Monday, 30 September 2013

Classical Journey 1 October 2013 'Cathedra 900' Special Guest Crispian Steele-Perkins

Crispian Steele-Perkins
Baroque Trumpeter
Guest on this week's 'Classical Journey'

Tune in on Tuesday (1st October) at 10am to hear Crispian Steele-Perkins discussing this week's multi-media extravaganza at Exeter Cathedral. (Three nights only - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

'900 Years of Light' will showcase extraordinary photographs taken in the Cathedral by Mark Ware (and projected onto the structure of the Cathedral itself) and films by Michael Bickerton. The evening will be introduced by actor Emily Kreider.

Crispian will provide music with a classical quartet - and talk the audience through the action.

For a preview of this exciting show, Crispian and promoter Gillian Taylor will be in the Phonic FM studio from 10am to tell us more - and Crispian has suggested he bring his trumpets!

Hope you can listen!

(You can see Gillian's press release here)

and cornet!
Crispian stayed until nearly 11am
hitting a perfect five
on baroque trumpet

Like to listen again? - click here!

Click here to hear Martin Hodge's edited version of the interview with Crispian, as broadcast on 'Hot Pebbles' at 4pm on Wednesday 2 October. It opens with Gillian Taylor talking about 'Artist Mark Ware' . . .

Gillian Taylor
First Violin, Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra
playing a saw at a charity concert for 'Shelterbox'
(Photo: Nigel Cheffers-Heard)
Gillian brought her camera and
caught Crispian in the classic
baroque trumpeter's stance
(compare Jean-François Madeuf
playing 'clarion' at 'Grand Baroque')

Here's how '900 Years of Light' fits into this week's entertainment:

Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 2 October 12.30pm
Piano Recital
Admission FREE

Pianist & Story-Teller
Adrienne Hesketh
Adrienne Hesketh
(Bovey Tracey Composer & Author)
Blackpool Primary School Bovey Tracey
Wednesday 2 October 3.00-3.25pm
Chudleigh Knighton Primary School
Thursday 3 October 2.45-3.10pm
Book launch, pep-talk for young writers and
readings from Adrienne's latest publication
- at school assembly, naturally!

Exeter Cathedral
"900 Years of Light"
900 Years of Light
Exeter Cathedral 
Wed/Thur/Fri 2/3/4 October 7.30pm
Introduction by Emily Kreider
Lecture by Crispian Steele-Perkins
(baroque trumpeter) - trumpets through the ages
40 minute video installation by Mark Bickerton
(featuring images of the cathedral)
leading into stills photography and poetry
(recited by Emily Kreider)

exploring the Cathedral's history
composed by Mark Ware
accompanied by 'Lyric Strings' trio
violin: Patricia Calnan
viola: George Robertson
'cello: Nicola Thomas
and trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins
Tickets: £5
01392 285983 or book online:

Rua MacMillan Trio
Rua MacMillan Trio
Hockworthy Village Hall
(M5 Junction 27, TA21 0NW)
Saturday 5 October 6.45 for 7.30pm
Jigs, Airs, Reels Lullabies
Scottish Fiddle: Rua MacMillan
Guitar: Tia Files
Bodhran: Adam Brown
(All-Ireland/All-Britain Bodhran Champion)
Tickets: £12 (booking essential)
Val:       01823 673268
Louise:  01823 673025

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
St James Church Christow
Saturday 5 October 7.30pm
Sophia Corri Dussek
G F Handel
Erik Satie
Claude Debussy
Tickets: £10
(wine & food provided)
Mary Archer: 01647 252269
Ian West: 01647 253104

St David's Players
St David's Players
Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 October 7.30pm
Saturday 12 October 2.30pm
Producer: Jane May
Musical Director: Nicky Perry
Tickets: £12 (student/child £10)
Box Office: 01392 271808 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society

Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society
Manor Pavillion Theatre Sidmouth
Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 October 7.30pm
Saturday 12 October 3pm
Director: Martin Kingston
Musical Director: Roger Howell
Choreography: Evelyn O'Malley
Tickets: £14 (child 3pm show: £10)

Box Office: 01395 514413 10am-2pm Mon-Sat

Allegri Quartet 60th Anniversary Concert in Devon Blundell's School Tiverton Friday 18 October 2013 Press Release from Julie Hill

The Allegri Quartet
'Cello: Vanessa Lucas-Smith
Violin: Ofer Falk
Viola: Dorothea Vogel
Violin: Raphael Todes

Big School
Friday 18th October

The internationally renowned Allegri Quartet will be revisiting Blundell’s School Tiverton on Friday 18 October. We have had a long association with this Quartet and it is rewarding that they would like to visit in this their 60th Anniversary year since their foundation. They have seen a number of changes over the period – and indeed while they have been visiting us.

The programme is an exciting one including a new piece, with its first performance at the Salisbury this year, a Quartet by Haydn, and Tchaikovsky’s First Quartet.

The members of the Quartet are:

Ofer Falk, who has been a soloist with Israeli Orchestras and performed at the Bolshoi. He was a founder member of the Schidlof Quartet in 1994, a particularly significant fact for us as Peter Schidlof was a pupil Blundell’s School. He is a Professor at the Trinity College of Music and plays a violin made by Amati of Cremona in 1661.

Rafael Todes, having read Economics at Cambridge went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman. He played for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, and was also a founder member of the Schidlof Quartet. He teaches at the Junior Academy and plays a violin made by Maggini of Brescia of c 1600.

Dorothea Vogel, having been born in Switzerland studied in the USA and at The Guildhall in London. She was principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist in Zurich and at the Wigmore Hall. Her viola was made by Rastelli of Genoa in 1800.

Vanessa Lucas-Smith is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and became a Junior Fellow at Trinity College. She received coaching from members of the Amadeus Quartet (Peter Schidlof was a founding member of this Quartet) amongst others. She has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. She teaches chamber music and is a keen amateur footballer. Her cello was made by the Forster family in England in the late eighteenth century.

Tickets are available from Mrs Carole Francis (01884 232401) in the main School Office, priced at £10, but free for children and students.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra on show: Marion Wood conducts yet another Open Rehearsal Saint Peter's School Thursday 7 November 2013 Everyone welcome! Press Release (Ellen Stratton)

Marion Wood Conducts the EMG Symphony Orchestra
Clare Smith     First Violin Jackie Baldwin
(photograph: Nigel Cheffers-Heard)

EMG Symphony Orchestra
Open Rehearsal
Thursday 7 November, St Peter's School, Exeter

On Thursday 7 November EMG Symphony Orchestra will once more be opening the rehearsal room doors, offering the chance to go "behind the scenes" and see how a large adult symphony orchestra prepares for a concert.

This will provide an opportunity not only to meet the players but also to sit amongst the orchestra during the rehearsal and experience the music from the players' perspective as the orchestra rehearses for its next concert,

Clarinets: Richard De La Rue & John Walthew
(Bassoon: Prue Tasman)

(photograph: Nigel Cheffers-Heard)

- which takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 November
at the Great Hall, University of Exeter.

The open rehearsal will focus on selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2, which form part of EMG Symphony Orchestra's exciting autumn programme.

The open rehearsal is a free event for anyone with an interest in music, but it is particularly aimed at children and young people who are learning an orchestral instrument.

Trumpet: Emma Bettany
(Tuba: Rob O'Byrne)

(photograph: Nigel Cheffers-Heard)

More advanced players (grade 6 standard and above) who would like to bring their instrument and join in with the rehearsal are asked to contact by Tuesday 5 November to book a place.

The rehearsal will take place at 7.30pm
at St Peter's School, Quarry Lane, Exeter, EX2 5AP.

The orchestra asks that all under-16s are be accompanied by an adult.

