Monday, 11 March 2013

Classical Journey Tuesday 12 March 2013, 10-12am Live interview with concert pianist Roger Woodward who is playing at Bradninch on Thursday evening and news of other concerts this week

Roger Woodward OBE

This morning the Phonic FM studio will be visited by an international musical star - Australian pianist Roger Woodward.

Roger will be talking about his musical career, and the recital he will be performing at Bradninch this Thursday.

Roger studied music for his first degree at Sydney University and the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Latvian mentor Alexander Sverjensky (who was himself a student of Alexander Glazunov).

When Roger was 22 he entered the Australian Broadcasting Commission's 'Concerto and Vocal Competition', which he won outright. His fellow finalist was David Helfgott.

Zbigniew Drzewiecki
The following year Roger began post-graduate studies in music with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Poland, and made his concert debut, at the age of 23, with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. By the age of 34, he was a Fellow of the Warsaw Chopin Institute. He never forgot the kindness he enjoyed as a stranger in communist Poland.

Roger also worked with many prominent musicians and orchestras around the world. He worked with the greatest contemporary composers - including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Lech Wałęsa
When Lech Wałęsa united the Gdansk shipyard workers in the Solidarność trade union in 1980, Roger (who received the OBE in the same year) toured the world playing the complete works of Chopin from memory - to raise money to help the beleaguered members of the nascent freedom movement.

Roger has since been awarded the Polish Order of Merit (1993), the Order of Solidarność (2008), and the "Gloria Artis" Gold Medal for Merit to Culture - Poland's highest honour (2011).

Gloria Artis

Since 1992, Roger has been Director and Professor of the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University - which he founded.

Roger has become famous for his recordings with 'Celestial Harmonies' - and, for us, the corresponding live performances in the South West.

In 2007, Roger recorded the Debussy Preludes, Books 1 and 2 - and came to Queen's College, Taunton, for an afternoon recital on Sunday 15th July. 

In 2010, Roger made a definitive recording of J S Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier' - and came to King's College, Taunton for an afternoon recital on Sunday 2nd October 2011.

Celestial Harmonies are currently producing a recording of Roger's concert at the Sandesaal (Concert Hall) in Bremen in January 2007, when he played the music of Debussy, Bach - and Chopin.

Roger flew over from San Fancisco on Sunday to prepare for a recital of Debussy Estampes and Preludes, and Chopin Mazurkas, at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford this Saturday.

Before that, however, Roger will give a rare Devon performance, at St Disen's Church in Bradninch on Thursday evening - of the full programme he will be playing in Oxford.

Full details:

Bradninch Recital by Roger Woodward

14 March 2013 

Debussy:  Estampes

Pagodes (Pagodas)
La soirée dans Grenade (The Evening in Granada)
Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens under the Rain)

Debussy:  Preludes Book 2 

Brouillards – Modéré
Feuilles mortes - Lent et mélancolique
La Puerta del Vino - Mouvement de Habanera
Les Fées sont d'exquises danseuses - Rapide et léger
Bruyères - Calme, doucement expressif
Général Lavine - eccentric - Dans le style et le mouvement d'un Cakewalk
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune – Lent
Ondine – Scherzando
Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C. – Grave
Canope - Très calme et doucement triste
Les tierces alternées - Modérément animé
Feux d'artifice - Modérément animé


Chopin: Nine Mazurkas

A minor, Op.17 no.4
C-sharp minor, Op.63 no.3
C-sharp minor, Op.30 no.4
C major, Op.56 no.2
F major, Op.68 (posth.) no.3
A-flat major, Op.41 no.4
G-sharp minor, Op.33 no.1
C minor, Op.56 no.3
F minor, Op.68 (posth.) no.4 (original version)

Roger Woodward
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Thursday 14 March 7.30pm
Debussy & Chopin
Tickets: £8 (U18 FREE)

from Spar in Bradninch, or
Simon Tytherleigh 01392 881825

This is a preview of the recital
which Roger Woodward will give
on Saturday 16 March at the
Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford

Other events this week:

Comic Baritone:
John Brindley
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 13 March 12.30am
Piano: Dorothy Worthington
Mezzo Soprano: Dorothy Ferrier
Baritone: John Brindley
Admission FREE

Roger Woodward
Roger Woodward
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Thursday 14 March 7.30pm
Debussy & Chopin
(full details of programme)
Tickets: £8 (U18 FREE)
from Spar in Bradninch, or
Simon Tytherleigh 01392 881825

This is a preview of the recital
which Roger Woodward will give
on Saturday 16 March at the
Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford

Exeter School Choral Society
Exeter Cathedral
Thursday 14 March 7.30pm
Guiseppe Verdi: Requiem
Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst
Tickets: £15/10/7 (child ½ price)
book online

Roger Bourgein

Bicton Classics Night
Bicton Inn, Exmouth
Thursday 14 March 8.30pm
An evening of classical music
performed by audience members
Regulars include
Pianists: Tim Othen
Andrew Odber
Angus Ramsay,
Exeter School Choral Society
Contralto: Mary Dinham
Soprano: Natasha Iuchanka
Tim Othen
Sanzakord: David Sawyer
and many more
Master of Ceremonies: Roger Bourgein
No charge for admission -
just a friendly night out at the pub.

