Friday, 24 March 2017

East Devon Choral Society St John Passion Tiverton Baptist Church Saturday 25 March 2017

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
Orchestra Leader: Fiona McLean-Buchel
Evangelist: Josh Cooter
Soprano: Bethany Partridge
Alto: Helen Charlston
Tenor: Guy Withers
Bass: Tim Mirfin
Jesus: Julian Sutton
Pilate: Matthew Cann 
Tickets: £10 (child £4)
Tiverton Tourist Info: 01884 230878
Further Details: 01884 253494

Billy Bottle & The Multiple "The Other Place" Barnfield Theatre Sunday 2 April 2017

Billy Bottle & The Multiple
Lee Fletcher, Martine Waltier, Billy Bottle, Vivien Goodwin-Darke, Roz Harding

Billy Bottle & The Multiple
Clifford Room Exeter Barnfield
Sunday 2 April 7pm
THE OTHER PLACE
Pre-Recording Warm-Up Gig
                          Voice, Guitar, Keyboards, Singing Bowl: Billy Bottle    
                                             Voice, Violin, Guitar, Xylophone: Martine Waltier    
                                                  Voice, Flute, Recorder, Xylophone: Vivien Goodwin-Darke    
            Alto Sax, Xylosax, Recorder, Bongos, Shaky Egg: Roz Harding    
Synthesiser, Soundscapes, Bodhran, Xylophone, Thermos: Lee Fletcher    
Tickets: £12 (advance £10 MU/NUS £6/5)
Box Office: 271808 (10-4 Mon-Fri 10-2 Sat)
Online BookingTicketSolve

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

An-Ting Chang Piano Recital "The Carnival of the Animals" Glenorchy United Reformed Church Exmouth Wednesday 22 March 2017

An-Ting Chang

An-Ting Chang's advance programme for today's lunchtime concert at Glenorchy (previous post on this blog) attracted unprecedented interest. "The Carnival of the Animals" was clearly going to be a tour de force of animal-themed excellence not to be missed.


Les Jeux D'eaux À La Villa D'Est
Listeners to Soundart Radio last Friday morning heard an extract from An-Ting's "Sonata Movements" concerts (Mozart Piano Sonata III) and music from An-Ting's album of piano works "Water Image" (Franz Liszt's "Les Jeux D'eaux À La Villa D'Este"), plus an interview with An-Ting herself, back in 2014, when she presented her collaboration with Russell Bender "Classical Collision" at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter (Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" versus Maurice Ravel's "Rite of Spring" 1 May 2014).


Classical Collision 2014
An-Ting is just completing her PhD in Performance Practice at the Royal Academy of Music. ("Classical Collision" was just a side-line!) As an undergraduate she studied Chemistry and Drama at National Taiwan University. "Classical Collision" was a brilliant combination of drama and music, as was the follow-up Arts Council funded project "Kiss of the Earth". An-Ting also excels at solo performance, as we were soon to discover.

Jill Govier
David Lee, organiser of the Lunchtime Concert series at Glenorchy Church, was there for An-Ting's rehearsal on the Venables grand piano this morning, and was immediately impressed by An-Ting's virtuoso playing. Jill Govier, who played duets with David at last week's concert, was in the front row to hear this new sound, and the hall was soon packed with an expectant audience of music lovers.


An-Ting Chang
The recital was planned and executed with military precision. In just forty five minutes An-Ting deftly presented animals that fly, animals that swim, and highly entertaining pet cats and dogs, with time left for her own arrangement of Camille Saint-Saëns' "Le Carnival Des Animaux". The explanations before each set were clear and engaging, and drew attention to the special features of each piece (which An-Ting had perfected).


Louis-Claude Daquin
The first flying animal was baroque French composer Louis-Claude Daquin's "Cuckoo" from the early eighteenth century. Immediately the very special skills of today's visitor became apparent. The simple motif of the cuckoo's call was deftly interwoven with spectacularly complex embellishment. In a moment the mood changed with the first of two romantic pieces from the late nineteenth century.


