Monday, 14 March 2011

Classical Journey Tuesday 15 March

Soprano Mary O'Shea
attending a recent recital by John Scarfe (q.v.)
(when he was accompanying clarinettist Sally Kirby)
This Tuesday's show will be very special.  After a couple of postponements, we will finally hear the wonderful soprano Mary O'Shea singing live in the Phonic FM studio with live accompaniment.
Who better to provide the piano accompaniment than Phonic FM veteran, John Scarfe, who has previously accompanied baritone Gareth Keene (q.v.) and clarinettist Sally Kirby (q.v.) in the studio.
Mary is well known to 'Classical Journey' listeners.  She was the very first live performer on the programme, having previously given a live performance of her own compositions on Martin Hodge's 'Roots and Shoots' programme on Phonic FM on Monday evening 16th August 2010 (q.v.).
In the first week of October last year Mary provided a whole show on her own, 90 minutes of live baroque, classical and romantic music (accompanied by backing tracks from and several of her own compositions (q.v.).  The very first song she sang on the 'Classical Journey' was 'Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera' by Antonio Vivaldi which, coincidentally, will be performed this Wednesday (16 March) in Exeter Cathedral Chapter House by soprano Siona Stockel with the 'Passamezzo' ensemble (details below).  Mary has also co-hosted a 'Classical Journey' programme by telephone from Somerset (9th November 2010), where she talked knowledgeably about music she could not hear.  (Phonic FM transmission does not reach beyond Exeter, and, on that particular day, Mary had no internet access to listen to our live streaming of the broadcast.)
Mary also performs regularly with the St Peter's Singers at Exeter Cathedral, most recently in the Exeter Bach Society's performance of Bach's Cantata 22 at one of the regular Cathedral 'Bach Cantata' services (q.v.).  We are quite hopeful that we will hear Mary sing the solo soprano part in the 'Service of Music for Palm Sunday' on Sunday 17th April (5pm) as part of the series of services for Easter at Exeter Cathedral.
This morning Mary and John will join us in the studio at 11am to perform no less than ten beautiful baroque, classical and romantic pieces:

1.   Alessandro SCARLATTI:          "Già il sole dal Gange"
2.   Johann Sebastian BACH:            "Bist du bei mir"
3.   Johann SCHOP:                         "Jesu, Joy of Men's Desiring"
4.   Vladimir VAVILOV:                  "Ave Maria"
5.   Thomas ARNE:                          "O come, O come, my dearest"
6.   George Frederic HANDEL:        "Where e'er you walk"
7.   Gabriel FAURÉ:                         "Pie Jesu"
8.    Franz SCHUBERT:                   "Ständchen" (Serenade)
9.   Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART:  "Vedrai Carino"
10. Wolfgand Amadeus MOZART:  "Voi che Sapete"

The first hour, from 10-11am will be time for recorded music:

Johann Sebastian BACH: Mass in B minor, Sanctus: Taverner Consort & Players
George Frederic HANDEL: Where e'er you walk: Mark Padmore, Tenor
Luigi BOCCHERINI: 'Cello Concerto in B Opus 34, Adagio: Josef Vondra, Camerata Romana

Niccolo PAGANINI: Moto Perpetuo: Romano Viazzani, Accordion
Carl ORFF: Fortune Empress of the World: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Harold NOBLE: Chartres Cathedral: Joyce Clarke, Piano

Andrew DALDORPH: Turnround: Andrew Daldorph, Piano; Chris Gradwell, Clarinet

Concert photos for the past week:

Piatti Quartet at Exeter Northcott Theatre

Rebecca Willson
in the Music Room

Concerts to come

Jill Govier (Piano) 
Glenorchy United Reformed Church Exmouth Wednesday 16 March 12.30pm

Admission Free

Exeter Singers Concert in aid of the St Stephen's Project
St Mary Arches Church Exeter Wednesday 16 march 7.30pm
Old & New, Sacred & Secular
Director: Tony Yeates
Organist: Matthew Wright
Poetry: Jenny Lloyd
Admission £7.50 (incl. food and wine)

¬ Organist Matthew Wright

Antonio Vivaldi
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Wednesday 16th March 7.30pm
Soprano: Siona Stockel
Baroque Violin: Julie Hill
Baroque 'Cello: Clare Garton-Sprenger
Harpsichord: Andrew Daldorph
If Music be the Food of Love
(Chapter House Concert Series)
Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera
Handel: Violin Sonata in F
Music by Bach, Songs by Purcell
Tickets: £12 (Student £6) Cathedral Shop 271354

The Garden Opera Company
Blundell's School  Tiverton Thursday 17 March 7.30pm
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata
Tickets: £20 (groups of 8+ £18 each)
Box: 01884 232401