Exeter University Theatre Company
"Music & Drama/Debating Room,
(M&D Room), Devonshire House
Exeter University Streatham Campus
Thursday-Saturday 14-16 March 7.30pm
Directors: Dan McNiell & Harry Kingscott
(hear their interview on Abi Marlowe's 'Mighty Book'
     Phonic FM Tuesday 26 February 10-12am)
Tickets: £5 -  to book, email

Adrienne Hesketh
Adrienne Hesketh
Methodist Hall Lympstone
Friday 15 March 10.30am
Adrienne discusses and plays
her own compositions
Admission FREE

(a 'Third Age Project' production)

Exeter University Singers
Southernhay URC Exeter
Friday 15 March 7.30pm
Claude Debussy
Robert Lucas de Pearsall
John Dowland
Tickets: £3 (advance £2)
Singers 'Facebook' page

Exeter University
Choral Society
Exeter University Choral Society
Exeter University Great Hall
Saturday 16 March 7pm
(1791: to Anna von Walsegg
   completed posthumously by
      Franz Xaver Süssmayr)
Conductor: Marion Wood
Tickets: £1 (balcony £2 box £2)
Requiem 'Facebook' page
Parking FREE after 6pm
remember 'Brahms Requiem'?

Chris Gradwell
Alto Saxophone
Chris Gradwell and Friends
Seaton Town Hall
Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
A Jazz Evening for the Seaton Visitors Trust
Info: Chris Gradwell 01297 22228
"Chris Gradwell Musician" website

Bridget Ansell

Ashburton Singers
Church of St John the Evangelist
Newton Road, Bovey Tracey
Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
Musical Director: Bridget Ansell
Visiting Organist: Lilita Ozola
(Latvian - Trained at St Petersburg)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Lilita Ozola
Pavel Chesnokov
Boris Ledkovsky
Grigor Lvovsky
Admission FREE - retiring collection
(will be repeated at Buckfast 23 March)

Andrew Millington
Exeter Philharmonic Choir
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
Johannes Brahms:
with The Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Millington
Tickets: £20/17/12
EPC Tickets 01392 499211
Exeter Tourist Info 665885
Choir website

Richard Rowntree
Exeter Bach Society
Mint Methodist Church, Exeter
Saturday 16 March 7pm
Conductor: David Davies
Tenor: Richard Rowntree
Bass: Julian Rippon
Tickets: £15
Phoenix Box Office 667080
Book online

pianist: John Scarfe
baritone: Gareth Keene
Southernhay Afternoon Concert
Southernhay URC Exeter
Sunday 17 March 3pm
Robert Schumann: "Dichterliebe"
(1840 - 16 poems from Heinrich Heine's
Lyrisches Intermezzo)
Plus Shakespearean songs by
Henry Purcell
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Roger Quilter
Gerald Finzi
Admission: FREE
(retiring collection for the
Southernhay Buildings Appeal)

Altos: Sarah Pennington, Sophie Nicholson,
Basses: Michael Willmott, Malcolm Field,
Tenors: Jonathan Croley, Ben Pennington,
Sopranos: Marion Wood, Zoe Fitzsimmons.

Starling Octet
Church of St John the Baptist
Sunday 17 March 7pm
(German Romantic Music for Double Choir)
Conductor: Ben Pennington
Josef Rheinberger: Mass in Eь
Robert Schumann
Felix Mendelssohn
Tickets: £5 (U16 FREE)
Interval refreshments!
£2 reduction for using public transport
(eg 1B bus from Exeter Bus Station 6.15pm)
- just present your bus ticket!
full details on 'Facebook'

Diana Mathews
Exeter University Symphony Orchestra
Exeter University Great Hall
Tuesday 19 March 7.30pm
Richard Wagner: Prelude to 'Tristan & Isolde'
Krzysztof Penderecki: Viola Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich: 5th Symphony
Conductor: Richard Gonski
Viola Soloist: Diana Mathews
Tickets: £6 (student £4 musiccard £3)
form EUSO at Exeter University Forum
(Next to Northcott) Thur/Fri 7/8 March
or email

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