Monday, 20 June 2011

Classical Journey Tuesday 21 June

Exeter University Director of Music
Marion Wood

On Tuesday morning Marion Wood, a regular guest and co-presenter on 'Classical Journey' will be edging into the presenter's chair in preparation for her stint as locum presenter in July.
As well as saying farewell to Luch Càise-Dearg (temporarily) we shall also be enjoying the music of the Piazzolla Duo one more time. Flautist Ruth Avis is not able to continue with Duo concerts as she concentrates on looking after her baby daughter. We will hear some of her playing, recorded live at St Stephen's Church last year. Guitarist Clive Betts will join us in the studio at 11am to discuss their slimmed cown plans for future music making, and we can hear him play the music of Beethoven, Satie, Villa-Lobos and Scott Joplin.
If possible the programme will finish with our old theme tune, 'Religion' composed by Philip Glass for Godfrey Reggio's 2002 documentary movie 'Naqoyqatsi' ('Life as War'). Those were the days!
The programme will start with baroque music as always - in particular the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Starting next Thursday (30 June) Devon Baroque will be performing their new programme 'Towards Bach' at four separate venues around Devon. (Scroll down the 'Concert Listings' - link to the right of this post - to see a repeat of the full details.) The Programme will be performed at St David's Church here in Exeter on Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm.
No performance at Dartington Great Hall this time. (The South West Music School are putting on their concerts there.) However, as the Totnes Early Music Society are patrons of Devon Baroque, there will be a special Sunday afternoon performance at St Mary's Church in Totnes - 3 July 3pm.
(Tickets for all concerts £18/student £5 from the Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, 01392 667080).
Other concerts in the area between now and Marion's first broadcast on 5 July include:
The Choir of St George's College Toronto at Buckfast Abbey
(Immediately after the 'Classical Journey' - 1.15pm. Free admission and parking. Must be worth a look!)
The Brodowski Quartet - Thursday evening at Crediton Parish Church £10
A weekend of jazz and gospel music at the Cathedral with Scott Stroman's 'Eclectic Voices' choir and 'Black Voices'. Two special services, a day workshop with 'Black Voices' on Saturday (£11) and a Concert on Saturday evening with 'Black Voices' singing a cappella gospel and 'Eclectic Voices' singing 'Jazz Psalms' commissioned for the 2010 'Three Choirs Festival' at Gloucester Cathedral (£12/£8). Finally a 'jazz mass' in the Cathedral on Sunday morning, 10am.
'The Great Outdoors', a recorded concert programme presented by Max Gaskell in the Exeter Central Library Music Room on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Ottery Chorale give a concert on Saturday evening at Ottery Parish Church (£6).
David Acres' 'Counterpoint Choir' will sing Duarte Lobo's 'Requiem' for James II - also on Saturday evening - at Buckfast Abbey (£10 - £8 in advance, and advance booking is advised!)
On Sunday classical guitarist Keith Hyett will come to the Exeter Fringe Festival at the 'Rusty Bike' at 9pm (£6)
Devon Baroque will be at St David's Church next Saturday (2 July) for the third of four performances of 'Towards Bach' with special guest soloist, bass Tristan Hambleton (£18/£5).
Exeter Festival Chorus will return to the Cathedral - also next Saturday - for a concert of modern choral masterpieces by Goodall, Gorecki, MacMillan and Tavener (£12-22).
Exeter School Music Department and Chamber Choir will be at St Peter's in Budleigh for music by Bach, Stravinsky and Haydn (£6).
Sadly for her, Tina Guthrie, for the second time in a fortnight, has picked the same night as several other (Saturday 2 July) to perform another choral work, Haydn's 'Creation' with the Crediton Community Choir at Crediton Parish Church. (Still no ticket details on that one, I'm afraid!)
Pianist James Keefe
Flautist Ruth Avis
And, to bring us full circle, Ruth Avis is giving a special concert with pianist James Keefe (see 'Songs for Flute and Piano' last October.) With her ever popular repertoire of Telemann, Bach, and modern composers - A Summer Serenade at Dawlish United Reformed Church, as part of the Dawlish Festival, Tuesday 5 July- after the next 'Classical Journey' (£5).
Soprano - and Dancer,
Mary O'Shea
And a special mention for another Phonic FM favourite. Mary O'Shea will sing soprano solos along with soprano Janet McDonald and others in this year's opera gala - 'Songs for Summer Nights' at Poltimore House, on the evening of Friday 8 July (£10).
Don't forget the next 'Coffee and Music' concert at Killerton Chapel - in the stately gardens of Killerton House on Saturday 9 July at 11am. What a venue! - and free admission!

Finally Bob Jevon's Exeter Symphony Orchestra will play Mussorgsky and Stravinsky at the United Reformed Church in Southernhay, Exeter, on the evening of Saturday 9 July (£10).
It will make Bob wild, but - at the same time - the Voces Renaissance Choir will be performing a concert of choral music by Thomas Luis de Victoria at Buckfast Abbey. This is the third of four concerts of Victoria's music this year (2011) to mark the 400th anniversary of his death in 1611. Admission and parking free!


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