Enrique Granados Campiña
"Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor", composed by Enrique Granados, and inspired by a painting by Francisco Goya, introduces a gentle interaction between a young woman and a nightingale. We had been warned, however, that all is not as tranquil as it seems. Off stage, jealous lovers fight to the death for the maiden's affection. The combination of horror, tragedy and beauty were simply and skilfully conveyed, creating a magical atmosphere.


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The more fantastical tale of Prince Gvidon being transformed into a flying insect to join his father on his ship at sea, is the most familiar scene from Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Tsar Saltan", having been performed by virtuoso instrumentalists on nearly every instrument. Sergei Rachmaninov's definitive piano version, offered another chance to witness An-Ting's phenomenal dexterity and energy as her incredibly flexible fingers flew over the keys. Too short, of course, - but absolutely delightful.


Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert's "Trout" has gained a popular image of pastoral tranquility, but Schubert's original song is, like Granados' "Nightingale", a somewhat darker tale. The poor trout is played on a fisherman's line, and ultimately dies an agonising death. Franz Liszt bowdlerised the story in his piano transcription - but Schubert's original intentions can still be heard. The competing impressions in An-Ting's performance once again created something quite unexpected.


Poissons d'Or
Claude Debussy's "Poissons d'Or" is often, and quite naturally, misinterpreted as a musical description of goldfish. An-Ting even obtained an aquarium of goldfish as inspiration for her performance. However, she was soon reminded that goldfish are 'poissons rouges' in French. Debussy was referring instead to the two rather stylised golden coy carp depicted in a Japanese lacquer-work painting in his study, and "Poissons d'Or" was the third of his "Images" (bells, moon, fish) composed for pianist Ricardo Viñes.


Claude Debussy
An-Ting's muscular representation of the vigorous carp was framed by the gentle oscillation of water weed and fins that Debussy had in mind.


Frédéric Chopin
More familiar pieces with a less familiar inspiration followed. Two waltzes by Frédéric Chopin were inspired by the pets of Aurore Dupin (better known as author George Sand). The first was the 'Little Dog Waltz' also known as the 'Minute Waltz' (minute as in miniature) which was composed at Aurore's suggestion, to represent her dog Marquis chasing his tail in the garden.

Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin
Aurore's cat Valdeck also features, in the 'Cat Waltz' inspired by the the cat's very natural inclination to try to get involved in whatever Frédéric was doing - particularly the fascinating activity of playing the piano.

The familiar Minute Waltz took on new life, with the complex trills taking second place to the playful antics of the little doggie. Valdeck was even more audible, dislodging the music, mewing piteously, and even running up and down the keyboard. Skilfully done - and such fun!


Aaron Copland
In a similar vein, Aaron Copland's "The Cat and the Mouse" was an immediate hit and taken up by Claude Debussy's publisher Jacques Durand when Aaron was only twenty years old. Twenty years later, Scott Bradley appropriated Aaron's style (along with others, notably George Gershwin) for his unforgettable scores to Fred Quimby's "Tom and Jerry" cartoons (actually the work of William Hanna & Joseph Barbera). Hanna and Barbera were so faithful to the original works that their animations immediately spring to mind when listening to the music. I'm sure Aaron approved.

William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
"Tom & Jerry" 1940
He would also have approved of An-Ting's take on this classic chase-scene on the keyboard. Every kind of suspense, surprise and pratfall is represented in music. An-Ting tells the story with all the excitement and energy Copland intended - right up to the final sound of scampering feet, indicating the mouse's final successful bid for freedom, we hope.

The 'main dish' of the recital was still to come, however.


Camille Saint-Saëns
Camille Saint-Saëns lived just long enough to have heard Copland's "Cat and Mouse" in 1920. Thirty four years earlier, for the amusement of his own students, he had composed his own animal-based bagatelle (when, by his own admission, he should have been concentrating on his Third Symphony). Never intended to be part of his recognised canon, "Le Carnaval des Animaux" was also published by Jacques Durand, two years after "The Cat and the Mouse", and is now Saint-Saëns' best known work. It is not clear whether he would have approved!

The original was composed for an informal ensemble of student musicians, including two pianists, a xylophonist and glass armonica player. Modern interpretations may involve a whole string section, but the armonica is often replaced by a glockenspiel.

