Friday, 10 January 2014

Classical Journey 10am Tuesday 14 January 2014

Farewell to John Scarfe
Coffee & Music at Broadclyst
Saturday 18 January 10.30am
Piano: John Scarfe
Mezzo Soprano: Rebecca Smith
Baritone: Gareth Keene


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Project Manager Linda Higson
Tuesday's programme will open with Romantic music this week. The opening Allegro con Molto from Antonin Dvořák's Eighth Symphony. Listen out for the pastoral theme from the flutes in the first minute - leading to a single sustained flute note with string and tympani accompaniment. What an opening! As the full orchestra bends to the task that little theme returns in the background, eventually being taken up by that fabulous instrument, the cor anglais.

Many other instruments get their chance to shine, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, even the diminutive but strident piccolo, not to mention 'cellos, trumpets, French horns. Rusty (and not so rusty) musicians might listen and think, "If only I'd kept up the practising, that could be me". Well, now it can!

Following 16 years of 'Rusty Musicians' community music days, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is coming to Devon for 'Dvořák in a Day' at West Exe School in Exeter on Saturday 23 February. Conductor Kevin Smith will hold workshops from 10am until 5pm, followed by an informal concert performance for family and friends - alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

There will be further details on the Classical Journey nearer the time, of course. In the meantime, the BSO Project Manager, Linda Higson, will join us after the Allegro Con Brio, at 10.15am, to tell us all about this very exciting and unique opportunity. Anyone of reasonable standard (Grade V or above) can have the chance to play with a professional orchestra. Applications are invited now. (See details below.)

Anthos Arts - Artistic Adviser (& Arts Awards Adviser) Emma-Rose Payne
At 11.15am we will be joined by another guest with a similar project to discuss. Emma-Rose Payne of Anthos Arts theatre project will be talking about an opportunity for young aspiring actors. Emma will discuss their new production 'Wings in the Way'. Rehearsals will be every Saturday, from February onwards. Anyone from 14 to 16 years old can join in and develop their acting skills. There will also be opportunities to learn directing and technical skills.

Applications are invited from Wednesday 15 January to Saturday 25 January. Contact Emma-Rose by email:

'Wings in the Way' is only a working title. The completed work will be the combined creation of everyone involved. A great way to learn about the theatre from the ground up. Membership is free and, for a small fee, members can enter for Nationally accredited Arts Awards. Emma-Rose will be able to tell us all we need to know about the scheme and how to get involved.

More Exciting Opportunities in 2014

Exeter University Theatre Company
There will be a lot more to think about on Tuesday's programme. Exeter University Theatre Company (EUTCo) are currently in rehearsal for Tracy Letts' 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play "August: Osage County". The play is on at the Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 5 February until Saturday 8 February.

There will be a chance on the evening of Wednesday 29 January to join a script reading at the University. (Technically, this is for over 50s only - but it's hard to imagine younger people would be excluded!) "The Play's the Thing"

Dan McNiell co-directed last year's EUTCo  production with Harry Kingscott. The perfromance run was in the University Music and Drama (M&D) Room in March. Dan and Harry joined us in the Phonic FM studio for a very special 'Mighty Book' with Gill Hopkins and Abigail Marlow to discuss Anthony Burgess's novel, Stanley Kubrick's screen production, and Burgess's stage version of 'A Clockwork Orange".

Dan thoroughly recommends taking on the Directing challenge. Applications for this terms production in the M&D Room closed last Friday. Proposals were discussed on Sunday. Watch this space for developments. Anyone interested in proposing future EUTCo productions can still contact the Artistic Directors, Sheena Drainer ( or Katie Goodsell (

Young Musicians Platform Competition - Enter now!
Since the inauguration of the Two Moors Festival in 2001, Penny Adie has held a yearly competition for young people in Devon. The winners perform at a special concert during the Two Moors Festival. As the name implies, winning is a great platform for a young musician's skills. Many past winners are now well known to all. Morwenna del Mar and Tamsin Waley-Cohen won in the very first year. Other, now familiar, names include, Veronika Shoot, Tansy Bennett, Molly Lopresti Richards, Lucy Bray and - featuring on 'Classical Journey' on 22 October 2013 - Korean violin virtuoso Anna Im.

Applications are now invited for this year's competition. DEADLINE Friday 31 January! (The Application Form can be downloaded here.) Any musician (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano, singer) can apply. Age limit is 18 on 1st January 2014. Applicants must be at school in the South West. Minimum standard Grade VII. Maximum number of places 60 - first come, first served! Auditions begin in March - and the winners will play in a special concert at this year's Two Moors Festival (16-25 October).

Exeter University Choral Society - The Armed Man . . . Muezzin needed
The University Choral Society rehearse every Monday Night at Kay House, Streatham Campus with their new Director of Music Roberto Gallo. They are currently working on "The Armed Man" by Karl Jenkins for a performance at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 15 March. The music requires a soloist to sing the Muslim 'Adhan' or call to prayer. If anyone is able and willing to sing at the concert, or help a Society member learn the part, their President, Kit Fotheringham, would love to hear from you. email:

Fiona McLean-Buechel
Joined Up Thinking Projects Music - 2014 Rehearsals
Fiona McLean-Buechel has published the 2014 venues and dates for rehearsals by South West Camarata, Tutti, and Camaratinis. Any young string players at school in the East or South Devon area is welcome to go along and join in. Full details on the JUTP website.