For further information please visit

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Crispian Steele-Perkins comes to Exeter Cathedral 'Cathedra 900' culminates with '900 Years of Light' Three Nights Only Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 2/3/4 October 2013 Multimedia Exhibition and Classical Quartet - Message from Gillian Taylor


Crispian Steele-Perkins
Baroque Trumpeter

Exeter Cathedral will be the setting for a multimedia response to the building’s 900 year history and the contributions that craftspeople have made during that time. 900 Years of Light is the culmination of Cathedra 900, an Arts Council England funded project by visual and multimedia artist Mark Ware.

Mark Ware
photographs Exeter Cathedral for Cathedra 900
(and is himself photographed by Peter Stephens)
For the last 18 months, Mark has been exploring the Cathedral and interpreting its art and architecture through photography, abstract photomontages, 3D artwork and sound. 900 Years of Light will be an evening of film, readings, music and the premiere of Mark Ware’s video composition accompanied by specially arranged music performed by internationally acclaimed trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins and a string trio.

The 900 Years of Light video composition will bring together Mark’s images showing details, patterns and architectural shapes, creating illusions of stillness and movement. During the screening of the work, the cathedral will appear to breathe as its vaulted ceiling is cast with slowly changing light, and the live music resonates throughout the building.

Mark, who is based in Devon, is a visual and multimedia artist whose current work reflects his altered perception of the world brought about by a stroke in 1996 at the age of 39. Mark said:

“Stroke affects everything I do and how I perceive the world. It influences all my art and it keeps me in the ‘here and now’ because of the physical and mental challenges it presents me with. When I look at the images I’ve created, I remember what the temperature was, whether I was in pain, and every detail of how I felt at the time.

“These images are my response to the cathedral, interwoven with music and spoken narrative, and I hope that they will offer a meaningful and rewarding response to the building, helping people to feel at peace and to come away altered in a positive way.

“Cathedra 900 is a profoundly rewarding project. I’m privileged and honoured to be participating in Exeter Cathedral’s 900 year timeline, contributing to centuries of artistic activity within its walls.”

Crispian Steele-Perkins will speak about the music, explaining how it fits into the Cathedral’s timeline. The evening’s events will be introduced by actor Emily Kreider, and will include contributions by filmmaker Michael Bickerton.

A collection of over 1500 of Mark’s digital images are to be donated to Exeter Cathedral’s archive after this event, and Mark hopes that these will provide inspiration for future generations.

900 Years of Light takes place at 7.30 on 2, 3 & 4 October.

Tickets are £5 and available from the Cathedral website or at the Cathedral.

For further information: Gillian Taylor 07768 458601

Full Article by Gillian Taylor

Exeter Cathedral
"900 Years of Light"
900 Years of Light
Exeter Cathedral 
Wed/Thur/Fri 2/3/4 October 7.30pm
Introduction by Emily Kreider
Lecture by Crispian Steele-Perkins
(baroque trumpeter) - trumpets through the ages
40 minute video installation by Mark Bickerton
(featuring images of the cathedral)
leading into stills photography and poetry
(recited by Emily Kreider)

exploring the Cathedral's history
composed by Mark Ware
accompanied by 'Lyric Strings' trio
violin: Patricia Calnan  viola: George Robertson
'cello: Nicola Thomas
and trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins
Tickets: £5
01392 285983 or book online:

The Academy of Ancient Music - 40th Anniversary Message from Music Director Richard Egarr

Looking back on 40 years of baroque and classical music

On 17–19 September 1973, Christopher Hogwood gathered together a group of musicians in a recording studio in London. The Academy of Ancient Music was born. This week we celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Since 1973 we've made over 300 recordings and performed thousands of concerts across the globe — and so it's been a difficult task to chose highlights from the past four decades. But from our complete Mozart symphony cycle (described as "the most important recording of the 80s") to a 2009 performance of Purcell in a Roman amphitheatre in Libya, we've compiled some of our favourite moments in a new timeline on our website (

Music making depends on three things: composers, musicians and audiences. We're spoilt for choice in the first two regards. But we also never forget how indebted we are to you, our audience, for your support and enthusiasm. The past forty years simply wouldn't have happened without you; we look forward to continuing to make music with you for many years to come.

