Sunday, 27 April 2014

Classical Journey 10am Tuesday 29 April 2014 Choral Evensong at Exeter Cathedral with Colyton Grammar School Senior Choir and David House

Colyton Grammar School Senior Choir
Choral Evensong at Exeter Cathedral
Conductor: David House
Wednesday 23 April

On Wednesday the President at Choral Evensong in the Cathedral was Canon Treasurer Ian Morter. After an organ voluntary by Mark Perry, and introductory prayers and responses by the choir, Canon Morter explained that the Cathedral Choir were taking their 'Post Easter Recess' and the music was being provided by the Colyton Grammar School Senior Choir conducted by the Head of Music at Colyton Grammar School, David House.

Colyton Grammar School
Senior Choir

sing in the Cathedral Quire
Organist: Mark Perry
A beautiful performance of Psalm 105, "O give thanks unto the Lord. Call upon his name", was followed by a reading from "The Song of Solomon". The choir then prefaced, and followed, a reading from The Matthew Gospel Chapter 28 with Thomas Tertius Noble's "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor". Noble had slightly adjusted the words of the dismissal to create a gently lyrical song with colourful organ accompaniment.

The Nunc Dimittis was not the end of the choral service, however. The choir sang William Smith's "Preces & Responses" without accompaniment. Each prayer was lovingly delivered by a solo soprano (name as yet unknown!) followed by perfectly timed and controlled answering words from the full choir. Prayers for Intercession were followed by an anthem with organ, "Most Glorious Lord of Life" by Bob Chilcott. Finally the clergy left the quire, and the congregation broke up to the sound of another organ voluntary played by Mark Perry.

David House had prepared the choir meticulously, and the performance at the service was confident and controlled, while also being extremely moving. The Colyton students filled the Cathedral with emotive and sweet sound. During the service, there was no mention of how often the Colyton Choir would be coming to the Cathedral, but Colyton music teacher, Melanie Lester, explained that the school's choral evensong is now an annual event. We can look out for a return visit just after Easter 2015.

More Exciting Events in the Week to Come

Duncan Honeybourne
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 30 April 12.30pm
Duncan Honeybourne
Admission FREE

Four of Swords Theatre Company
Midge Mullin is Lord Macbeth

(Photo Matt Austin)
Four of Swords Theatre Company
Beer Quarry Caves
Wednesday 30 April - Saturday May 10
(8pm with 5pm matinee on Saturdays)
A mobile show lasting 70 minutes
- comfortable shoes &
        warm clothes recommended
Tickets: £10
Box Office: Exeter Bike Shed
01392 434169  online

Concert Theatre
Concert Theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Thursday 1 May 7.30pm
in association with Trestle Theatre
Directors: An-Ting ChangRussell Bender
Piano: An-Ting Chang
                 Arabella Pare
                         Bella Chen
Performers: Alex Hehman
                    Ban Hadley
                      Kim Heron
                        Monikc Lindeman
                          Nektarios Teodorou
Tickets: £14 (student/child £10)
Box Office: 01392 271808
(10am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Book Online   Concert Theatre Website

A.J's Big Band

A.J's Big Band
Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Friday 2 May 8pm
17 Piece brass orchestra
featuring: Chris Gradwell
Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman
Duke Ellington
Soprano: Paula Mitchell
Tickets: £15.50
Box Office: 01392 271808
(10am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Book Online

Richard MitchellBen Pennington
Sarah PenningtonZoe Fitzsimmons
The Starling Octet
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Saturday 3 May 7.30pm
Claudio Monteverdi
Luca Marenzio
Morten Lauridsen
Soprano: Mary O'Shea Hayward
                                 Zoe Fitzsimmons
Alto: Marion WoodSarah Pennington
Tenor: Ben PenningtonNeville Gibbings
Bass: Malcolm FieldRichard Mitchell
Tickets: £8 (concession £5)

