Thursday, 30 June 2011

Exeter Chamber Choir perform Andrew Daldorph's 'Jazz of Life' at Beer Saturday 16 July


Summer Concert Series at Newton St Cyres continues with a repeat of Exeter Chamber Choir's 'Jazz of Life' Tuesday 19 July


The Parish Church of St. Cyr and St. Julitta
Newton St. Cyres

Summer Concert Series, 2011


Thursday 16thth June

Another evening with the Partridges
Accompanied by Andrew Daldorph

The Partridge sisters delighted the Newton St. Cyres audience with their vocal and instrumental recital in the 2009 Summer Series, and we are thrilled that Bethany and Ellie have agreed to return this year.  Bethany hopes to be joining her older sister as a Cambridge Choral Scholar in the autumn, so be sure to hear them whilst we can!


Tuesday 19th July

The Jazz of Life with Exeter Chamber Choir
Conducted and accompanied by Andrew Daldorph (piano)

Following its première in Beer on 16th July, Newton St. Cyres hosts the second performance of Andrew Daldorph’s latest composition ‘A Mass for Life’.  Full of jazz rhythms and joy, this piece is sure to be a hit with Newton concert-goers.  Also on the programme jazz and gospel by George Shearing and Tippett.

Always popular when they appear as part of our series, Exeter Chamber Choir continues to build its reputation as one of the foremost vocal ensembles in the region.  A concert not to be missed.


Friday 12th August

Annual Organ Recital
Andrew Daldorph

As is tradition, the Summer Series concludes with Andrew Daldorph’s annual organ recital, showing us what this gem of an instrument can do.  Always a great evening, with something for all musical tastes.


Tickets £5 for each concert, available on the door.
All concerts start at 7.30pm.

In aid of the Church Organ Fund

Monday, 27 June 2011

Exeter Alternative Theatre: The Marquis de Sade Doug Wright's play "Quills" at the Barnfield Theatre Wednesday - Friday 20th - 22nd July

 


This Year:
Doug Wright's
'Quills'
20-22 July
Barnfield Theatre





Last year's
Halloween production by
Exeter Alternative Theatre

Four one-act plays
from the Grand Guignol



Louis Ravenfield's Topsham based 'Exeter Alternative Theatre' amazed us all last Halloween with their 'Théâtre du Grand-Guignol' at Exeter's Barnfield Theatre. Their four short plays explored the darker side of human nature and experience. 'The Voluptuous Atrocity' by Georges Neveux and Max Maurey was perhaps the most disturbing. The lead character 'Diana' (played by Chloe Whittaker) sadistically murders her husband 'Monsieur de Sombreuse' (Louis Ravensfield) by mesmerism (which, in 1897, people may have imagined could work!) Meanwhile his attentive nurse (Sarah White) tried desperately to keep him alive.


Director and Co-Director
Sarah White and Chloe Whittaker



Louis, the founder of Exeter Alternative Theatre, is now planning an even more 'sadistic' production. Doug Wright's 1990 play 'Quills' or 'La Plume et Le Sang' ('Pen and Blood'!), which charts the final days of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade in the Charenton Asylum in Saint-Maurice where he was confined from 1801 to 1814. Sarah White and Chloe Whittaker will be in charge of the production as Director and Co-Director.
Louis is very keen to involve a wider community in theatre and extend the repertoire by putting on rarely produced plays. 'Quills' reflects this. Doug Wright intended the play as a response to the withdrawal of National Endowment for the Arts grants from four productions by the Conservative government just before the end of Margaret Thatcher's time as Prime Minister of the UK. Wright felt that de Sade suffered similar opposition to his own 'extreme' work.
 



Sarah White and Chloe Whittaker
supervise Midge Mullin
as he gets fully into
the character of de Sade
Louis will be playing the part of the Asylum's Chief Physician, Dr Antoine Athanase Royer-Collard. He counters the humanitarian attempts at rehabilitation by the asylum's director, the Abbé François Simonet de Coulmier, with demands for harsher punishments and deterrents, especially for their most notorious inmate - the Marquis de Sade. Royer-Collard demands payment from de Sade's wife Renee Pelagie to tighten security around the Marquis. Despite this, de Sade still manages to have his writings smuggled out of the hospital, adding to her shame.


Meanwhile the 'Lunatic Chorus' gathers
Sorrel Meechan far right
Royer-Collard makes a lot of money in return for his services to the patients and their relatives. (In the period before 1828, relatives could pay to commit a difficult spouse or family member to the care of a physician like Royer-Collard without any need for certification that the patient suffered from any kind of mental health problems!) Royer-Collard needed the money too - in order to lavish every luxury on his wife, in the hope that he might convince her to remain faithful to him.