Richard Egarr Music Director

Visit our new timeline on the AAM website (

We've also gathered together thoughts on the AAM from a number of people within and outside the musical world.

Teju Cole, writer and photographer: “I first became aware of a certain aural magic when I heard the AAM about fifteen years ago. The hairpin turns reminded me of a classic car racing along country roads, all exhilaration and control..."

Tim West, actor: “If I were asked to find something to criticise about the Academy of Ancient Music, it could only be its name. There is nothing rigidly Academic about their approach, nor is their Music essentially Ancient: I have heard them play Mendelssohn with the same intelligent, loving care that they give to Corelli. What distinguishes their concerts is their desire to communicate, in presentation and performance, their affection and respect for pieces which very often audiences are hearing for the first time.”

 - Read further perspectives and add your own (

Bach Society Cantata & Concert of Baroque Music Exeter Cathedral at 7pm Sunday 27 October 2013 Press Release from ESB Chair Juliet Meadowcroft

Johann Sebastian Bach
Oil on canvas
Elias Gottlob Haussman
Leipzig 1746

The Exeter Bach Society is staging
a Recital of Baroque Music
in Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
on Sunday 27 October
with guitarist Clive Betts
flautist Leonie Stevenson-Jones
and soprano Mary OShea.

The programme includes music
by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Dowland
& Sylvius Leopold Weiss (Bach’s friend)

The recital begins at 7pm
after a special evening service in the Cathedral,
starting at 6 pm, during which
the Exeter Bach Society Choir
and St Peters Singers
perform Bach’s Cantata 139.
Tickets: £10 (student £5)
Exeter Phoenix Ticket Agency (01392 667080),
online from WeGotTickets
or at the door.

With many thanks for your support.

Juliet Meadowcroft

EBS Chairman

Some other Bach Soc events to look out for . . .

Morning Coffee with Bach
St Stephen's Church
Exeter Bach Society
 & Opus Classical
St Stephen's Church Exeter
Saturday 28 September 9.30-12.30am
Home-made cakes, cups of coffee &
Light music by the master - J S Bach
plus a chance to buy CDs & DVDs
from 'Opus Classical'
(No longer in the Guildhall, but
  still operating online)
website - email - or telephone:
Nola White 01392 214044

David Davies
Exeter Bach Society
St Peter's Singers
Exeter Cathedral Quire
Sunday 27 October 6pm
Director: David Davies
J S Bach: Cantata BWV 139

"Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen
 Gottrecht kindlich kan verlassen."
(Happy is the man, who can
  rely on his god like a child.)
This is an Anglican church service
(no charge for admission)

Clive Betts
Mary O'Shea
Mary O'Shea & Clive Betts
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Sunday 27 October 7pm
Recital of music for soprano & guitar
in conjunction with Exeter Bach Society
Special Guest: Leonie Stevenson-Jones
Tickets: £10 (student £5)
Exeter Phoenix 01392 667989
£11 online at We Got Tickets
Front of House, Roger Churchwood:
01392 468867

Exeter Bach Society
Saint Cecilia
Guido Reni 1606
Southernhay United Reformed Church
Saturday 23 November 7.30pm
Musical Director: David Davies
Organist: Jonathan Watts
Soprano: Daisy Walford
Counter Tenor: Laurence Blyth
Tenor:  Michael Graham
Bass: Matthew Cann
Henry Purcell: 'Hail, Bright Cecilia'
George Frideric Handel: two coronation anthems
- "My Heart is Inditing" & "Zadok the Priest"
Benjamin Britten: 'Rejoice in the Lamb'
Peter Philips: 'Cantanbibus Organis'
Tickets: £12 (advance £10)
Exeter Phoenix Box Office: 01392 667080
Roger Churchwood: 01392 468876

