Thursday, 19 October 2017

EMG Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal for Golden Anniversary Concert (Fri 3 Nov) St Peter's School Thursday 19 October 2017 Coversations with the Conductors - Phonic FM 2pm Friday 20 October



Leo Geyer
conducts EMG Symphony Orchestra - "Preciso"
Leader: Clare Smith
Leo Geyer
conducts Elgar
"The Enigma Variations"
Alfie Pugh
an extensive percussion set-up
for "Exeter Cityscapes"
Alfie Pugh, Laura Hobbs, Tom Clemo
Ali Board
Tympani - "Enigma Variations"
Trumpets
John Bowden, Myles Taylor, Brian Moore (Principal)
The comical pink attire has a serious intent
- solidarity with Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Isobelle Woolcott 
Double Basses
French Horns
Mary Saunders, Trevor Ives,
Beth Osment, Sally Maya
Second Violins
Ellen Stratton, Anna Davis
A couple of 'Exeters'
(see Douglas Adams "The Meaning of Liff")
Tom Clemo

 REHEARSAL 5th OCTOBER

Susan Sherratt
Harp
Robert Stevenson - Alto Flute
Double Basses
Sarah Dean
Saxophone Solo - "Cityscapes"
Peter Dawson
Contrabassoon

Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts Autumn Series 12.30pm Wednesdays 4 October to 6 December 2017

Glenorchy
United Reformed Church
Exeter Road, Exmouth
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David Davies

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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 4 October 12.30pm
ORGAN & PIANO RECITAL
Organ & Piano: David Davies
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Wood Farm Wind Quintet
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 11 October 12.30pm
WOOD FARM WIND QUINTET
Flute: Robert Stevenson
Oboe: Andrew Marlies
Clarinet: Chris Gradwell
French Horn: Trevor Ives
Bassoon: Peter Dawson
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Jilly Cooper, Nicholas Brown
& Iain McDonald

Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 18 October 12.30pm
PIANO, SONGS & POETRY
Piano: Nicholas Brown
Baritone: Iain McDonald
Poetry: Jilly Cooper
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Le Jazz Duo
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 25 October 12.30pm
"LE JAZZ" DUO
Clarinets/Saxophones: Chris Gradwell
Guitar: Andrew Barrett
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Annabel Rooney
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 1 November 12.30pm
'CELLO & PIANO RECITAL
'Cello: Annabel Rooney
Piano: Josephine Pickering
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Beacon Piano Trio
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 8 November 12.30pm
BEACON PIANO TRIO
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Violin: Anna Cockroft
'Cello: Ruth Lass
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Josephine Pickering
& David Lee
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 15 November 12.30pm
BARITONE & FOUR HANDS
Piano: David Lee, Josephine Pickering
Baritone: Mark Hansford
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Phil Bonser
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 22 November 12.30pm
CLARINET & PIANO RECITAL
Clarinet: Phil Bonser
Piano: Dorothy Raven
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Joyce Clarke
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 29 November 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Josephing Pickering
& David Lee
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 6 December 12.30pm
PIANO DUETS RECITAL
Piano: David Lee & Josephine Pickering
Admission FREE . Retiring Collection
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

EMG Symphony Orchestra 50th Anniversary Concert Exeter Cathedral Friday 3 November 2017 Press Release from Ellen Stratton

EMG Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Friday 3 November 7.30pm
(Photography: Nigel Cheffers-Heard)

On Friday 3rd November join EMG SymphonyOrchestra and Music Director Leo Geyer at Exeter Cathedral for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary celebratory concert, generously supported by Exeter City Council and Exeter Business Improvement District.  This promises to be a fabulous evening which is not to be missed!

This concert of English music opens with Sir Arnold Bax’s stormy tone poem "Tintagel", followed by the premiere of "Exeter Cityscapes", a symphonic suite by local composer Alfie Pugh, which has been specially commissioned to celebrate EMG’s 50th anniversary

Alfie Pugh, an Exeter-based freelance musician, has won multiple awards for composition including the Charities Philharmonia Young Composers Competition 2011, and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London’s Composition Competition 2014.  He has enjoyed success working on the preservation of the music of Barry Gray, whose soundtrack to Thunderbirds was recently rerecorded from scores partly prepared by Alfie, and went to number one in the Japanese classical charts.