Specially for today's concert, An-Ting had prepared her own solo piano arrangement of an abridged selection from the original fourteen movements, omitting the Kangaroos, the Characters with Long Ears, and - unexpectedly - the Pianists. This left a magnificent cavalcade of beasts, however.

The Lion, the Hens & Roosters and the Asses were fantastically full of life and used the dynamics of the Venables to its full potential. The Tortoises were something else altogether - slowly and lugubriously performing Jacques Offenbach's Can-Can, so slowly indeed that one has to listen carefully to hear the dance rhythm at all.


The Elephants are ponderous and LOUD, but also capable of gentleness, the kind of contrast which An-Ting exploits to its full potential. The Aquarium ripples with mysterious silence - in the form of sound. So gentle and so sweet, a lovely interlude. The woodwind scales were cleverly replaced by glissandi on the piano.

Then came a very mysterious sound, quite confusing as it was not listed on the programme, but soon the distinctive voice of the cuckoo made all clear - a bonus movement! The Cuckoo was followed by all the birds of the Aviary, and then the familiar melody of Saint-Saëns earlier composition "Danse Macabre" composed twelve years earlier - but now resurrected as the Fossils. In An-Ting's hands those relics were gloriously re-animated, if anything they were even more lively than the live animals in the other movements!


The gentle but equally energetic Swan led into a magnificent Finale. With an impressive eye for the dramatic, An-Ting built on the energy and excitement right up until the final crescendo, closing to a tumult of adulation and applause. In a scene rarely witnessed at Glenorchy, everyone was standing and showing their appreciation as An-Ting made her curtain call.

What a show. David and Jill were utterly thrilled by the piano virtuosity of the new performer, as were the entire audience.

The best news of all is that Mike Gluyas was there to record the whole concert, and An-Ting took part in a short recorded interview after the performance. We can hear those recordings soon on the "Classical Journey". The album "Water Image" was also available at the venue - and we'll be enjoying tracks from that too.


Kings Weston House
An-Ting's next project, now well under way, is a production of Anne Brontë's "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" in 'collision' with the music of Mozart, Brahms & Scriabin.

The run will visit a series of art galleries across the country - to
Kings Weston House
Music Room
add visual images to the combination of literature and classical music. The opening night is Wednesday 26 April at King's Weston House in Bristol, and there will be a second performance at the same venue the following night - before the show moves to London. (But it will be returning to Bath in May.)


An-Ting is very keen to perform in Devon again - anywhere that she can find a high quality grand piano. It won't be long before we get another chance to hear her wonderful music. Watch this space for details.





An-Ting Chang Concert Theatre
King's Weston House Bristol
Wednesday 26 April 7.30pm
Thursday 27 April 7.30pm
"THE TENANT"
Director: An-Ting Chang
Piano: Diana Brekalo
Scriptwriter: Jessica Macdonald
An-Ting Chang
Actors: Emily May Smith
              Martin Bonger
A stage adaptation of Anne Brontë's
"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"
for two actors accompanied by
Alexander Scriabin: 24 Preludes
W A Mozart: Sonata K. 378
Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody Op 79 No 2
Tickets: £12 (Concession £10)
Online Booking: Wednesday/Thursday

Thursday, 16 March 2017

An-Ting Chang "Carnival of the Animals" Glenorchy Church Exmouth Wednesday 22 March 2017 (full programme details)

An-Ting Chang (Pianist)

‘The Carnival of the Animals’

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)          Le Coucou (The Cuckoo)
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)      Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale) from ‘Goyescas’
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)    Flight of the Bumblebee
Franz Liszt-Franz Schubert              Die Forelle (The Trout), S.563
(1811-1886) (1797-1828)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)        Poisson d’or from ‘Image II
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)         Waltz, Op. 64, No. 1     
                                                           Waltz, Op. 34, No. 3
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)           The Cat and the Mouse
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)  Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)
Introduction and Royal March of the Lion - Hens and Roosters - Swift Animals - Tortoises - The Elephant - Aquarium - Aviary - Fossils - The Swan – Finale


An-Ting Chang (Pianist)

