Sunday, 26 January 2014

"The Mighty Book" 10am Tuesday 28 January 2014

Gill Hopkins
presents "The Mighty Book"

As January 2014 draws to a close, 'Classical Journey' gives way to 'The Mighty Book' once more.

Gill Hopkins' familiar voice will be on the airwaves to discuss her latest predilections in literature. Perhaps we'll return to the topic of Tom Vowler's first novel, 'What Lies Within'. Perhaps the subject this month will be something quite different.

Meanwhile the musical life of Exeter and Devon continues to thrive.

Josephine Pickering was at Glenorchy on Wednesday for a recital of duets with David Lee. This Wednesday she'll be back again with Rosemary and Philip Henry from Topsham. (NOT to be confused with Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry from Woodbury!)

More details of Josephine's concert, and many other exciting events this week (extensively updated!), are at the end of this post.

The Northcott Theatre are starting a new initiative - a read-through of an up-coming play, open to participation by members of the public. ('The Play's The Thing': Wednesday evening)

Author and promoter of women's writing, Julie Sampson, will be at Exeter Phoenix to read from, and discuss, her newly published collection of poetry, "Tessitura". ('Uncut Poets': Thursday evening)

Meanwhile, conductor Kees Bakels will be at Exeter University Great Hall with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to treat classical music fans to Beethoven's Third Symphony. As if that were not enough, pianist Roland Brautigan will play Mozart's Concerto No 22. (BSO: Thursday evening)

On Friday Totnes Music Now & Soundart Radio will present the long awaited, inaugural Nonclassical night at The Barrel House in Totnes as part of Soundart's First Spark Festival.
Eliza Jacobs and David Stanley will play extracts from Karlheinz Stockhausen's 'Musik im Bauch' (Music in the Belly) composition, "Tierkreis" (Zodiak).
Lona Kozik will perform her new composition for piano electronics and visuals.
Elie Fruchter will join Lona for a performance of Darius Milhaud's surrealist ballet "Le Boeuf sur le Toit" (The Ox on the Roof).
There will also be compositions by Soundart Radio Creative Director, Lucinda Guy
And - pièce de résistance - every audience member is invited to bring a wind-up metronome and take part in György Ligeti's "Poeme Symphonique pour 100 Métronomes". (Totnes Nonclassical: Friday evening)

Whether you're a singer or an instrumentalist, there is a workshop to suit you on Saturday.

Cathedral Organist and Musical Director, Andrew Millington, will be at Exeter's Mint Methodist Church (Fore Street, Town Centre) for an all day workshop exploring J S Bach's "Mass in B minor". (Choral Workshop: all day Saturday)

At the same time, at Plymouth University, conductor Rupert Bond will lead a highly educational day with Hector Berlioz' "Symphonie Fantastique". Specialist tuition is available for strings, woodwind and brass players. Cost to take part - nil! (Orchestral Workshop: all day Saturday)

Rupert's workshop will surely include several members of Fiona McLean-Buechel's 'Joined Up Thinking Projects, Music' (which has given rise to 'South West Camerata' and 'Nonclassical'). South West Camerata will then rush to the Plymouth Pavilions for an early evening performance of the Plymouth Youth Music Service annual concert, 'Tune in to Youth'. (Details about how to join JUTPMusic are included below.)

On Sunday Totnes Music Now & Soundart Radio will be back in action at The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey. The plan there is to combine the mechanical sounds of Alex Schmid's giant bagatelle "Snooki" with the polished classical sounds at least eight accomplished string players, including musicians from Torbay and Plymouth Symphony Orchestras, Plymouth students and a special guest double bassist - Pat Butterly. In addition, Elie Fruchter will be there with his 'cello - along with Hilary Lade, Martin Kent, Ruth Ayling, Lindsay Hughes, Tiggy Saint (Carole Tiggy) and John McNicholas. (Transparent Music: Sunday afternoon)

(Specific details of all these events below.)

This Week's Highlights:

Dorothy Worthington to take a break.
One last outstanding lunchtime concert.
Sidmouth Parish Church
Friday 24 January

Piano: Dorothy Worthington
Soprano: Val Howels
"Peregúntale a las Estrellas"
Franz Schubert: "Ganymed"
"Rain has Fallen"
(James Joyce/Samuel Barber)
"The Owl & the Pussycat"
(Edward Lear/Mátyás Seiber)
"Christopher Robin"
(A.A.Milne/Harold Fraser-Simson)
Serious appreciation for
a special pianist:
Dorothy Worthington
A sensational combination:
Dorothy Worthington
Val Howels

Anthos Arts and "Wings in the Way" - all systems go!

Exeter Phoenix Café
Anthos Arts Directors
Victoria Fullick & Emma-Rose Payne
Meet prospective Arts Awards candidates
Saturday 25 January
Edgecumbe Omniscope embraces the future - of 1955!
"Cinerama Holiday"
Sidmouth Methodist Hall
Saturday 26 January (Matinée & Evening Performance)

Michael Edgecumbe
reveals his high-tech
cinema screen
Purpose built for Cinerama

Michael explains the wonders
of 'Smilebox' remastering

which takes the audience to
St Moritz & Davos!
Interval refreshments!
A Paris taxi ride
to a lively restaurant
and a screening of 'Cinerama Holiday'
Finally, aboard a F9F-5 Panther
for a flight from a US aircraft carrier

- and much, much more!
Two hours of amazing stereo sound and vision.

- Flying through the alps, enjoying 'Holiday on Ice',
New Orleans jazz and a New Hampshire harvest fair.