Paul Spicer
from Birmingham Bach Society
(Photo: Merryn Lloyd)
Exeter Bach Society
South Street Baptist Church
Saturday 22 February 9.30am-5pm
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Tickets: £16
(includes hire of sheet-music)
Book early!
Gill Manning 01392 255177
EBS Website

John Butt
Exeter Bach Society
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
Sunday 16 March 7pm
"This is the Record of John"
Speaker: John Butt
(BBC Producer & Conductor)
on his recent recording of
J S Bach's "St John Passion"
with the Dunedin Consort
(EBS will be performing
The John Passion on 29 March)
Tickets: £8

David Davies
Exeter Bach Society
Mint Methodist Church Exeter
Saturday 29 March 7pm
Conductor: David Davies
Evangelist: Richard Rowntree
Details of other soloists to follow
Tickets: £15
EBS Website

Killerton House Chapel
Exeter Bach Society
Killerton House Chapel
Saturday 17 May 5.30pm
Madrigals & Folksongs

Conductor: David Davies
Tickets: £8
EBS Website

Look out for updates on

Earworms: Exeter Phoenix Sunday 29 Sept 2013 Exciting live-interactive music event for young children Press release from Julie Hill

Isca Voices
(back row centre - Eleanor Partridge)

Launching at Exeter Phoenix
Sunday September 29th 2013 2pm

Alex Norgate
tutor at
Earworms are a new series of family friendly concerts, hosted by Mervyn Bedford and featuring a wide range of musicians and musical styles. Suitable for children from 0 to 11 years old.

We are delighted that for our first concert, local choir Isca Voices will be singing alongside beat-boxer Alex Norgate. The choir of ex-girl-choristers from Exeter Cathedral will sing a range of music from their repertoire alongside spectacular vocal techniques from Alex.

Mervyn Bedford
The concerts are fully family friendly and will be presented by Mervyn Bedford, well known locally for his very popular 'Musikgarten' classes.

The concerts will run alongside the Family Sunday events already popular at Exeter Phoenix. Future events are planned for October 27th and November 24th 2013.

Tickets are £3 and all over two years or £10 for a family of up to five. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 01392 491079, or come along on the day.

Our new and frequently updated blog will have all the latest information and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, email

Monday, 16 September 2013

Updated details of Chagford Film Festival 2013 Including even more films and events to enjoy! Special Feature: 'Nosferatu' (1922) with live harp accompaniment by Elizabeth Jane Baldry

Tony Hawks
Director of
'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis'
Opens Chagford Film Festival 2013


(Opened by Comedian & Writer, Tony Hawks)

Fantasy Film Memorabilia
An Exhibition
St Michael's Church
every day 11am-4pm

- including props and costumes from
the lastest Chagford Filmmakers Production

Cult Corner
Film Extracts
Globe Inn Lounge Bar
every night 8-11pm

Monday - Gala Opening

Globe Theatre Chagford
Monday 23 September 7pm (ends 11pm)
Directors: Tony HawksMikolaj Jaroszewicz
Starring:   Tony HawksStephen FrostAnatol Durbala
Tickets: £15

Gala Opening - wine & canapés
Gypsy Swing Band & Globe Inn Choir

(Movie followed by Q&A with Tony Hawks!)

Tuesday - Two Great Movies 

Globe Cinema Chagford
Tuesday 24 September 7.30pm

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio
Tickets: £6.50

St Michael's Church Chagford
Tuesday 24 September 8pm
Directors: Oliver NakacheEric Toledano
Starring: Francois CluzetOmar Sy
Tickets: £6.50

Wednesday - Local Film Makers
E.J.'s harp!

