A first class performance in the Phonic FM Studio
'Jade' from Pierre-Octave Ferroud's 'Trois Pieces'
'Classical Journey' Tuesday 14 August 2012
Force Five Wind Quintet,
Exeter Symphony Orchestra,
Songs for Flute & Piano,
- all have one thing in common.
The breathtaking flute playing of Exeter flautist, Ruth Molins.
Ruth first appeared on Phonic FM in October 2010, when she was performing in two concert duets.
On 6th October, Ruth and classical guitarist, Clive Betts, were at the Cathedral Chapter House as the 'Piazzolla Duo' playing the Argentine music of Astor Piazzolla and the Brazilian music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, plus music by Georg Philipp Telemann and other baroque and classical European composers.
Days later, Ruth appeared on Phonic FM to play beautiful flute music by Telemann and Debussy and talk about her next concert.
|Ruth Avis & James Keefe|
In 2011 Ruth's work with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra continued. They were at Blundells School in February for the Soldiers Concert (playing Rossini's 'Theiving Magpie' which we heard with reference to Anthony Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange' on last week's 'Mighty Book'). Ruth was there and stayed to hear Tasmin Little's virtuoso violin recital - which she discussed during her next appearance on Phonic FM - the following Tuesday.
Later, in September 2011, Ruth married jazz guitarist Jesse Molins. (She was previously Ruth Avis.) At the time, Ruth was also rehearsing with the St David's Players at the Barnfield Theatre for an October performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Yoemen of the Guard'.
6th December 2011
Ruth appeared on Phonic FM once again, on 6th December - to discuss yet more exciting projects.
|The Big Flute|
|Ruth Molins plays Michael Nyman|
Nonclassical December 2011
In January 2012, the 'Force Five Wind Quintet' (Ruth Molins - flutes, Kate Osbourne - oboe/cor anglais, John Welton - clarinets, Prue Tasman - bassoon, Trevor Ives - French horn) were reunited, with the addition of Exeter Music Group 'cellist, Carol Galton, playing piano. 'Wind, Sea, Sextet!' featured Gordon Jacob's 'Sextet for Wind and Piano', some Beethoven, Percy Grainger, and songs by Gwynn Parry-Jones. Ruth and Carol joined forces for something extra special - Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite' in five minutes - featuring Ruth's regular 'C' flute, alto flute and, for the 'Sugarplum Fairy', the piccolo.
|Jame Keefe & Ruth Molins|
In August James Keefe returned for another concert with Ruth Molins = this time at the newly renovated St Stephen's Church in Exeter High Street. together they played 'Out of the Cool' by the 21 year old Dave Heath followed by Bach's B minor Sonata and Philippe Gaubert's 'Sonate', Ruth's favourite.
at Exeter Bikeshed Theatre
(Peter's orchestral composition 'Commuter' was played by the Exeter University Symphony Orchestra in the Mint Methodist Church - right next door to the Bikeshed Theatre - just a few weeks later on 11th December.)
'Framing the Silence'
Alto Flute: Ruth Molins
To end the year, Ruth also joined a new and very challenging undertaking - Emma Welton & Paul Whittall's 'Seat of the Pants Orchestra' - who brought together an eclectic mix of instrumentalists to improvise a musical accompaniment for silent movies. In their most successful outing, the group (with new additions, Ruth Molins - flutes and Anita Munson - clarinets) accompanied a screening of Joe Schenck's Buster Keaton classic 'One Week' at the Exeter Phoenix. As well as flutes, the innovative Ruth had a new instrument with her - a fife!
Ruth has been working on this as a solo piece, with the help of husband Jesse who is familiar with the electronic equipment needed. On Tuesday we shall hear something very special, Ruth Molins in duet - with herself! Michael Colquhoun is very interested to hear how she sounds. Will he be able to tune in? We very much hope so!
(Anyone outside the Exeter area in Devon UK, can always listen online by following this link. There is also a link on the Phonic FM website.)
Ruth will be in the Phonic FM studio from 11am until 12am on Tuesday 5th March 2013
- to play music and discuss her latest projects (11am GMT = 6am Eastern Standard Time)
There will be plenty for Ruth to discuss.
Currently she is rehearsing with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra for their next concert at St David's Church on Saturday 9th March. They will play Grieg's 'Suite from Holberg's Time' and Beethoven's 'Eroica Symphony'. There will be plenty of work for the flutes, but this time the star will be oboist Althea Talbot-Howard who will play cor anglais in James MacMillan's 'The World's Ransoming' (the story of Maundy Thursday) and Albinoni's 'Oboe Concerto in D minor'.
On Wednesday 3rd April Ruth Molins will be in duet with pianist Rebecca Willson for their lunchtime recital 'Another Country' at Glenorchy United Reformed Church, which will include Bela Bartok's 'Suite Paysanne Hongroise' arranged by Paul arna, and Anne Boyd's 'Bali Moods'
There will be another lunchtime concert on Wednesday 29 May - at Exmouth Library this time, as part of the Exmouth Festival. Ruth Molins will be joined by her husband, guitarist Jesse Molins, and bass-player Al Swainger for 'Silver Summertime', "a heady mix of hot Latin and French cool"!
Lots to talk about!
Oboe & Cor Anglais
St David's Church,
Queen's Terrace, Hele Road, Exeter
Saturday 9 March 7.30pm
Edvard Grieg: Suite from Holberg's Time
Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor
James MacMillan: The World's Ransoming
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony 3 in Bь
Conductor: Brian Northcott
Oboe/Cor Anglais: Althea Talbot-Howard
Tickets: £12 (advance £10)
Phoenix Box Office: 01392 667080
(Mon - Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11.30am-5pm)
|Ruth Molins &|
(photo Cecil Hatfield)
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 3 April 12.30am
Piano: Rebecca Willson
Flute: Ruth Molins
Béla Bartók, arr. Paul Arna:
'Suite Paysanne Hongroise'
Anne Boyd: Bali Moods
|guitar: Jesse Molins|
Wednesday 29 May 12.30am
(a heady mix of hot Latin & French cool)
Flutes: Ruth Molins
Guitar: Jesse Molins
Bass: Al Swainger