Exeter School Choral Society
Exeter Cathedral
Thursday 17 March 7.30pm
Mozart: Requiem
Goodall: Eternal Light
Tickets: £7-15 (Child half price)
Box: 258712

Wells Cathedral School Wind Ensemble
Dartington Great Hall Friday 18 March 7.30pm
Mike Mower: Dectet (world première)
Martin Ellerby: Divertimento
Guy Woolfenden: Serenade for Sofia
Antonin Dvořák: Serenade
Tickets: £13 (concessions £12) Student £5
Box: 01803 847070

Newton Abbot District Society of Arts (nadsa)
Stover School Newton Abbot Friday 18 March 7.30pm
Vanessa Latarche: Piano
J. S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Preludes and Fugues
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso Opus 14
Chopin: Variations Brillantes Opus 12
Schumann: Waldscenen (Woodland Scenes)
Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor Opus 35
Tickets: £14 Box: Opus Classical (Guildhall Exeter) 214044

Exeter Recorded Concert Society
Exeter Central Library Music Room Saturday 19 March 1.30pm
Dennis Hewlett Voices of Spring
Admission Free

Clarinet Choir and Peninsular Clarinet Choir
Maynard School Exeter Saturday 19 March 3pm

¬ Maynard School

Voces Renaissance Choral Music
Buckfast Abbey Saturday 19 March 7.30pm

Music for Tenebrae: Responsories and Lamentations
Admission Free (Retiring Collection)
01626 369622

¬ Buckfast Abbey

English Touring Opera
Northcott Theatre Exeter Tue-Sat 22-26 March

Tuesday 7pm: Tobias Picker's 'Fantastic Mr Fox'
Wed&Sat 7.30pn: Mozart, 'La Clemenza di Tito'
Thu&Fri 7.30pm: Puccini, 'Il Tabarro' & 'Gianni Schicchi'

Tickets: £17-£30 (concessions 1/2 price) Box: 493493

Jenny Carter plays flute with
the EU Symphony Orchestra
Exeter University Symphony Orchestra
Mint Methodist Church Exeter
Wednesday 23 March 7.30pm
Easter Concert
Debussy: 'Prelude de l'apres-midi d'un faune'
Saint Saëns: Piano Concert No 2 (with a special guest soloist)
Dvořák: Symphony No 7
Ticket details to follow ( or email )

Lympstone Entertainments
Lympstone Village Hall Friday 25 March y.30pm
Caruso and the Quake
Very timely, following the devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan,
this musical drama by the Prodigal Theatre Company follows
The escape from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake by Italian tenor
Enrico Caruso, played by Ignacio Jarquin
Tickets: £8  Box: 01395 263928
or Lympstone Post Office

St John's Church Bridgetown Totnes
Friday 25 March 7.30pm
The Pressenda Ensemble
(Malcolm Latchem & Brenda Willoughby, violin)
Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor Opus 6 No 10
Telemann: Violin Concerto in G
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Telemann: Concerto for 4 violins in G
Purcell: Pavanne and Chaconne
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Opus 34 No 14
Piazzolla: Winter & Summer in Buenos Aires
Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) Child/Student free
Box: Divertimento 01803 863168

Coffee and Music
Church of St John the Baptist Broadclyst Saturday 26 March 10.30am
Rebecca Smith Mezzo Soprano
John Scarfe Piano
Elgar: Sea Pictures
Britten: A Charm of Lullabies
Admission Free
Retiring collection in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund

Exeter Festival Chorus
Exeter Cathedral Saturday 26 March 7.30pm
Music for Awhile (Margaret Faultless)
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Tickets: £12-22
Box: Exeter Phoenix 432309

¬ Leader, Margaret Faultless

Exeter University Choral Society
Northcott Theatre Exeter Monday 28 March 7.30pm
'Take Orff' (an introduction to the Carmina Burana)
100-strong choir
Director: Marion Wood
Tickets: £8 (Concessions £5) Box: 493493
(The full 'Carmena Burana' will be performed
at the Northcott Theatre
by The Exeter University Choral Society
and Scholars Ensemble
on Wed&Thur 15&16 June 7.30pm
details here )

Exeter Bach Society
St David's Church Exeter Saturday 2 April 7.30pm
J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor
Conductor: Nicholas Marshall
Leader: Anna Cockroft
Soprano: Raphaela Papadakis
Mezzo Soprano: Cátia Moreso
(follow this link to hear Cátia sing Bach's Magnificat)
Tenor: Clement Hetherington
Bass: Ben McAteer
(all soloists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Tickets: £15 unreserved (concessions £11)
Exeter Phoenix: 667080
Opus Classical (Exeter Guildhall): 214044
Roger Churchward (Front of House): 468867

Do you know about any other concerts near Exeter, not mentioned here?

Feel free to add mention them in the comments box below!

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