Monday, 18 March 2013

Last 'Classical Journey' this month: 19 March 2013 Special Guest Clive Stevens - and exciting news: English Touring Opera at the Northcott this week

Clive Stevens
Soprano Saxophone - and Alto Flute
with Sam Richards' Improvisers' Orchestra
At Soundart Studio 24 August 2012

Apologies to all listeners who were unable to hear the first part of last week's interview with Roger Woodward - and thanks to those who stayed tuned to hear his very interesting discussion of his career, collaborations and music.

This week we have another exciting international music star in the Phonic FM studio.

Clive Stevens is a saxophonist (and flautist) from Bristol, who began his career with Eddie Jackman and Ronnie Ross here in the UK. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. (Not a typo! - The University of Califormia, Berkeley, is quite a different thing!)

Clive added flute at the San Francisco Conservatory - (Roger Woodward, by the way, is Professor at the School of Music and Dance {College of Liberal and Creative Arts} at San Francisco State University)

Folowing further flute studies at the Guildhall School of Music and US Naval Academy of Music, Clive studied saxophone with Lee Konitz and composition with William Allaudin Mathieu (Director of the Sufi Choir at the San Francisco Conservatory).

Clive has released eight studio albums with Capitol Records, and a book of poems called 'Stardust Transmissions'.

On Friday 24 August, Clive performed with Sam Richard's Improviser's Orchestra at St Mary's Church in Totnes - and later for a live broadcast from the Soundart studios at Dartington Hall. Contrary to reports at the time, photos from St Mary's are not permanently lost, and will appear soon. (However, Clive is not included in that set!)

Clive also played saxophone and flute with 'The Chill Acoustic' (featuring David Sawyer's Sanzakord, Russell Frampton's guitar and the vocal accompaniment of Tony Dale) - at the launch of an art exhibition in memory of Daphne Cartwright on Friday 7 September 2012.

Clive and the Chill Acoustic will be in action again at 'Gloss' art gallery in Barnfield Crescent this Thursday, 21 March, for the launch of 'Exeter Open Studios 2013' which will continue all weekend and feature the art of David Sawyer and his wife Christine Sawyer - not to mention a dozen more artists in Exeter and Topsham.

Microphone - ON!
Clive plays 'Scarborough Fair'


ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

Kitty Whately
& Laura Mitchell

are Fiordiligi and Dorabella
in Mozart's 'Cosi fan Tutte'
Tues and Weds 19 & 20 March
(Photo: Robert Workman)

We MUST find time during the programme to mention this week's visit by the English Touring Opera. 'Cosi fan Tutte' (see above) is already SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available, however, for the other two Italian operas. 'Simon Boccanegra' by Giuseppe Verdi is being performed on Thursday and Saturday, while Gaetano Donizetti's 'Siege of Calais' will be showing on Friday evening.

The venue - EXETER NORTHCOTT THEATRE.

Full details on this website.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Paul Higgins directs Mozart's 'Cosi fan Tutte' ('All women are the same'), where two men pretend to leave for war, only to return and attempt to seduce each other's lover - to test their fidelity. Watch out for Richard Mosley Evans (who was such an incredible Gianni Schicchi back in March 2011) as the scheming Don Alfonzo.

Thursday/Saturday: ETO Directors, Michael Rosewell and James Conway, have brought together a huge orchestra and choir for Giuseppe Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra' - the story of a pirate who returns to Genoa to become its leader, and to attempt to unite Italy. Craig Smith is Simon Boccanegra.

Friday: Between the two performances of 'Boccanegra' there is a single performance of Gaetano Donizetti's 'Siege of Calais'. Cozmin Sime is Edward III at the gates of Calais, demanding surrender, while the citizens within negotiate their survival - or self-sacrifice. Eddie Wade is the Mayor of Calais, while Helen Sherman plays his son Aurelio (originally a castrato rôle - one of the last), and Paula Sides (Bubikopf, 'Emperor of Atlantis', November 2012 - and Emilia in 'Flavio'/Atalanta in 'Xerxes' in November 2011) is Aurelio's wife, Eleonora.

Take a look at the run-down for the next fortnight (below) for full opera and ticket details:


Diana Mathews
Exeter University Symphony Orchestra
Exeter University Great Hall
Tuesday 19 March 7.30pm
ASHES AND FLAMES
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 eusoconnected@gmail.com


English Touring Opera
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Tuesday-Saturday 19-23 March 7.30pm
Three Operas with 25 piece orchestra
Cosi Fan Tutte (In English)
Simon Boccanegra (Italian - with surtitles)
The Siege of Calais  (Italian - with surtitles)
see below:



Dorabella: Kitty Whately
Ferrando: Anthony Gregory
English Touring Opera
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 March
Wofgang Amadeus Mozart
COSI FAN TUTTE
Conductor: James Burton
Director: Paul Higgins
Fiordiligi: Laura Mitchell
Dorabella: Kitty Whately
Ferrando: Anthony Gregory
Guglielmo: Toby Girling
Despina: Paula Sides
Don Alfonzo: Richard Mosley-Evans
Tickets: £31/£28/£23/£18
Student Standby: £8
Northcott Box Office493493
book online (Tues SOLD OUT)






Tim Othen
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 20 March 12.30am
PIANO RECITAL
Tim Othen