Globe Cinema Chagford
Wednesday 25 September 11am-4pm

A day of movies by local artists . . .
Details: TBC

(Jackie Juno's 'Reincarnation Street'
  will be screened at 11pm - see below)

Silent Movie with Live Harp Accompaniment
specially composed and performed by
Elizabeth Jane Baldry

Ellen Hutter meets Count Orlok
(Greta Schröder & Max Schreck)
Jubilee Hall Chagford
Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm
(Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror)
1922 German Expressionist Silent Horror Movie
Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Starring: Max Schreck as Count Orlok
              Greta Schröder as Ellen Hutter
Tickets: £12

Globe Cinema Chagford
Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm
A Documentary Reconstruction
of the 2008 K2 Disaster
Director: Nick Ryan
Starring: Christine BarnesHoselito Bite
Tickets: £6.50

Q&A with Nick Ryan!

Jackie Juno
Globe Cinema Chagford
Wednesday 25 September 11pm
A Totnes Animation
Creator: Jackie Juno
Voices: Jackie JunoMatt Roper
Admission FREE

Thursday - Writing Workshop,
Classic Film, & HORROR!

Lucy Moore
Globe Hotel Chagford
Thursday 26 September 10am-4pm
Lucy Moore & Stephen Saunders
Admission FREE

Endecot House Chagford
Thursday 26 September 2.30pm
Director: Walter Lang
Starring: Yul BrynnerDeborah Kerr
Tickets: £3.50

- includes tea and cakes!

Jubilee Hall Chagford
Thursday 26 September 7pm
Directors: Heike BachelierAndy Heathcote
Starring: Stephen Hook
Tickets: £10

Introduction by Andy Heathcote!

with wine & local cheeses
from Best Cellars & The Cheese Shed

three horror movies in a row
The Globe Cinema Chagford
Thursday 26 September

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony HopkinsJanet Leigh
Tickets: £5

Director: Matthias Hoene
Starring: Rasmus HardikerMichelle Ryan

Tickets: £6.50

Introduction and Q&A with
Producer: James Harris

"BAD TASTE" (1987)
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Peter Jackson
Tickets: £5

£12 ! ! !

Friday - Special Effects Day
Live Blues Brothers Tribute

Jose Granell
with his model of Hogwarts Castle
Globe Hotel Chagford
Friday 27 September 10am - 3pm
Presenter: Stephen Saunders
Featuring work by: Jose Granell
Admission FREE

Globe Cinema Chagford
Friday 27 September 7.30pm
Director: Eran Riklis
Starring: Stephen Dorff
Followed by Q&A with producer Gareth Unwin
Tickets: £7.50

Jubilee Hall Chagford
Friday 27 September 7.30pm
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan AckroydJohn Belushi
Followed by live dance music by
The Blues Brothers Tribute Band
Tickets: £15

Saturday - Make-Up, Pathé Newsreels, 
Brass Band Gala Screening Finale

Hannah Wing
Globe Hotel Chagford
Saturday 28 September 10am - 1pm
(with background screening of Blake Edwards'
1961 classic 'Breakfast at Tiffany's')
Hannah Wing
(author of 'The Vintage Beauty Parlour' 2013)
Tickets: £10 - including breakfast

Globe Cinema Chagford
Saturday 28 September 2pm - 4pm
(20th Century History in Film)
Presenter: Ron Saunders
Tickets: £6.50

The Square Chagford
Saturday 28 September 2.15-4pm
Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band
No charge to attend!

Endecott House Chagford
Saturday 28 September 7.45pm
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellanMartin Freeman
Tickets: £10

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
& Norman Wanstall
at the 2012 Award Ceremony
Globe Cinema Chagford
Saturday 28 September 9pm
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellanMartin Freeman
Tickets: £15 includes limo' & Moët

Reception: 6.30pm

Award Ceremony + Q&A: 8pm

Tickets can be booked in advance:

The Globe Inn Chagford
Graham Flight/Mary French

01647 433485