Monday, 17 October 2011

Classical Journey Tuesday 18 October

The Two Moors Festival continues for the rest of this week. A great day out in Tiverton - The Vasari string quartet plays on a barge on the Tiverton canal, followed by David Davies organ recital at St Peter's - and in the evening Julian Lloyd Webber and the Orchestra of the Swan will be at Exeter Cathedral..

Friday at Ashburton is just as varied. The young musicians platform winners concert includes percussionist Molly Lopresti Richards' marimba recital. Then, following an afternoon masterclass with Harvey Davies, the Two Moors Ensemble play Spohr and Mahler - that Spohr nonette with be really something.

Other concerts continue as usual. The BSO will be at the new-look University Great Hall. (Only the outside has changed - inside the hall is still the great venue it always has been.)

The St Stephen's Project bring two great opera singers to St Mary Arches, while the Exeter Philharmonic Choir sing Handel's Messiah with Andrew Daldorph and David Davies at the Mint Methodist Church in Fore Street.

Next week there is big excitement as the Reading Phoenix Choir make a very special appearance at St Peter's in Tiverton. Dartington Great Hall hosts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The Beacon Piano Trio play Queens' College Taunton. Deborah Woods invites the Sulis Wind Trio for another magical early evening session of 'Music in the Art Room' in Topsham. Finally, to finish October off in style, 'Le Jazz' will give another of their sell-out concerts at Kennaway House in Sidmouth.

And the end of October means Halloween - and Louis Ravensfield and his Exeter Alternative Theatre have another run of 'Grand-Guignol' macabre plays at the Barnfield Theatre, ending on Halloween night.

Tuesday's 'Journey' will travel the centuries taking inspiration from all the wonderful music that has been going on in Exeter and Devon - and the music still to come!

1626    John Dowland                 Orlando Sleepeth
1700    Tomaso Albinoni             Trio Sonata
1836    Frederick Chopin            Ballade No 1
1874    Bedrich Smetana             Vltava
1888    Gilbert & Sullivan            I have a Song to Sing, O!
1893    Sergei Rachmaninov        A Dream
1899    Edward Elgar                  Lux Aeterna
1912    Frank Bridge                   Piano Quintet
1936    Heitor Villa-Lobos           Bachianas Brazileiras
1947    Benjamin Britten              Come you not from Newcastle?
1950    Pablo Cassals                  El Cant del Ocells
1963    Benjamin Britten              Nocturnal
1976    Benjamin Britten              I will give my Love an Apple
1991    Evelyn Glennie                 Light in Darkness
1992    John Tavener                   Last Sleep of the Virgin
2010    Phil Henry                       Snow Dove/Cuckoos Nest

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