Frederic Chopin
Etude No. 1 in Ab Major (Op. 25)
Etude No. 6 in Eb Minor (Op. 10)
Etude No. 5 in Gb Major(Op. 10)
Ballade No.1 in G Minor (Op. 23)
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude No. 12 in G# Minor (Op. 32)
Prelude No. 10 in B Minor (Op. 32)
Prelude No. 5 in G Minor (Op 23)

Admission FREE



Work by just twelve
of the many artists taking part in
Exeter Open Studios 2013
Exeter Open Studios 2013
'Gloss' Gallery 1 Barnfield Crescent
Launch: Thursday 21 March 6-9pm
'A Festival  of Creativity'
See work by many local artists
while enjoying a complimentary glass
and the music of 'Chill Acoustic'
Studios open: Fri-Sun 22-24 March
See artists' details: - EOS website
For further details, contact:
Lucinda (Co-ordinator) 07786326298
exeteropenstudios@hotmail.co.uk
Press release from David & Christine Sawyer




Paulo Albiani: Grant Doyle
Amelia: Elizabeth Llewellyn
English Touring Opera
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Thursday 21 March
Giuseppe Verdi
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Director: James Conway
Simon Boccanegra: Craig Smith
Amelia: Elizabeth Llewellyn
Jacopo Fiesco: Anthony Gregory
Paulo Albiani: Grant Doyle
Gabriele Adorno: Charne Rochford
Pietro: Piotr Lempa
Tickets: £31/£28/£23/£18
Student Standby: £8
Northcott Box Office493493
book online (Repeated on Sat 23 Mar)





Honiton Festival Lunch
Hepplewhite Piano Trio
St Paul's Church Honiton
Friday 22 March 1pm (lunch at 12)
HEPPLEWHITE PIANO TRIO
violin: Amy Littlewood
'cello: Hetti Price
piano: Kevin Fan Yu
Josef Haydn: Piano Trio in G HobXV25
('Gypsy Rondo')
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat Op 148
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Tickets: £9 unreserved seating
Honiton TIC: 01404 43716
see video



Mezzo Soprano Helen Sherman
is Aurelio,
son of Mayor
 Eustachio of Calais
English Touring Opera
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Friday 22 March
Gaetano Donizetti
THE SIEGE OF CALAIS
Conductor: Jeremy Silver
Director: James Conway
Edwardo III: Cosmin Sime
Mayor Eustachio: Eddie Wade
Aurelio (his son): Helen Sherman
Eleonora (Aurelio's wife): Paula Sides
General Edmundo: Adam Tunnicliffe
Giovanni d'Aire: Andrew Glover
Pietro de Wisants: Brendan Collins
Giocomo de Wisants: Niel Joubert
Tickets: £31/£28/£23/£18
Student Standby: £8
Northcott Box Office493493
book online (selling fast)




Héloïse West

Southernhay Lunchtime Concert
Southernhay United Reformed Church
Dix's Field, Exeter
Friday 22 March 1pm
PERGOLESI: "STABAT MATER"
Piano: Maragaret Chave
Soprano: Héloïse West
Mezzo Soprano: Mary Burman
Tickets: £5 (at the door)





Bridget Ansell




Ashburton Singers
Buckfast Abbey
Saturday 24 March 7.30pm
RUSSIAN SACRED MUSIC
Musical Director: Bridget Ansell
Visiting Organist: Lilita Ozola
(Latvian - Trained at St Petersburg)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Pavel Chesnokov
Lilita Ozola
Boris Ledkovsky
Grigor Lvovsky
Admission FREE - retiring collection
(Repeat of Bovey Tracey, 16 March)




Nigel Perrin
Exeter Festival Chorus
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 23 March 7.30pm
James MacMillan
ST JOHN PASSION
with City of Bath Bach Choir
and Wellensian consort
Conductor: Nigel Perrin
Tickets: £22/£17/£12
online booking form
(repeat of Wells Cathedral last Saturday)


Paulo Albiani: Grant Doyle
Amelia: Elizabeth Llewellyn
English Touring Opera
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Saturday 23 March
Giuseppe Verdi
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Director: James Conway
Simon Boccanegra: Craig Smith
Amelia: Elizabeth Llewellyn
Jacopo Fiesco: Anthony Gregory
Paulo Albiani: Grant Doyle
Gabriele Adorno: Charne Rochford
Pietro: Piotr Lempa
Tickets: £31/£28/£23/£18
Student Standby: £8
Northcott Box Office493493
book online (Repeated from Thur 21 Mar)






Dartington Community Choir
Dartington Community Choir
Dartington Great Hall
Sunday 24 March 7.30pm
MESSA DA REQUIEM
Giuseppe Verdi (born 1813)
(mass for Allesandro Manzoni)
conductor: Jonathan Watts
160 voice choir & full orchestra
soprano: Suzanne Manuell
mezzo soprano: Helen Haviland
tenor: Anando Mukerjee
bass: Roderick Hunt
Tickets: £20 (student/U18 £8)
Box Office 01803 847070
(12.30-7.30pm) or email:
boxoffice@dartington.org
Dartington website




Beacon Piano Trio 
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 27 March 12.30am
BEACON PIANO TRIO
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Violin: Anna Cockroft
'Cello: Ruth Lass
Admission FREE










































Ruth Molins &
Rebecca Willson
(photo Cecil Hatfield)
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 3 April 12.30am
ANOTHER COUNTRY
Piano: Rebecca Willson
Flute: Ruth Molins
Béla Bartók, arr. Paul Arna:
'Suite Paysanne Hongroise'
Anne Boyd: Bali Moods
Admission FREE

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