The residential places, for the weekend of Baroque experience, were fully booked and the public concerts were also a sell-out. The weather was perfect. Residents and visitors could stroll in the magnificent grounds of Dartington Hall, between lectures, demonstrations, open rehearsals and recitals by arguably the best baroque ensemble in the South West - Devon Baroque.
The final crowning glory was a full performance of Henry Purcell's opera from 1680, 'Dido and Aeneas' - Glorious! We were all sad to hear that Margaret will be leaving the group (she is involved in even more exciting projects further afield) but what a note to end on!
Harpsichordist Jonathan Watts, the new leader of Devon Baroque, was there to perform in a special concert for the residents on Sunday morning (and it was very special), but gave way to Margaret Faultless, and regular Devon Baroque harpsichordist Andrew Wilson-Dickson, for the weekend's three main concerts.
|Sunday Morning: Grounded in England|
James Risdon is in the Ship Studio
with a clutch of baroque recorders
(James is unable to see and learns
baroque pieces from Braille manuscripts
He is the Music Officer for the
Royal National Institute for the Blind
in London, where he helps others to
overcome partial sight to achieve
an equal enjoyment of music
- see Memorising Music)
|James Risdon with his 'descant in D'|
- and two able accompanists
Jonathan Watts (harpsichord)
Emily White (sackbut!)
The sackbut, Emily told us,
cost more to manufacture in Tudor England
than Concorde did in the seventies
- and the sound matches the price!
Wonderful Tudor music in the Dartington Ship Studio
(a fabulous venue! - who could forget the
Young Musicians' Showcase
in the Ship Studio in June last year.)
|Farewell to a baroque star|
champion of baroque music in Devon
for more than twenty years
Leader of Devon Baroque
|In the Dartington quadrangle|
visiting baroque singing sensation
mezzo-soprano from Michigan USA
who managed to make time in her
international performing schedule
to come and sing for us at
Dartington Great Hall.
What a treat for us all!
Follow this link for the full details of Devon Baroque's weekend of
'Baroque and the Golden Age of English Music'
Future Devon Baroque events will appear on the same site.
What's next at Dartington? - Indian classical poetry, music and dance at the 'Tagore Festival' (Friday 6th to Monday 9th April).