Monday, 4 February 2013

Classical Journey Tuesday 5 February 2013: Counterpoint Choir 'Life and times of Queen Mary', Exeter University Theatre Company: 'Amadeus', Adrienne Hesketh Piano Recital, Taunton Sinfonietta: Mendelssohn & Schubert

Counterpoint soprano
Mary O'Shea
Today's programme starts with the music of  David Acres' 'Counterpoint' choir. Counterpoint will be at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday evening for 'The Life and Times of Queen Mary'.

Counterpoint soprano Mary O'Shea will be in the studio to discuss her namesake, and the sixteenth century music which will feature in the concert.

At 10.30am, Exeter University Theatre Company producer, Emma Cann, with actors Sam Rix (Count Johann Kilian von Strack) and Michael Smith (Count Gottfied van Swieten), will take over to tell us about their latest production, 'Amadeus', which opens at the Northcott Theatre on Wednesday evening.

The play was written by Peter Shaffer in 1979 and was made into a movie by Milos Forman in 1984, with memorable performances by Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri.

Shaffer based his work on Alexander Pushkin's 1830 play 'Mozart and Salieri', which Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov made into an opera which opened at the Moscow Solodovnikov Theatre in 1898.

Later we will have a little competition. Lucy Robson is offering a pair of tickets to the live screening of the Royal Opera House production of 'Eugene Onegin', which will be showing at Exeter Vue Cinema on Wednesday 20th February. The first person who can email in the answer to a question or two relating to 'Eugene Onegin' can write to Lucy to claim their tickets. Listen out for the questions at the beginning of the show - and stay tuned!

Roger Woodward
After all that excitement, there will be time from some piano music - original compositions by Bovey Tracey composer Adrienne Hesketh, who will be at Mint Methodist Church on Wednesday morning.

We can also hear the Chopin Mazurka which went so badly awry last week - played by Australian concert pianist Roger Woodward, who will be staying in Wellington in March and giving a recital at St Disen's Church, Bradninch, on Thursday 14th March.

At 11.30 there will a special treat - a chance to hear 'Exeter Contemporary Sounds', who will be  at the Bikeshed on Sunday 3rd March to perfrom 'Diff'rent Trains' by Steve Reich
- with Julie Hill and Emma Welton (violins),
Andrew Gillett (viola) and Jane Pyrie ('cello).

More details of this week's music and theatre below . . .

Laurence Blyth
a new voice -
Nicholas Hawker
Exmouth Choral Society
Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
Saturday 2 Februrary
SAMSON - G F Handel
conductor: Laurence Blyth
soprano: Elizabeth Drury
countertenor: James Armitage
Tenor: Nicholas Hawker
Bass: Matthew Cann
Tickets: £12
(in advance from church office
or Lesley's in Budleigh £10)
details: choral society website

Adrienne Hesketh

Adrienne Hesketh
Mint Methodist Church Exeter
Wednesday 6 February 10.30am
Adrienne discusses and plays
her own compositions
Admission FREE

(update - £1 for non-forum members!)

Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 6 February 12.30am
piano: Christopher Meech
'cello: Annabel Rooney
Admission FREE

Exeter University Theatre Company
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Wed-Sat 6-9 February 7.30pm
Peter Shaffer's biography of Mozart
 - with full orchestra and choir
producer: Emma Cann
director: Josh Lucas
Tickets: Wed/Thur £12 Fri/Sat £14
student £8  school groups £5
Exeter Northcott: 01392 493493

Karl-Heinz Steffens
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Exeter University Great Hall
Friday 8 February 7.30pm
Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto 1
Johannes Brahms: Symphony 1
conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens
piano soloist: John Lill
Pre-Concert Talk 6.40-7.10pm
(Ian Pillow in the Peter Chalk Centre)
Tickets: £12-36
Exeter Phoenix Box Office: 01392 667080
John Lill
book online     SOLD OUT!

BSO website

Zoe Lyons

Totnes Civic Hall

Friday 8 February
Comedy at Totnes Comedy Lounge
(in association with Totnes FM)
Totnes Civic Centre
Friday 8 February 8pm
Luke Graves
Garrett Millerick
Tim O'Connor
Tickets: £15 (advance £10)
Box Office: 01803 862267
Totnes Comedy Lounge website
press release from Totnes FM

Mary Tudor

Counterpoint Choir
Buckfast Abbey
Sunday 9 February 7.30pm
QUEEN MARY I (1516-1558)
director of music: David Acres
choral music by:
William Cornysh Heinrich Isaac
Nicholas Gombert Christobal de Morales
Jacobus Clemens non Papa Roger Parsons
Robert Whyte Rodrigo de Ceballos
Thomas Tallis Francisco Guerrero
Hernando Franco John Sheppard
(full details)
Tickets: £10 (advance £8)
from David Acres: 01392 490398
Counterpoint website

Taunton Sinfonietta
Taunton Sinfonietta
St John's Church Totnes
Saturday 9 February 3pm
Temple Methodist Church Taunton
Sunday 10 February 3pm
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet
Franz Schubert: Double 'Cello Quintet
Tickets: Totnes £12 (student/child FREE)
                Taunton £15 (student £5)

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