Daughters of Elvin
St. Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Saturday 3 May 7.30pm
Hurdy Gurdy/Gothic Harp/Cittern: Steve Tyler
Bagpipes/Recorders/Shawm: Katy Marchant
Shawm/Recorders: Ann Allen
Percussion: Colin Seddon
Soprano: Alison Burnett
Daughters of Elvin
(seen here at Dartington Hall
Sunday 5 December 2010)
Music from Medieval Europe exploring the progress
of time through the seasons with springtime songs
of love and longing from 13th Century France & England,
summer-time ballatas from 14th Century Italy,
joyous carnival songs of harvest time and hunting from
14th & 15th Century Italy and wintery ballads of hardship,
longing and death from 13th Century Spain, England & France;
illustrated with interesting readings of seasonal recipes
and anecdotes from the period.
Tickets: £12 (student/U18 £5) at the door

Exeter Contemporary Sounds

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Sunday 4 May 2pm
Suitable for families with children
from babies to 11 years.
John Williams: "Star Wars"
     ("May the 4th" be with you!)
Julian Rippon
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue for String Quartet
Leroy Anderson: "The Typewriter"
     (for String Quartet & Typist)
Michael Nyman: "In Re Don Giovanni"
John Flansburgh & John Linnell:
      "They Might Be Giants" for Baritone
Ralf Hütter & Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk):
      "Das Modell" for String Quartet
Steve Reich: "Diff'rent Trains
     (Mvt I with accompanying train video)
Simon Belshaw: "Between Moon and Earth"
     (Opening sequence with video & sound montage)
     "Music Machine 1" (with audience participation)
Violin: Julie HillEmma Welton
Viola: Andrew Gillett  'Cello: Jane Pyrie
Baritone & Typist: Julian Rippon
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
Host: Mervyn Bedford
Tickets: £4.50 (child £3 U2 FREE)
01392 493493 or book online
Northcott website / Earworms website
Exeter Contemporary Sounds FB Page

Hilary Boxer
The Eloquent Guitar
Lympstone Parish Church
Sunday 4 May 4pm
Guitar: David Cottam
'Cello: Hilary Boxer
Tickets: £7 (U16 £1)

All Four Concerts: £20
( 6 April / 4 May / 1 June / 29 June )
Demelza Henderson: 2 Brook Cottages
01395 272243  07516 322853
John Welton: 01395 271915

'Cello ricochet: Elie Fruchter
Flugelhorn sampling: Tim Sayer

(October Jazzlab 2013)
The Bay Horse Totnes
Sunday 4 May 8.30-11pm
Piano: Sam Richards
Soprano Saxophone: Andy Visser
Flugelhorn/Electronics: Tim Sayer
Double Bass: David George
Admission FREE

Artavian Baroque
(photo: Clive Boursnell)
John Marston & Friends
The Coach House,Bishops Tawton
Barnstaple  EX32 0EJ 
Monday 5 May 5pm
Artavian Baroque
Violin: Diane Moore
Flute: Byron Mahoney
Viola da Gamba: Ibi Aziz
Harpsichord: John Marston
Soprano. Ellie Laugharne
Georg Philipp Telemann: Paris Quartets
Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonata for Violin & Viola da Gamba
Dieterich Buxtehude: Sonata for  Violin & Viola da Gamba
Jean-Philippe Rameau/Beneddetto Marcello: Opera Arias
Tickets: £25
Box Office: 01271 32320

JanJoost van Elburg

Blackdowns Early Music Projects

Church of St John the Evangelist, Wellington
Monday 5 May 6.30pm
An exciting programme of Renaissance and
Early Baroque polychoral music, exploring
200 years of composition from Spain & Portugal
Musical Director: JanJoost van Elburg
Blackdown Early Music Projects
Cross-Strung Harp: Frances Kelly
Bajon: Keith McGowan
Organ: Steven Hollas
Tickets: £12 (student £8 U12 FREE)
Taunton Tourist Info: 01823 336344
'Cloud 9' in Wellington: 01823 667666
Book Online
Blackdowns Early Music Projects Website

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