South West Music School - Volunteers needed
South West Youth Orchestra and South West Music School application forms are being mailed out soon. Anyone who can give some time on Wednesday 22 January (and possibly Thursday 23 January) to help with the mailouts would be very welcome. If you can help please email James - by this Wednesday (15 January). The more the merrier!

Rebecca Smith
John Scarfe - Farewell Concert Saturday 18 January
Over the years many delightful classical concerts have been organised at Broadclyst Parish Church by organist John Scarfe. John has appeared on Phonic FM several times, providing piano accompaniment for other musicians, notably baritone Gareth Keene, clarinettist Sally Kirby and soprano Mary O'Shea.

Sadly the time has come for John to leave the parish. On Saturday 18 January, John will host one last 'Coffee and Music' concert in the Church at 10.30am. He will be piano accompanist as always and will be joined by two 'Coffee and Music' regulars, Gareth Keene and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Smith.

Late News from Ruth Molins
Any composers looking for a public outlet?
a vocal trio and percussion duo are looking for
compositions to perform, broadcast and record.
Deadline for entries - Friday 31 January
Full Details

Rundown of events this week:

Jesse Molins
The Other Compass
The Globe, Newtown (Exeter)
Tuesday 14 January 8.30pm
Guitar: Jesse MolinsMike Outram
Sax/clarinet: Charlie Henshaw
Keyboard: Billy Bottle
Bass Guitar: Al Swainger
Percussion: Coach York
Admission FREE
Info: The Globe 01392 435279

Elle Williams
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 15 January 12.30pm
Soprano: Elle Williams            SAD NEWS!
Piano: David Davies            ELLE IS UNABLE
Admission FREE              TO SING THIS TIME

New Booking:
Soprano: Joan Edgecombe

Piano: David Lee

Emma Graham
Music at St Michael's
St Michael and All Angels Church
Mount Dinham Exeter
Wednesday 15 January 7.30pm
Emma Graham & Liz Grier
Admission FREE
For further details contact
Matthew Wright
for details of church activities services

Anthos Arts
Wednesday 15 January - Saturday 25 January
Applications invited for collaboration in
Anyone 14-16 years old in Exeter/Torbay/Newton Abbot
(and some areas in North Devon) interested in:
Acting & Improvisation
Physical Theatre and Dance
Social Engaged Arts and Creative Writing
Ways of Applying Theatre in the Community
- and contributing to the new play "Wings in the Way"
(Meeting at Exeter Phoenix Café Sat 25 Jan 12-2pm
  for anyone who has questions prior to signing up)
Rehearsals every Saturday 11am-4pm from 8 February
(Various locations including Exeter Phoenix & Thornlea Studios)
Membership FREE

Charge for Arts Awards: Bronze £20 Silver £25
(2x Hardship Funds available towards award & transport)
Arts Award Website  Anthos Arts Website & Facebook Page
Contact: (christian name.)

Artistic Adviser & Arts Award Advisor: Emma-Rose Payne
Assistant Director: Victoria Fullick
Production & Stage Manager: Eloise Tong
Project Manager: Laura McNiell
Telephone: 07772 154249

Substance and Shadow Theatre Co

Exeter Bikeshed Theatre
Fri 17 & Sat 18 January 8.30pm
by Midge & Rosie Mullin
The Silver Jubilee, London 1977
Punk Rock, Anarchy and Chaos
Tickets: £10
Box Office: 01392 434169
Bikeshed Website

Exeter Festival Chorus
Belmont Chapel Western Way Exeter
Saturday 18 January 10am-5pm
(registration 9.30pm)
Spring Symphony
Peter Grimes: ("Old Joe has gone Fishing")
Tickets: £9-18
0845 6005441
book online
choir website

John Scarfe & Gareth Keene
Coffee Music
Broadclyst Parish Church
Saturday 18 January 10.30am
Piano: John Scarfe
Mezzo Soprano: Rebecca Smith
Baritone:  Gareth Keene
Admission FREE

Laurence Blyth
Exmouth Choral Society
Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
Saturday 18 January 7.30pm
Conductor: Laurence Blyth
Organist: Andrew Millington
Felix Mendelssohn: "ELIJAH"
Tickets: £12 (U18 FREE)
Advance Booking: £10

Exeter Contemporary Sounds
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Sunday 19 January 2pm
Suitable for family with children
from babies to 11 years.
Guests: Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra
Host: Mervyn Bedford
Tickets: £4.50 (child £3 U2 FREE)
01392 493493 or book online
Northcott website / Earworms website

Coming Up Soon:

Première: 28 June 2007
Steppenwolf Theatre
Exeter University Theatre Company
Venue TBC - near Exeter Northcott
Wednesday 29 January 6pm
Script Reading (over 50s only)
1. August: Osage County

Winner of the Pulitzer Drama Prize 2008
Tracy Letts' dark comedy about a

dysfuncional Oklahoma family in crisis.
(Theatre run: Wed 5 Feb - Sat 8 Feb)
Tickets: £3.50
Box Office: 01392 493493 10am-6pm Mon-Sat
(8 plays & 1 opera included up to June - see all

Conductor: Kevin Smith
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians
Play with the B.S.O.
West Exe School Exeter
Sunday 23 February 10am
(registration 9.30am, lunch 1-2pm,
      informal concert at 4pm)
All musicians who have reached

Grade V or above are welcome
to join in preparing & performing
Antonin DvořákSymphony No 8
Conductor: Kevin Smith
Admission: £30 (U18 £15)
Project Manager: Linda Higson
01202 644707
BSO Website  download booking form

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