(De Sade died in 1814 and Royer-Collard died about ten years later. Royer-Collard was replaced by Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol. In 1845, after Esquirol had also died, the hospital was rebuilt by Émile Gilbert and renamed 'L'Hôpital Esquirol' - the name by which it is still known today.)

And relax!
Chloe Whittaker reviews the performance
De Sade will be played by Midge Mullin, who was M. Ernest de Merliot in René Berton's 'Tics' or 'Doing the Deed' ('Apres Coup') at last years 'Grand Guignol'.  Midge's character suffered from a particularly outrageous 'tic'. (You had to be there!) Abbé de Coulmier is played by a new member of the company, Mike Gilpin.
In the spirit of Exeter Alternative Theatre, Louis has also introduced new characters into the play creating a new parts for local actors. In a change from the original, Mme. Royer-Collard makes an appearance, for example She will be played by prospective drama student Sorrel Meechan from Exton, who begins studies with the Cygnet Theatre Company this autumn.  Louis also creates non-speaking parts. For example, this production involves a 'Greek chorus' of 'lunatics' who punctuate the action with sound and dance. Another opportunity for Sorrel Meechan to shine. 


Photograph of Dr Stephen Knapper
Dr Stephen Knapper
Performing and
Screen Studies
Kingston University
London
Doug Wright
Author of 'Quills'
The company have been rehearsing since April in the Malthouse of Topsham's Globe Hotel. (Entering into the community spirit, proprietor's Liz and Dave Hodges make no charge!) Director Sarah White graduated in drama at Kingston University London, where she was trained by Dr Stephen Knapper. She has since joined other students to form the theatre company 'Knapper Experience' performing at Edinburgh and other 'fringe' festivals. Her directing debut was Jimmy Chinn's 1994 'Something to Remember You By', a play about a man driven to write - somewhat like de Sade in Doug Wright's 'Quills'.


For anyone interested in joining Exeter Alternative Theatre and/or acting in their next 'Grand Guignol' - Louis has sent in the press release below - many thanks Louis!

Auditions
We are also currently auditioning for our second Halloween production of 'Grand Guignol'.
Le Theatre Grand-Guignol in Paris, opening in 1897, thrilled, titillated, shocked and horrified audiences for 65 years. It is now revered as one f the world's great forgotten theatres. Following our successful 'Grand-Guignol' production last year we are bringing three more gems to the Barnfield Theatre stage in October. We operate an 'open door' policy and welcome people from all walks of life who have the passion and enthusiasm for theatre and doing something a bit different to the norm.
Louis Ravensfield
Producer & Creative Director
Exeter Alternative Theatre

Contacts:

telephone: 07941 692495

To let us find out more about 'Quills - Pen and Blood' Louis Ravensfield has also provided the more detailed press release and photographs in the post below:

Exeter Alternative Theatre Company Press Release

  
The Marquis de Sade arrives in Exeter!

Exeter Alternative Theatre is fast building a reputation for putting on the most provocative theatre in Devon.

This summer’s production brings back to life the infamous Marquis de Sade (the man who brought the modern world the term ‘sadism’) in a brutal tale of moral, sexual, and religious conflict.

A feast for the eyes and ears, Quills, by Doug Wright, combines imaginative lighting, stunning period costume and exceptional performances from the lead to the lunatics, to depict a disturbing account of the inner workings of the human mind, once again following EAT’s mission to push the boundaries of conventional theatre and bring Exeter something a little different to the norm.

The Marquis de Sade; described as ‘more talked about than read’, love him or loathe him it is impossible to deny his achievements and the controversy that followed him throughout his entire life. An aristocrat, revolutionary, politician and writer, Sade was most famous for his Libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His is best known for his erotic works, which combine philosophical discourse with graphic depictions of extreme sexual fantasy. Even today, almost two hundred years after his death, the Marquis continues to divide scholars and critics, inciting debate over the morality of his published works.

For almost 27 years Sade was incarcerated in various prisons, and ultimately an insane asylum, where most of his works were written. However, his real crimes were few and his imprisonment was less for what he had done than for what he represented. During the French Revolution many of Sade’s writings were lost or destroyed and it was not until 1983 that HM Customs allowed works by Sade, previously unavailable in the UK, to be imported.

Set in 1807, Quills re-imagines the last years of the Marquis de Sade’s incarceration in the Charenton insane asylum.