For the second half of the concert the orchestra is joined by the EMG Singers under the baton of Associate Conductor Tony Hindley for Sir Hubert Parry’s "I Was Glad". 

The concert concludes with Sir Edward Elgar’s "Enigma Variations", re-imagined for chorus and orchestra by EMG Musical Director Leo Geyer, and featuring soloists Heloise West and Michael Graham



Leo Geyer
(Photography: 
Nigel Cheffers-Heard)
After completing the initially titled "Variations on an Original Theme", Elgar resolved to add the title ‘Enigma’, suggesting that there is an enigmatic secret hidden in the piece. During his lifetime he hinted at some clues to solve the implied puzzle, and though various solutions were proposed, Elgar accepted none and took the secret to the grave. Drawing on the commonly held belief that the opening phrase of the theme mirrors the rhythm of Elgar’s name, Leo’s re-imagining presents Elgar himself as the ‘Enigma’, an ideal artistic genius, personified in the text of Arthur OShaughnessy’s "Ode", (the text Elgar used in his choral work "The Music Makers"). To complete the Enigma Variations puzzle, the chorus act as the missing piece, singing the Ode to represent Elgar himself.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, part of the national Dementia Action Alliance network, which seeks to empower people living with dementia and their families, raise awareness of dementia and is working towards making Exeter a dementia-friendly city.

Tickets: £16, £13, £11 and £9 (student/U16 £5 for non-premium seats)
Available at the Cathedral Reception Desk (Main Entrance) on the night
Advance Booking: Exeter Tourist Information, Dix’s Field, Exeter, 01392 665885
                                                               (9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Saturday)
Online Booking: TicketSource 




Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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

The Howie & The Rookie
(Midge Mullin & Si Cook)
Two Dublin namesakes
with a shocking tale to tell

Rosie and Midge Mullin's "Substance & Shadow" Theatre Company move in a new direction this week. Following on from the slapstick humour and political intrigues of "Brexit Club" earlier this year, they now move on to something decidedly darker.

"Howie the Rookie" (Mark O'Rowe, for his mother Patricia, 1999), in the hands of Rosie and Midge, with new collaborator Si Cook, is a masterpiece of minimalism. The stage is devoid of all props, save a box to sit on. The music (composed by Si and Finn Cook) is a simple and ominous pulse, commanding attention without fanfare. The sound and lighting are controlled by Samantha Taylor with deft discretion, barely disturbing the action on stage. Over all, Rosie Mullin's direction insists on a single track of thought without deviation or distraction.

Our two main protagonists, Howie Lee and Rookie Lee (unrelated), never meet on stage (except for their curtain call - see above). Instead, each describes how the other features in their own life, in remarkably intense soliloquy. At first their lives seem hardly to intersect, but an apparently trivial act of revenge leads to a much closer relationship resulting from two other, quite separate tragedies.

Midge, as The Howie Lee, begins the tale, building the catalogue of memories deliberately like the laying of so many bricks. No observation is omitted, however sordid. Every bodily function is recalled in vivid detail. The events he relates seem almost inconsequential, concentrating mainly on his unsatisfactory relationships with women (including the unforgettable 'Avalanche', who we meet only in his descriptions). The odd revenge exacted on his namesake, The Rookie Lee, seems almost coincidental, as do the cameo appearances of Flan Dingle & 'Ginger Boy' cruising the streets in their green van.

Despite their apparent simplicity, Howie's recollections suddenly take a shocking and grievous turn, leaving the audience stunned. As Midge leaves the stage you could hear a pin drop. Sundry extraneous sounds from the foyer fail to register. The interval passes in a daze.