Amazing! - see the Amazon Review

Edgecumbe Omniscope Digital Cinema

is back on Saturday 22 February
with another Louis de Rochemont
Cinerama classic from 1958
"Windjammer" (see preview)

Next Week's Highlights:

& Josephine Pickering
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 29 January 12.30pm
Piano, Soprano & Woodwind Recital
Admission FREE

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


Uncut Poets

Exeter Phoenix 'Black Box'
Thursday 30 January 7.30pm
Hosts: Gemma Green
           & Alasdair Paterson
Julie Sampson will read from her new
Shearsman Books publication
(Launched 25 January 2014
  at Taunton Memorial Hall)
Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01392 667080
Julie Sampson
To Participate: 07885 809394
Julie's website: SW Women Writers
Julie's Scrapblog: A Writer from the SW
Twitter: @julieEsampson

Broadclyst Theatre Group
Broadclyst Victory Hall
Thursday/Friday 30/31 January 7.30pm
Saturday 1 February 5.30pm  (sold out)
Tickets: £8 (child £5)
01392 464496  book online

Mozart Piano Concerto
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Exeter University Great Hall
Friday 31 January 7.30pm
Wolfgang Mozart: 'Impressario' Overture
Wolfgang Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22
Ludwig van Beethoven: 3rd Symphony
Conductor: Kees Bakels
Piano Soloist: Roland Brautigam
Tickets: £16-£20.50 (reductions for groups)
Under 16s: £8.50-£10.50
Book using link on BSO website

György Ligeti: "Poeme Symphonique"
Barrel House Totnes
Friday 31 January 8pm
Digital Music Archive DJ Sets:
Nwando Ebizie (from London Nonclassical)
1. György Ligeti: "Poeme Symphonique"
                             (pour 100 Métronomes)
Coordinator: Sam Richards
2. Francis Dhomont: "Novars"
(Mvt 3 of "Cycle du son" 1989)
3. Jean-Claude Risset: "Sud" (1985)
Recorded by: Sam Richards
3. Darius Milhaud: "Le Boeuf sur le Toit"
(The Ox on the Roof - The Nothing-Doing Bar)
   Don't forget ...
Bring a Metronome!
Piano: "4Hands" (Lona Kozik & Elie Fruchter)
- to accompany Charlie Chaplin: "The Floorwalker"
(NOT Gene Rodemich & Winston Sharples
music for RKO's 1932 re-release of the 1916
Charlie Chaplin/Mutual Film Classic!)
4. Karlheinz Stockhausen"Tierkreis" (Zodiac)
"Pisces", "Aquarius", "Virgo" & "Scorpio" from
 "Musik im Bauch" (Music in the Belly) 1975
Synth Guitar: David Stanley
Electric 'Cello: Eliza Jacobs
5. Lucinda Guy: "Said We Think Feel This"
(Archive interviews about High Cross House)
Electro-Acoustic Music: Lucinda Guy
6. Lona Kozik: "Spectra"
Piano & Electronics: Lona Kozik
Visuals: Sarah Howe
Tickets: £8
Concession: for anyone bringing
a clockwork metronome - £5
Barrel House Website
Nonclassical Facebook Page

Andrew Millington
Exeter Philharmonic Choir
Mint Methodist Church Exeter
Saturday 1 February 10am-5pm
(performance: Saturday 17 May)
Conductor: Andrew Millington
Tickets: £14-16 Scores: £2
01392 499211
Book online

Rupert Bond
Plymouth University Orchestra
Sherwell Centre Plymouth University
Saturday 1 February 10am-4.30pm
(Informal performance at 3.30pm)

Conductor: Rupert Bond

Strings Tutor: Jonathan Hurdle
Woodwind Tutor: Ruth Ballantyne
Brass Tutor: Jamie Dove
Admission FREE
Further Details: 07900 842454

South West Camerata
Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 1 February 6pm
An Annual Concert -
Plymouth Youth Music Services present:
"Elastic Band" Beginner Orchestra
Plymouth Youth Steel
South West Camerata
Plymouth Youth Guitar Ensembles
Plymouth Youth Concert Band
South West Camerata
(Dmitri Shostakovich: "Prelude"
  Karl Jenkins: "Palladio"
   Gary Barlow: "Sing"
     arranged by Camerata violinist
                            James Knowles)
Plymouth Soundhouse Youth Brass
Plymouth Co-operative Big Band
Plymouth Intermediate Youth Orchestra
Tickets: £6 ((U16 FREE)
book online

JUTP Rehearsal
Join JUTP:
2014 Rehearsal Dates -
Alternate Wednesdays
'Tutti' & 'Strings from Scratch': 5-6pm
'South West Camerata' 6-8pm
New players welcome Wed 26 Feb
Alternate Mondays
'Tutti': 5.15-6.30pm
'Camerata': 6-8pm
Alternate Mondays
'Camerata' 6-8pm
New players welcome Mon 24 Feb

"Snooki" at House of Marbles
Transparent Music
House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey
(Pottery Road TQ13 9DS)
Sunday 2 February 2pm
(Alex Schmid's giant marble run)
with string accompaniment
Director: Sam Richards
Admission FREE

Exeter University Chapel Choir
Mary Harris Chapel, Streatham Campus
Sunday 2 February 6pm
Guest Preacher: John Searle OBE
Musical Director: Michael Graham
Organist: David Davies
Phillip Moore: Missa Tempore Paschali
Gustav Holst: Nunc Dimittis
Matthew Cann: Ave Maria
This is an anglican service
There is no charge to attend

Sam Richards
Bay Horse Inn Totnes
Sunday 5 January 8.30pm
Piano: Sam Richards
Flugelhorn: Tim Sayer
Saxophones: Andy Vissar
Double Bass: David George
Admission FREE

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