Notes
Daquin was a French prodigy who has performed harpsichord in front of Louis XIV at the age of six and conducted his own composition at the age of eight. Daquin was the best virtuoso improviser of his generation and invented the unique harpsichord technique in his published music. Le Coucou (The Cuckoo) is selected from his collection of harpsichord pieces. Daquin imitated the two-syllable sound of cuckoo as the theme and developed it in different keys and tones.
The Spanish composer, Granados, was inspired by Goya’s painting to compose the piano suite, Goyescas. Granados wrote, ‘I am enamoured with the psychology of Goya, with his palette, with him, with his muse the Duchess of Alba, with his quarrels with his models, his loves and flatteries.’ Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale) is the fourth movement of the suite in which the maiden sings mournfully to the nightingale. Granados used the melody of a folksong he heard in Valencia countryside for the maiden’s singing. The sound of nightingale is interwoven with her voice and the music is left with only nightingale’s sound towards the end.
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote Fight of the Bumblebee as an orchestral interlude in his opera The tale of Tsar Saltan in 1900. A magician, Swan-Bird, changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich into an insect so that the prince can fly away to visit his father. This composition is very often used as a solo showcase for the instrumental virtuosity. The fast semiquaver throughout the piece creates different sonority and great excitement and is a highly technique challenge for the instrumentalists. This piano transcription is arranged by Sergei Rachmaninov.
Die Forelle (The Trout) is originally a Lied (German song) composed by Schubert. Schubert set the melody to his famous quintet and Liszt transcribed it into a piano solo piece.  The lyrics of the Lied was from a poem by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart. The poem described a trout happily dashing in a clear little brook; however, eventually it was killed by the cold-blooded fisherman. The poet originally added a moral conclusion in the final stanza. Schubert obliterated it and changed the song’s focus to the pure narration of the scene. Fischer-Dieskau depicted the reason for the popularity of the piece that ‘the vividness of the imagery, with the alternate troubling and smoothing of the surface of the water along with the exuberance of the melody itself, account for the song's universal appeal.’
Poisson d’or (The Fish of Gold) is selected from Debussy’s Image, Book II. Debussy painted pictures with tones. He created distinct sonority with the fresh harmony and the spontaneous rhythm. The painter Maurice Denis expressed it this way: His music kindled strange resonances within us, awakened a need at the deepest level for a lyricism that only he could satisfy. What the Symbolist generation was searching for with such passion and anxiety – light, sonority, and colour, the expression of the soul, and the frisson of mystery – was realized by him unerringly.’ Debussy often went to a shop selling Chinese antique which he was mad about. It is said he was inspired by the two gold-coloured fish on a small Japanese lacquer panel which he bought there to compose Poisson d’or.
Chopin ‘s Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 is commonly known as the ‘Minute’ waltz or ‘Little Dog’ waltz. The name ‘Minute’ depicts the nature of the piece being short (not because it lasts only for a minute). It is believed that Chopin was inspired by seeing George Sand’s dog, Marquis, chasing its tail. Chopin seemed to adore the dog and mentioned it in the letter to his family, ‘The little dog Marquis is staying with me and is lying on my sofa. It is an extraordinary creature: it has a soft fluffy white coat which Madam Sand herself brushes every day, and it is as intelligent as can be. I can't begin to tell you all its original tricks.’ Not only for George Sand’s dog, Chopin also composed another waltz op. 34, no. 3 for her cat, Valdeck. Chopin called it a ‘Cat’ waltz. The cat jumps up to the keyboard opening the piece and, in the middle section, there are yearning long notes which imitate sound of cats.
Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up with very little music surroundings but eventually created his distinct music style. Composed when he was twenty, The Cat and the Mouse was Copland’s first published music. When Copland first presented the music to his composition teacher, Goldmark regretfully said that he had no criteria to judge such music. The famous publisher, Durand (Debussy’s main publisher), heard this piece in the graduation exercises and took the piece at once. Copland was inspired by The Old Cat and the Young Mouse in La Fountaine Fable in which a mouse begs to the cat with fair reasons but the cat still eats the mouse. The fable concludes, ‘Youth deludes itself into believing that it can obtain everything; Old age is merciless.’
Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) is the most popular work from the French composer, Saint-Saëns. The original score was written for two pianos, two violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute (and piccolo), clarinet (C and B), glass harmonica, and xylophone. Saint-Saëns composed the music for a private concert on the Shrove Tuesday and it was performed by the famous cellist, Charles Lebouc. Saint-Saëns quotes many famous tunes as musical allusion, including La Poule by Rameau (Hens and Roosters), Galop Infernal in operetta by Offenbach (Tortoises), Danse des sylphs by Berlious (The Elephant) and some nursery rhymes and song from The Barber of Seville by Rossini (Fossiles). In order to keep his reputation as a ‘serious’ composer, Saint-Saëns forbad the work to be published during his lifetime. The work was finally published in 1922, a year after Saint-Saëns’ death. This piano solo version is arranged by An-Ting Chang.
Pianist/ An-Ting Chang
Chang’s background is unique.  In 2007, she graduated from Taiwan’s top university, the National Taiwan University, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Drama Theatre.  She obtained an MMus (Piano) at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning a Maud Hornsby Award and in 2009 received a DAAD Scholarship- Stüdienstipendien für Ausländische Künstler for advanced study (Aufbaustudium) in piano performance at the Hochschule für Musik, Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany.  She is currently pursuing a PhD (performance practice) at the Royal Academy.
Chang regularly appears on the national and international concert circuit and has recently performed at Balcktheath Halls, Newbury Spring Festival, Deal Festival, Altenburg-Liszt Salon Weimar, and the Akademie der Künste Berlin (Academy of Arts). In addition to solo and chamber recitals, Chang is constantly seeking new and creative approaches to combine her concerts with different media.  Her creation of Concert Theatre was awarded grants from the Arts Council, Help Musicians, Elias Fawcett Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and was featured in 2012 by In Tune (BBC Radio 3), including an interview and live performance.
John Packwood (Bristol Post) described her as ‘a distinguished artiste’ and Martin Cullingford (Gramophone) noted that her Concert Theatre work was ‘beautiful and poignant’.  Her current Concert Theatre works include Sonata Movements (Royal Academy, RADA, Blue Elephant Theatre), Kiss of the Earth (UK Tour supported by Arts Council England) and The Tenant (in development, will be launched in Spring 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery 28 April, Kings Weston House 26-27 April and Holburne Museum Bath 25 May). 
Chang’s debut recording, ‘Water Image’, is available on site. The programme includes Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata, Ravel’s Jeux d’eau, Debussy’s Estampes and Chopin’s Barcarolle. You can also follow Chang’s concerts on her website: www.antingchang.com or write to her at antingchang@concerttheatre.org.uk.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Alex Wilson Romantic Russian Music with Cecilia Lamon & Iryna Ilnytska South Street Baptist Church Saturday 25 February Trio Exe with Carina Vince & Hilary Boxer Church of the Holy Cross Crediton Sunday 26 February 2017