Now Si, as The Rookie Lee, takes up the tale. The vengeance of Howie and his gang is dismissed lightly. Rookie seems unsure what prompted it, and equally unconcerned. He has much more serious worries on his mind. Almost comically accrued debts put him in mortal danger from another, so far unmentioned character. Suddenly Howie reappears in a new rôle, along with Avalanche and her brother 'Peaches', not to mention Flan & Ginger Boy. All draw together to participate in gruelling final act of this daemonic drama.

If Howie's closing revelations were stunning, the culmination of Rookie's tale is devastating. This is a play not to be taken lightly. Both actors are totally focussed and are the focus of attention for a full ninety minutes. Their revelations hit the audience like a series of storm surges, leaving no time for recovery before each successive assault on the senses.

"Brace for impact."

"Howie the Rookie" will be showing in the Clifford Room at the Barnfield Theatre on two more nights this week - Wednesday & Friday at 8pm. More performances at other venues must surely follow.



'Substance & Shadow' Theatre Company
Clifford Room, Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Tues/Weds/Fri 10/11/13 October 8pm
(NO performance on Thursday!)
"HOWIE THE ROOKIE" (1999)
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 BookingTicketSolve

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Two Moors Festival Tiverton Dulverton Simonsbath Exeter Widdecombe Chagford Ashburton Okehampton Torrington Bideford Dunster Tiverton Friday 13 October - Saturday 21 October 2017

John & Penny Adie
Founders of the Two Moors Festival

Many thanks to Penny Adie for joining the "Classical Journey" programme on Phonic FM last Friday (22 September) to discuss the Two Moors Festival and the artists who are coming to Dartmoor and Exmoor to entertain us from Friday 13 October to Saturday 21 October.


On this week's programme (Friday 6 October 2-4pm) Penny's Public Relations Officer, Fleur Chaffé, will join the programme at 2.10pm or so - to discuss the festival schedule in more detail.

An overview of the concerts in the line-up is shown below. In each case there is a link to a page on the Festival Website which gives further details on performers, programme and prices - and provides a means to book tickets online.

Tickets also from: 'Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets' (EVIT) in Dix's Field.
Telephone: 01392 665885  Mon-Wed & Fri 9-4.30 Thu & Sat 9-4 (closed 12.30-1.15)

The Two Moors Festival continues the work started by Penny and John Adie in 2001. John Adie is remembered through the John Adie Memorial Appeal (The Imagine Appeal) which supports young musicians in education and professional development, encourages community participation in music, commissions new compositions, and promotes live music for new audiences.


FRIDAY/SATURDAY 13th/14th
Tiverton & Dulverton

TIMOTHY WEST
St Paul's Church Tiverton
Friday 13 October 9.30pm
Casanova's Conquest
Handel/Mozart/Bellini in English
KALEIDOSCOPE
Tiverton Parkway Ticket Office
Saturday 14 October 11.45am
Saxophone Quartet Concert
BARRY DOUGLAS
All Saints Church Dulverton
Saturday 14 October 7.30pm
Piano Recital

SUNDAY 15th
Culbone & Dulverton

ANDREY LEBEDEV
St Beuno's Church Culbone
Sunday 15 October 11am
Matins - with Classical Guitar
(V Rev Dr Jonathan Draper)
DAME FELICITY LOTT
Brushford Church Dulverton
Sunday 15 October 11am-3.30pm
Strauss 4 Last Songs Workshop
(plus Artist Benedict Rubbra)
ENDELLION STRING QUARTET
All Saints' Church Dulverton
Sunday 15 October 7.30pm
Haydn, Beethoven, & Brahms
(Piano: Barry Douglas)

MONDAY 16th
Simonsbath & Exeter


Iosef Purits & Andrey Lebedev
St Luke's Church Simonsbath
Monday 16 October 11am
Accordion/Guitar Rectial
(Bach/Piazzolla/de Falla/de Lucia)
Rachel Thomas
St Luke's Church Simonsbath
Monday 16 October
 2.30pm
Exmoor Society Talk
(Exmoor Society Chairman)
City of Birmingham Symphony
Exeter Cathedral
Monday 16 October 7pm
Mozart/Beethoven IV/Brahms I
(Michael Seal/Pavel Kolesnikov)

