Monday, 3 October 2011

'Nonclassical' Modern Music Exeter Bikeshed Theatre Sunday 2 October

At last the 'Nonclassical' record label comes to Exeter with at least two (if not more) concerts of the very best in avant-garde music from the UK, and particularly Devon.

The first concert was organised and introduced by Rebecca Willson. Rebecca is a first class honours graduate in music, having trained in Devon at Dartington College. She teaches violin and piano, and gives recitals to promote exciting new compositions. She is currently working with Gabriel Prokofiev on his 'Joined Up Thinking Projects' which among other things provide teaching at Dartington.

Rebecca gave a piano recital at Exeter Central Library on 14th March this year. Mike Gluyas was there to record her playing and we heard her performance of Somei Satoh's 'Incarnation II' on the 'Classical Journey' last Tuesday.
(details of the concert)

Rebecca Willson introduces 'Nonclassical'
and plays viola

Rebecca is joined by violinists Julian Ashwin and Michael Brailey
for Arvo Pärt's 'Summa' and Gabriel Prokofiev's 'String Quartet I'
Along with sister Hannah Willson, 'cello

A new line-up for Philip Glass' String Quartet II, 'Company'
Michael Brailey is joined by Fiona McLean on violin
Rebecca Willson viola, Melanie Lester double bass,
Hannah Willson and Suzannah Stevenson 'cellos

Michael Brailey leads the full ensemble in his own composition
'Prokingrass' which was played by the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms

Violinist Emma Welton explains James Tenny's 1977 composition
for solo violin 'Koan'

and begins to play

creeping slowly and inexorably up a microtonal scale
An incredible sound!

Star guest - violinist and composer Michael Brailey
also takes charge of the sound system to play recorded tracks
The next 'Nonclassical' concert will be at the Bikeshed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter at 7.30pm on Sunday 11th December. Rebecca Willson will be playing modern piano pieces, and Ruth Avis will be playing flute.

Bikeshed Theatre Exeter
Sunday 11 December 7.30pm
Piano: Rebecca Willson
Flute: Ruth Avis
Admission: £3

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