical’ & ‘Gypsy Jazz’ star,Rebecca Willson. The other seconds, Lyndsay Miller & Pippa Cotterill, were under Sandra Sutton.

Solo: “Serenade to Music”
Fiona McLean Buechel
After a break, the orchestra came to fore again in a very special performance of Ralph Vaughan
 Williams Serenade to Music. The orchestra leader, Fiona McLean Buechel, stood for an impressive solo performance

Oboe
Andrew Maries

Her impeccable playing was lovingly wrapped in the combined 
sound of voices, harp glissandi, and her own fabulous orchestra, including oboist Andrew Maries, who arrived during the interval - especially to take part.





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


East Devon Choral Society
& Orchestra Leader:
Fiona McLean-Buechel
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.

Leader & Conductor:
Fiona McLean-Buechel
Andrew Daldorph
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.

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.







East Devon Choral Society
Choir & Orchestra
Musical Director: Andrew Daldorph
Leader: Fiona McLean Buechel

Orchestra & Choir
Leader: Fiona McLean Buechel
The instrumentation was impeccable as always. Fiona McLean Buechel, who is now based in Bournemouth and working increasingly in London, was nevertheless with us - and playing with her trademark gusto and precision. A joy to watch. Her orchestra were equally impressive. The softer solos were accompanied by the delicious trio of Fiona's violin, Hilary Boxer's 'cello, and Colin Pettet's chamber organ, while the rousing choruses exploited the full power of the orchestra - with the addition of Brian Moore and Matt Frances playing trumpets, and Steve Douglas playing timpani.




Violins: Pippa CotterillFiona McLean Buechel
Sopranos: Lisa HellierSally DaldorphImogen Daldorph
Tenor: George Daldorph

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Clyst Valley Choral Society "Messiah" St Margaret's Church Topsham Saturday 17 November Holy Trinity Church Exmouth Sunday 18 November 2018

"Messiah"
Clyst Valley Choral Society
St Margaret's Topsham & Holy Trinity Exmouth
Saturday 17 November & Sunday 18 November
(Trumpet: Chris Gould)

Clyst Valley Choral Society celebrated their Fiftieth Anniversary in style last week with two performances of the baroque masterpiece "Messiah" by Georg Friderick Handel.

Paul Stock was conducting and, having celebrated his own Twentieth Anniversary as Musical Director, was sporting the turquoise cuff-links presented to him by the choir as a token of their appreciation.

The orchestra played magnificently and first vioilinist Chris Gould, as always, rose to the occasion by playing the trumpet parts as well. Swelling that sound were the powerful bass trombone and timpani of Ben Lund-Conlon. Organ accompaniment was provided by Mark Perry, who also opened the singing with the portentous words, "Comfort ye my People" and the resounding tenor aria, "Ev'ry Valley shall be Exhalted".

Other tenor recitatives and arias were taken on magnificently by Jason Bomford, including a beautiful countertenor version of "Behold a Virgin shall Conceive". Mark descended from the organ loft again the second half to perform "Thou Shalt Break Them" with great aplomb. Janet MacDonald shared the soprano solos with Karen Reed. Both were in excellent voice and added greatly to the joy of the whole evening.

It was an additional pleasure to see Myriam Prual back with the choir after a protracted illness. Maybe we will hear her singing solo parts again before long. In the softer passages it was lovely to hear flautist Marcus Carson, oboist Julia Hill. and clarinettist Phillip Bonser, gently supporting the choir and soloists.


Angela Blackwell led the orchestra in style with violinists Sally Bull and Chris Gould (when not playing clarion fanfares on his trumpet) and a new member of the orchestra, Kristina Pavic. Marion Kenworthy and Sue Stock provided viola and 'cello, and Sue was also in charge of announcements, which she dealt with very professionally.

This "Messiah" was an experience to remember. Engaging and inspiring from the first note to the final words, not to mention the spectacular "Hallelujah Chorus", this was the perfect way for the choir to celebrate half a century since their first forays into public performance, and over two hundred great works performed during that time. Congratulations to all involved (including Barbara Scales and Carolyn Keep for her work on publicity and catering) for a very special celebratory concert.

There is more to come, of course. on Thursday 20 December the Choral Society will be at Littlemead Methodist Church in Exmouth at 4pm for their Christmas Concert. The next major work will be Haydn's "Creation" which will be at the usual venues of St Margaret's and Holy Trinity on Saturday and Sunday 4 & 5 May 2019. Do contact Barbara Scales on 07950 021006 for details, if you would like to get involved!


Clyst Valley Choral Society
Musical Director: Paul Stock 

Clyst Valley Choral Society
Littlemead Methodist Church
Littlemead Road Exmouth
Thursday 20 December 4pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Musical Director: Paul Stock
Soprano: Janet Macdonald
Tickets: details TBC




Clyst Valley Choral Society
Musical Director: Paul Stock
Clyst Valley Choral Society
1 St Margaret's Church Topsham
   Saturday 4 May 7.30pm
2 Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
   Sunday 5 May 7.30pm
- - - "CREATION" - - -
Musical Director: Paul Stock
Soprano: Janet Macdonald
Tickets: Details TBC