The young clergyman who presides over the asylum permits the Marquis access to paper and quill, believing Sade's writing to be therapeutic. Confined to his lavish cell the Marquis pens some of his most outrageous works in the name of rehabilitation until a new doctor is appointed to the asylum, whose methods of correction are more akin to the torturous devices to be found within the Marquis' novels.

Notes for editors
For interviews or quotes, contact Creative Director’s Louis Ravensfield on: 07941 692495 or Emma Ravensfield on 07977 588167 or email: info@EATtheatre.co.uk

Audience: Ages 18+ recommended
Price: £10 (adults)
Date: Wednesday 20 July - Friday 22 July
Time: 7.30 - 10pm
Venue: Exeter Barnfield Theatre

Press passes available upon request

Press photographs courtesy of Topsham photographer Nigel Cheffers-Heard:


Louis Ravensfield as Dr Royer-Collard
Mike Gilpin as Abbe de Coulmier
 

Midge Mullin as the Marquis
Vicky Jones as Madeleine Leclerc


The Lunatics
(L to R - Back) Chloe Norris, Sorrel Meechan, Lizi Bennett
(L to R - Front) Ben Rodwell, Rachel Milne, Rosie Mullin

Nigel Cheffers-Heard
Photography and Design
Bridge Inn
Topsham
EXETER  EX3 0QQ
telephone: 01392 875857
mobile: 0771 261 4514

Saturday, 25 June 2011

'Pluck!' Exeter Northcott Theatre Saturday 25 June



Classical music and comedy fans were given a double treat on Saturday night when 'incompetent' string trio, 'Pluck!', came to the Northcott to share their hilarious, and highly talented, performance 'Musical Arson' with us all.

After several changes of line up the current cast is made up of Kit Massey (violin), Brooke Day (viola) and Flora Allison ('cello). Each vies with the other two for attention, entering into endlessly changing alliances in their attempts to outwit each other.

The opening number, Leroy Anderson's 'Plink, Plank, Plunk!', was a subtle and silly piece played entirely in pizzicato and returning over and again to those three big notes. Kit tries to be 'director of music' as Flora and Brooke do their best to ignore or undermine his posturing.

With Brooke as his willing but incompetent assistant, Kit gave a series of 'lectures' about the acoustic equipment of the twentieth century. Offenbach on a Victor HP180 gramophone, McCartney's 'Eleanor Rigby' on Lear eight-track and Pachelbel's 'Canon and Gigue' on 'Walkman'. In a masterpiece of timing, the sounds were produced backstage by Brooke and Flora (including glitches and track changes). Every 'recording' turned out to be a rather special arrangement for violin and 'cello!

Also included in the first half were two helpings of Vivaldi's 'L'Inverno' - the second ending with Flora losing it and giving Brooke the most extreme 'wedgie' imaginable, Rossini's 'Overture to William Tell' on miniature violin, and Mozart's 'Rondo Alla Turca' at breakneck speed, until smoke issues from Kit's violin.

After the interval the anarchy continued. Strauss's 'Blue Danube' was played as 'musical chairs' - ending with all three performers balanced precariously on one chair. Flora's superb version of Little Willie John's 'Fever' was subverted by Kit taking over her 'cello fingerboard and changing the key. Flora also sang 'Fever' on a microphone which appeared not to work and cut in half-way through the verse, for great comic effect. (I'm still not sure that wasn't an accident.)

'Fever' was topped by Flora's outrageously seductive performance of Ravel's 'Bolero'. Then to change the mood Kit's violin is brought on, burned beyond repair. As he sobs his grief Flora and Brooke take up the tune - Bach's 'Air on a G-String'. Kit's grief is soon forgotten as Flora presents him with a brand new violin, which he uses to play Jimi Hendrix' 'Purple Haze'. He relives Hendrix at the Astoria - even to the extent of setting fire to this violin as well.


Violinist Kit Massey and Violist Brooke Day
have 'Cellist Flora Allison at her wits' end

Finally Kit and Flora gave us Tchaikovsky's 'Overture to 1812' with Brooke providing simple, but very effective (and very comic), 'special effects' to simulate a 21 gun salute, while rigged up as a one-man-band, and still playing his viola perfectly.


This was a truly magnificent performance. "Pure Hoffnung!" one audience member was heard to comment. Well done to a great trio, non-stop entertainment of the highest standard.

