Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Stay Tuned for the Marimba playing of Edward Scull (on air Tuesday in concert next Friday 15 April)

Exeter Cathedral School Alumnus: Percussionist, Edward Scull

Many thanks for all the positive comments from listeners about the local artists featured on yesterday's programme.  A pleasure shared is double the pleasure!

Many thanks to accordionist Romano Viazzani (recent visitor from the 'Smoke'), baritone Gareth Keene and pianist John Scarfe (and sound recordist Rev Michael Partridge), pianist Joyce Clarke, pianist (and composer) Andrew Daldorph and clarinettist Chris Gradwell's 'Le Jazz' quartet (and sound recordist Mike Gluyas), and 'Music on the Edge' (clarinettist Chris Caldwell and flautist Susie Hodder-Williams) - all of whom provided original recordings for the show.  It was an absolute delight to listen to them all.

Thanks also for the requests and suggestions from listeners - Ann Draisey for 'Herr unser Herrscher', Mairead NicRath for Brandenburg Concerto No 5, Iseabail NicLeòid for 'Una Giga de Corelli', Tim for 'Tabula Rasa' and Sheila for 'Soarin' High'.  It's a great thrill to be introduced to such wonderful music, and share it with other listeners.

There was, sadly, one disappointment.  In all the excitement I failed to leave enough time for the most exciting piece of all.  In anticipation of his appearance at St Peter's Church, Shaldon, next Friday, local percussionist Edward Scull had provided a recording of himself playing Alexej Gerassinez' 2010 marimba composition 'Eravie'.  It was terribly disappointing not to hear this beautiful piece, which would have been the jewel in the crown.

Disappointed?  Join the programme next Tuesday at 10am to hear not only the marimba playing of Edward Scull, but also to hear the man himself telling us about the concert in Shaldon next Friday, where he will be performing with the Exeter Chamber Choir - under the very capable direction of none other than Andrew Daldorph!  Edward will also be bringing more of his recordings for us to enjoy.

For the best local artists and music, stay tuned to your local community radio station - Phonic FM!

Jump to Phonic FM listing with audio playout of 'Eravie'

Edward Scull: Marimba
The Helen Foundation
5th Anniversary Concert
St Peter's Church Shaldon
Friday 15 April 7.30pm
Romance of the Marimba
Marimba: Edward Scull
Exeter Chamber Choir: Andrew Daldorph
Monteverdi, Lauridsen, Gorecki, Daldorph
Tickets: £10 Box: 01626 872308


We have a special treat for you! Shaldon-based young percussionist Edward Scull is currently a student at The Royal College of Music, London where he has made outstanding progress. He recently won the prestigious RCM Concerto Competition which resulted in being invited to be the solo performer at the 26 January RCM recital to be broadcast later by BBC 3 as part of a Holst season.

Among the percussion instruments, Ed's favourite is the marimba and he has offered a concert of romantic music for the Foundation as our 5th anniversary concert on Friday 15 April 2011. Ed will be supported by the prize-winning Exeter Chamber Choir, containing leading Devon-based singers. In 2009, the Choir won the PRS for Music's "Unforgettable Choir" title for its performance of Andrew Dandorph's modern oratorio Songs of Hope and Creation. The concert takes place in St Peter's Church, Shaldon where our first ever benefit evening took place in 2006. 

For early advanced booking, send an email with your requests to:contact@thehelenfoundation


Edward Scull was born in Sussex in 1989, and moved with his family to Devon when he was 10 years old. Having attended Exeter, and then Wells Cathedral School, he is currently at the Royal College of Music in London where he was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study Percussion.
Edward has played in both the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Wind Ensemble, and is now a member of both the RCM Sinfonietta and Symphony Orchestra.
Edward enjoys session work as well as many solo and orchestral engagements, not just in London and Devon, but also recently in South and central Ireland, the Czech Republic and Italy. He specializes in tuned Percussion and Timpani, and has interests in most forms of live music performance, not just classical, but also Drum kit in which he plays Funk, Jazz and Drum and Bass.
This year, Edward won the Royal College of Music Concerto competition, and will be performing Ruby by Joe Duddell with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sian Edwards in January 2011. 
Edward is available for session work and Orchestral engagements. He also performs private and public recitals on the Marimba, as well as bespoke music for weddings.

Edward Scull dip ATCL Dist.

Contact for further information on 01 626 873323 / 07747453801 or email


The Helen Foundation was launched in January 2006 as a living memorial to Helen Elizabeth Kirk , age 24, who tragically died after a road accident on 26th December 2005. - " a new arts based charity to support and motivate young people in all branches of the arts in Teignbridge, South Devon. School awards, work shops, bursaries - just go for it, and dare to dream !
Plans are well underway for the special 5th anniversary concert event in St Peter's Church, Shaldon on 15 April featuring outstanding young percussionist Edward Scull on marimba and the Exeter Chamber Choir, as described in more detail in the "January 2011 Newsround" article.

We have invited radio and television to cover the event as they did in 2006. Tickets (priced at £10 each) are available from the Shaldon Post Office, Bradley's Estate Agent or by sending an email with your request to:

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