Alex Wilson

Romantic Russian Music
Violin: Cecilia Griffiths-Lamon
Piano: Alex Wilson
Contralto: Iryna Ilnytska
On 25 and 26 February pianist Alex Wilson was in concert at South Street Baptist Church in Exeter and at the Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton with two completely different line-ups of supporting artists.

On Saturday night he was accompanying mezzo-soprano Iryna Ilnytska and violinist Cecilia Griffiths-Lamon (and playing some solo pieces) in a recital of Russian Romantic Music.

Cecilia's violin virtuosity was spectacular, and Iryna's indredibly deep and emotional voice was astounding. All the while Alex supported impressively on the grand piano in the background. Alex also played a selection of months from Tchaikovsky's 'Seasons' as delightful and captivating interludes.

The grand finale was a fabulous trio for voice, violin and piano, bringing together all the exciting elements of the preceding concert in one last burst of overwhelming excitement.

Many thanks to Alex, Cecilia and Iryna for all their hard work bringing these Russian classics to life - and to Iryna's friend Mila for her very informative introductions.




Trio Exe
Violin: Carina Vince  Piano: Alex West
'Cello: Hilary Boxer
The following afternoon Alex was joined by two more musicians, violinist Carina Vince and 'cellist Hilary Boxer.

Carina and Hilary opened with a beautiful duet, Johan Halvorsen's arrangement of Handel's Passacaglia, and Alex reprised one of the Tchaikovsky 'Seasons' ("February" naturally), before the trio embarked on their magnum opus - Brahms Piano Trio.

Forty minutes later, the audience were in no doubt that they were in the company of very experienced and accomplished musicians indeed.

After a short break, Alex accompanied Carina & Hilary in a couple of duets from Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' - and once again the concert ended with a rousing trio, "Bess You is my Woman Now". A splendid ending.

The three call themselves 'Trio Exe' and intend to get together for more concerts in the future.

In the immediate future, the Brahms Piano Trio concert will be repeated at St Disen's Church in Bradninch on Sunday 12 March at 3pm.

A golden opportunity not to be missed.




Alex Wilson


Trio Exe
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Sunday 12 March 3pm
BRAHMS PIANO TRIO
Piano: Alex Wilson
Violin: Carina Vince
'Cello: Hilary Boxer







Snowflakes Glide

Piotr IlyichTchaikovsky: "The Seaons", February, "Carnival"
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "None but the Lonely Heart"
Igor Stravinsky: Serenade in A, Hymne, Romanza, Rondoletto, Cadenza Finala
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "The Queen of Spades" Pauline's Aria
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "The Seasons", April, "Snowdrop"
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "Eugene Onegin" Olga's Aria

Igor Stravinsky: "Suite Italienne" (for violin & piano)
                           Introduzione
                           Serenata
                           Tarantella
                           Gavotta con due Varizioni
                           Scherzino
                           Minuetto - Finale
Alexander Dargomyzhsky: "I loved you" "Young Boy & Girl"
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "The Seasons", August, "Harvest"
Sergei Rachmaninov: "Lilacs"
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "The Seasons", November, "Troika"
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: "The Snow Maiden" Les's 3rd Song


Trio Exe

G F Handel/ Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "Seasons", February, "Carnival"
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major Opus 8

George Gershwin: "Porgy & Bess"
                             "It ain't necessarily so"
                             "Summertime"
                             "Bess you is my woman now"

Music at St Mary's Church Totnes Spring & Summer 2017

MUSIC AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH, TOTNES






Saturday 11 March from 10.00am
Children's music workshop
Organiser: Jan Dietz
Director: Stephen Tanner
See poster in church for further details












Isca Voices
Saturday 11 March 7.30pm
ISCA Voices
Former girl choristers of Exeter Cathedral Choir
directed by Stephen Tanner
a Miscellany of Choral Music Sacred
Classical, Folk and Popular Tunes
in Close Harmony
Tickets: £6 at the door


Saturday 18 March 7.30
Totnes Early Music Society
Dario Castello
The Brewery Band
(note that this duo replaces the group
advertised in the last monthly listing)
Morag Johnston (baroque violin)
Matthew Wadsworth (lute & theorbo)
Grace and Fire
An exciting programme steeped in both
the baroque and folk music traditions,
from the colourful and exciting sonatas
of Castello and Uccellini
to the grace and beauty
of·ground basses by
Purcell and Gibbon
Tickets: £12 (student/U18 £5) at the door
Dartington Box Office: 01803 847070
Online Booking: www.dartington.org


Charles Wood
Sunday 19 March: 6.30pm
Choral Evensong
Introit: Never weather beaten sail Wood
Responses: James
Hymn: 547 "Oft in danger, oft in woe"
Psalm 40
Mag & Nunc: Dyson in F
Anthem: Nolo mortem peccatoris
Anthem after the prayers:
A prayer of St Richard of Chichester
Hymn 15 "God that madest earth and heaven" 


Sunday 16 April (Easter Sunday) 6.30pm
Festive Choral Evensong
Further details to be announced