To see where the 'Pluck!' trio will be playing 'Musical Arson' in future, try their website www.pluck.me.uk

To see what's coming up at the Northcott : www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

In the Northcott Foyer:
Flora Allison flanked by two giants of comedy
- Brooke Day and Kit Massey

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Choir of Royal St George's College Toronto arrive at Buckfast Abbey for a Choral Concert Tuesday 21 June 1.15pm

The Choir of St George's College Toronto arrive at Buckfast Abbey
led by Choir Master Douglas Jameson
The Exterior is under renovation


The day after a recital at Exeter Cathedral which was not generally known about, but well attended by Cathedral visitors, The Choir of St George's College in Toronto gave a lunchtime recital at Buckfast Abbey at 1.15 on Tuesday 21 June.
The Day was perfect as the men and boys of the choir arrived in the grounds of the Abbey. After processing through the beautiful grounds the choir sang on the Chancel Steps in front of the Abbey Alter, accompanied on the Abbey organ by their regular organist Giles Bryant. Giles has been organist at St James Cathedral in Toronto for more than thirty years, and also accompanies and sings with the choir at their regular rehearsal venue, the partially completed building (originally intended to be Toronto's new Cathedral) St Alban's Hall.




But all is still beautiful inside
The programme included sacred choral music by  Anton Bruckner, Richard Shepherd (York Minster), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Howard Goodall and John Rutter. The announcements by the Choir Master, Douglas Jameson, were hard to hear as they echoed around the nave, but the same effect only enhanced the magical harmonies and resonances of the singing. When Organist, Giles Bryant, joined the choir for a cappella singing of music by Palestrina, a new sound was added to the voices of the choir. Outside, the stonemasons, brought in at great expense, and unable to stop work even for a moment, continued to chip away at stone high on their scaffolding. Far from detracting from the music, the sound reminded us all of the painstaking work of the German Benedictine monks at Buckfast who rebuilt the Abbey by hand in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Three boy soloists
for Howard Goodall's

arrangement of Psalm 23
Three boy soloists threw their treble voices into the wonderful acoustic space of the Abbey in their version of Howard Goodall's 'Psalm 23', made famous as the theme tune of Dawn French's 'Vicar of Dibley'. The programme must be popular in Canada too!
Giles Bryant joined the choir again for 'Ave Maria' augmenting the wonderful bass harmonies. Finally he returned to the organ to accompany the choir in John Rutter's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'. As the boys sang the title line in their high light voices another voice echoed around the building. A small child sitting the trancept was finding it all a little too much to bear. His sobs competed for attention and were answered with the closing words, " . . . and give you peace!" A very moving end to a delightful and unexpected concert.







Toronto St James' Cathedral Organist
Giles Bryant (far right) joins the choir
for a cappella singing of 'Ave Maria'
Many thanks to the organisers, including  Janet Somerville the Senior School English Mistress at Royal St George's College in Toronto. She is travelling with the choir on their tour of the UK. After moving on to Hereford Cathedral the choir have bookings in Oxford and Coventry. Full details can be found on twitter, at #rsgcchoirtouruk. Currently (Thursday 23 June) they are in Worcester. Janet has photos on 'Instagram'. 
Apologies to anyone who didn't get enough advance warning to see this splendid choir. I'm really hoping that there will be another tour - maybe next year!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Big News from Dartington for this weekend!


Sunday 26 June
7.30pm Great Hall
Dartington Community Choir
Music of America
Tickets £14 / Concessions £13 / Students & U16s £5
Dartington Community Choir

The 150-strong Dartington Community Choir is one of the largest and best regarded in the region and its members are drawn from throughout South Devon.


Featuring the music of Randall Thompson. Soloist - Heloise West

Works to include Thompson's Allelujah and choral cycle Frostiana.

Additional composers:
Samuel Barber
Morton Lauridsen

  

Book Online: Click here
or call the Box Office on 01803 847070

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!




FULL DETAILS OF ALL THESE CONCERTS ARE ON THE 'CONCERT LISTINGS' WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN REACH FROM THE LINK ON THE RIGHT OR BY CLICKING HERE

Snapshots for May and June

Tenor David Webb & Mezzo Soprano Juliet Curnow
in Laurence Blyth's production of
CPE Bach's Magnificat & Haydn's St Nicholas Mass
St James Church Exeter Wednesday 11 May


Baroque Trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins
Harpsichordist Leslie Pearson
at Ottery St Mary for the Honiton Festival
Saturday 14 May




Baroque Oboists Hilary Stock and Gail Hennessy
Play Albinoni's Concerto a Cinque for Two Oboes
with the Handel Players at Crispian's concert


