Monday, 14 November 2011

The Return of Marion Wood - Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' in rehearsal for Cathedral Concert Thursday 24 November - Soloist Alexandra Dariescu!

Marion Wood Conducts the Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra
Kay House, Exeter University
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

In only ten days time the Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra returns to Exeter Cathedral to perform two glorious orchestral works. Marion Wood has been preparing the musicians for several weeks, rehearsing at St Peter's School in Exeter and also at Kay House on the University of Exeter Campus.

In addition to the amazing Marion Wood, another musical star will be returning to Exeter. Alexandra Dariescu was at this year's Budleigh Festival on 28th July thrilling the audience with Beethoven, Liszt, Wagner, Chopin - and Constantin Silvestri's 'Danse Bacchanale' (details). Alexandra will be the soloist in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Until she arrives, however, her place is taken by a very suitable understudy. Ukranian piano tutor Natallia Iuchanca brings just the energy and vivacity we shall expect from Alexandra when she arrives. One of Natallia's pupils, Andy Yu, also gets his chance to gain solo experience - playing the slower movements and even the opening chords of the Stravinsky.

The rehearsals are so much fun, there can be no question about the quality of the concert we're going to enjoy at the Cathedral on the 24th. As usual plenty of photos - with the professional help of EMG committee member and photographer, Nigel Cheffers-Heard.

Clare Smith leads
(sharing Clare's 'desk' - Jackie Baldwin)
Viola Fenny Gill
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

Viola Rachel Wieck
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

'Cello Christopher Holdsworth
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

'Cello Joanna Cartwright
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard
Double Basses play pizzicato
From the left: James Rintoul
Vivien Rivers (Phonic FM's 'St Davids Hillbillies' presenter)
David Gill & Isabelle Woollcott 

Marion conducts Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1
Soloist Natallia Iuchanka with student Andy Yu

Yvonne Ashby leads the 'cellos

Flutes and Oboes
Kate Osbourne, centre

Clarinets John Walthew and Richard de la Rue

Exeter Music Group Chairman John Welton plays bass clarinet
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

Bassoons Prue Tasman and Michael Vellinga

Trumpets Stuart Paul, Brian Moore, Tony Hindley, John Bowden, Emma Bettany

Piccolo Trumpet Stuart Paul

Trevor Ives leads the horns

Trombones Charles Dowell and Colin Parker

Tuba Jacqui Burden
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

. . . and very precise tympani playing: Christine Lewry
Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra
Exeter Cathedral
Thursday 24 November 7.30
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1
Piano Soloist: Alexandria Dariescu
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Conductor: Marion Wood
Leader: Clare Smith
Tickets: £15 - front 11 rows numbered
               £12 - rows 12-20 unreserved
                £10 - back row unreserved
                  £8 - side aisles unreserved
                    £5 - side aisle, NUS card or U18
                      Under 16 accompanied - FREE
Exeter Tourist Information Centre, Dix's Field
01392 665885 (9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Sat)
In person from Devon Strings Workshop
(10am-6pm Wed-Sat)
Credit Cards £1.50 extra
Possible tickets available on the door.

Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra in Exeter Cathedral
(Photography Nigel Cheffers Heard

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