TUESDAY 17th
Widdecombe & Chagford


Owen Gunnell & Oliver Cox
St Pancras Church Widdecombe
Tuesday 17 October 11am
O Duo Percussion
(Marimba Duets)
Sally Sedgman
St Pancras Church Widdecombe
Tuesday 17 October 2.30pm
Image & Improvisation
(Danny Holmes-Adams/O Duo)
Heath String Quartet
St Michael's Church Chagford
Tuesday 17 October 7.30pm
Haydn/Tippett/Mendelssohn
(plus Bach Cantatas)

WEDNESDAY 18th
Ashburton

Nick Pritchard & Jâms Coleman
St Lawrence Chapel Ashburton
Wednesday 18 October 11am
("Die Schöne Müllerin")
Henry Neill & Jâms Coleman
St Lawrence Chapel Ashburton
Wednesday 18 October 2pm
Schubert Song Cycle II
("Winterreise")
Nicholas MoggJâms Coleman
St Lawrence Chapel Ashburton
Wednesday 18 October 4.30pm
Schubert Song Cycle III
("Schwanengesang")

Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments
St Andrew's Church Ashburton
Wednesday 18 October 7.30pm
SOUND HOUSE

THURSDAY 19th
Okehampton

Helen & Harvey Davies
All Saints Church Okehampton
Thursday 19 October 11am
The Davies Duo I
("Classically Formed")
Burney/Haydn/Clementi/Mozart
Helen & Harvey Davies
All Saints Church Okehampton
Thursday 19 October 1pm
The Davies Duo II
("Romantic Arrangements")
Czerny/Hummel/Schubert
Helen & Harvey Davies
All Saints Church Okehampton
Thursday 19 October 3pm
The Davies Duo III
("20th & 21st Centuries")
Hindemith/Berkeley/Leighton
Hoddinott/Lefanu

Tasmin Little & Andrey Gugnin
All Saints Church Okehampton
Thursday 19 October 7.30pm
Violin & Piano Recital
(Brahms/Pärt/Prokoviev/Beethoven)
Supper to Follow: £10


FRIDAY 20th
Torrington & Bideford

Tasmin Little
(Piano: Andrey Gugnin
'Cello: Michael Petrov
Clarinet: Jordan Black)
Plough Arts Centre Torrington
Friday 20 October 11am-5pm
OPEN REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCES
Debussy: Sonatas & Rhapsody
Messiaen: "Quartet for the End of Time"
Alec & Emily Baldwin
(Dance: Jesus Olmedo)
Sax: Mark Lockheart  Violin: Chris Garrick
Guitar: Phil Robson  Percussion: Demi Garcia-Sabat
Bideford College Hall
Friday 20 October 7.30pm
"SPANISH ACCENTS"
Dizzy Gillespie / Paco de Lucia
Chick Corea / Vicente Amigo

SATURDAY 21st
Dunster & Tiverton

Soprano: Matilda Wale
French Horn: Ellen O'Brian
'Cello: Joseph Pritchard
Violin: Poppy Freya McGhee

St George's Church Dunster
Saturday 21 October 11am
Soprano: Matilda Wale
French Horn: Ellen O'Brian
'Cello: Joseph Pritchard
Violin: Poppy Freya McGhee

Piano Accompanist: Alison Farr





Violin: Joel Munday
'Cello: Hannah McFarlane


St George's Church Dunster
Saturday 21 October 2.30pm
Violin: Joel Munday
'Cello: Hannah McFarlane

Piano: Alison Farr





Devon Wildlife Trust
St George's Church Hall
Tiverton
Saturday 21 October 5pm
DWT TALK
(Harry Barton CEO)
"CREATION"
St Paul's Church Tiverton
Saturday 21 October 7.30pm
North Devon Sinfonia
Director: Emma Kent
Two Moors Festival Chorus
Chorus Master: Colin Howard
Soprano: Gemma Summerfield
Tenor: John Porter Baritone: Tim Nelson