Internation Opera Singers in Concert
Soprano Margaret Aagesen Hughes, Tenor Nicholas Buxton
Mezzo Soprano Carolyn Harries and Soprano Monika Sawa
The Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Friday 20 May


Plenty of love scenes for Nicholas and Monika


John Scarfe plays one last organ recital
Church of John the Baptist, Broadclyst, Saturday 21 May 


Soprano Elizabeth Drury with the Exeter Philharmonic Choir
in Andrew Millington's production of
JS Bach's Magnificat and Beethoven's Mass in C
Exeter Cathedral Thursday 26 May


And the Mezzo-Soprano? - Rebecca Smith!


Leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Alison Bury
with Arch-Lutenist David Miller
the 'OAE' performed 'A Celebration of Handel'
Dartington Great Hall Sunday 29 May 3pm


In the Dartington Great Hall Quadrangle
visiting soloist for OAE's 'A Celebration of Handel'
Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas


'Edith Piaf - A Celebration of a Legend'
Julie Walkington (accordion), Karen Street (double bass)
Tina May (singing Edith Piaf!), Nicky Iles (piano)
Exeter Northcott Theatre Sunday 29 May 7.30pm


International Stars from Dorset
Duncan Honeybourne (piano) Fiona Cross (clarinet)
Glenorchy URC Exmouth Thursday 2 June


A little impromptu recital
by a member of the Glenorchy audience
pianist Andrew Odber!
A beautiful morning made even more glorious:
Roz Walker conducts Exeter choir
'Global Harmony' as they sing gospel music
in the Chapel in the beautiful gardens at Killerton
Saturday 11 June 11am


Snap!
Peter Gambie conducts a choir from Emsworth in Hampshire
'The Renaissance Choir' as they sing 'Missa Dum Complerentur'
by sixteenth century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria
in the Lady Chapel at Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 11 June 12 noon


Snip!
Meanwhile in Exeter Guildhall 3pm
members of Exeter Little Theatre Company are shorn
for their parts in Aaron Sorkin's 1988 play 'A Few Good Men'
Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 June


And in Topsham Art Room 11 June 2-4pm
Old Maynardian Hilary Goddard holds a private view
Hilary discusses the finer points
with gallery owner Deborah Woods (right)
(background: 'Sleeping Sun' 2000)
Hilary's exhibition runs 12 June - 3 July
(11am-5pm weekends or by appointment)



And in the evening . . .
Flautist Denise Deter flies in from
The Woodlawn Arts Academy, Sterling, Illinois USA
For a recital with pianist John Scarfe
Broadclyst Parish Church Saturday 11 June 7.30pm


The Topsham Art Room is brought to life
Susie Hodder-Williams (flute) 'Showery Bowery' 2000
Rick Bolton ('cello) 'Sleeping Sun' 2000, 'Trinity Buzz' 2006
Chris Caldwell (sax) 'Summer Haze' 2000
are 'Music on the Edge' - giving a concert of 'Music and Art'
Topsham Art Room Sunday 12 June 6pm


Exeter University Scholars Ensemble and Exeter University Choral Society
play and sing Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'
with contemporary dance choreographed by Rebecca Payne
Exeter Northcott Theatre Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June
All turn to acknowledge their Musical Director . . .


Marion Wood!


Phonic FM presenter Andy Kelly (Monkeys with Puns)
plays accordion as 'Besnik' in Shaun McCarthy's 'Circus Britannicus'
(Joseph Carey is 'Zoltan', Jenny May Morgan is 'Jofranka')
Exeter Bike Shed Theatre Tuesday 31 May - Saturday 18 June


Lauren Poulten as 'Belle' meets her prince
in BalletCymru's production of 'Beaty and the Beast'
Exeter Northcott Theatre Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June


The newly restored plaque which has acknowledged
Elizabeth I as head of the Church of England since the sixteenth century
Holy Trinity Church Drewsteignton


And in celebration
The Courtenay Players Recorder Consort
play music from the reign of Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II
Angela Chapman (treble), Katie Cowling (tenor),
Judith Belam (contra-bass), Janet Drake-Law (great bass)
Catherine Palmer-Wills (nick bass)
Drewsteignton Parish Church Sunday 19 June


A very special soloist - student of the Royal College of Music
Katie Cowling plays the intriguing treble recorder solo
'Pan Overheard' by Christopher Ball (1936)
The 'Classical Journey' - wants you!
(Soprano Monika Sawa in the Barnfield Clifford Room 20 May)