Veronika Shoot
Friday 21 April 7 for 7.30pm
Piano Recital by Veronika Shoot
This is a special recital exploring childhood
through music which will capture the imagination
of children and adults alike.
It will feature Veronika's exciting new project
for her recording for Ulysses Arts later this year.
Veronika Shoot was born in Russia (Moscow)
and moved to England aged 5
when her father was appointed
composer-in-residence at Dartington Hall.
Since her debut piano recital at the age of 7
in Dartington International Summer School,
Veronika's piano career has taken her
for worldwide performances and tours.
She has given concerts extensively
throughout the UK, and has performed
in the major London concert halls including
Debut age 7
The Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall.
Programme to include:
Schumann, Debussy, Shoot – and many more
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ £10;
or £12 on the door subject to availability
Under 16’s FREE
Dartington Box Office:01803 847070
Online Booking: Dartington Website
Totnes Bookshop
Kingsbridge Information Centre
Telephone: 01548 853195
Book early to avoid disappointment


Saturday 22 April 7.00pm
Devon Song Festival
Natalie Burch
with Natalie Burch and others
Songs by Schumann, Schubert,
Vaughan Williams and Barber.
Providing an annual weekend of song
in the beautiful surrounds of Devon,
the Devon Song Festival aims to invite
award-winning young singers to bring
fantastic song to new audiences.
Established in 2016 the festival programmes
concerts that feature well-known repertoire
whilst also exploring some
unjustly neglected gems
in dramatic and accessible programmes.
In a sell-out concert
at the stunning Aeolian Court
Robert & Clara
Schumann
last year's programme
"A Woman's Life in Love and Song"
featured excerpts from Schumann’s
‘Frauenliebe und Leben’
interspersed with some of
Brahms’ most beautiful songs,
a number of duets by the two composers,
and letters and poetry illuminating
the complicated relationship
between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara,
and her great admirer, Johannes Brahms.
This year we continue our journey
through Devon with a concert
at Totnes' beautiful St Mary's Church
for a programme featuring Schumann's
dramatic Spanisches Liederspiel
and songs by Barber, Schubert and Schumann.
More information: Natalie Burch Website
or buy tickets on the door


Friday 28 April all day
Dartington Arts Party in the Town
Dartington’s annual celebration
for the people of Totnes
to come together and experience
the strength of our community.
After a massively successful
Party in the Town in 2016,
Dartington is doing it again.
In 2017 they will reflect
on the past and look forward,
with a theme of ‘Revolution


Saturday 29 April 7.30pm
Conceptus VII
Totnes Early Music Society
Conceptus VII:
Belinda Paul (oboe & recorder)
Louise Strickland (recorder)
Dan Tidhar (harpsichord)
Sophie Willis (cello)
Et in Arcadia Ego
A programme of secular
solo cantatas and oboe sonatas
by Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti
Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Friderick Handel
Tickets £12 (student/U18 £5) at the door
Dartington Box Office: 01803 847070
Online Booking: Dartington Website

Helga Watts


Saturday 20 May 11am
Concert celebrating the life
of Helga Watts (Details to be confirmed)
We have an interesting programme
for May 20th with children
from the Totnes Harp School
then David Stanley accompanying
the Peruvian singer Claudia Álvarez Calderón
Elie Fruchter on his Jewish ancient clarinet
and (hopefully) a flamenco guitarist, Adam . . . 
BUT Adam too has become very popular.
As a young musician he has to take
every opportunity to perform elsewhere
and at present he is on another Cruise ship
doing very well indeed





Sunday 21 May all afternoon
JD concert/flower/music festival
Further details to be announced


Sirocco Saxophone Quartet


Saturday 27 May lunchtime
Sirocco Saxophone Quartet (JM)
Further details to be announced











Ogwell Village Choir
rehearse at The Jolly Sailor
Saturday 3 June 11-12am
Ogwell Village Choir
Directed by Judy Reeves
A Friends of St Marys coffee concert
Doors open at 10.30am
coffee & cakes available for sale
Entry £5 at the door







Brent Singers
Saturday 15 July 7.30pm
Brent Singers
Musical Director: Philip Arkwright
Secretary: Barbara Wintersgill
email: barwintersgill@gmail.com
Vice-Chair: Alastair Cuthbertson
Telephone: 01364 72190
Further Details: Brent Singers Website




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