Monday, 5 May 2014

Classical Journey 10am Tuesday 6 May 2014 - English Touring Opera win prestigious Olivier Award Interview with Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell
Director of Music
English Touring Opera
This Tuesday's "Classical Journey" will be joined by the Musical Director of English Touring Opera, Michael Rosewell. The ETO will be here next Tuesday (13th May), bringing Mozart's "Magic Flute" and two modern operas, Britten's "Paul Bunyan" and Tippett's "King Priam". Michael will have plenty to talk about. He will be conducting "Magic Flute" on Thursday and "King Priam" on Saturday. Also the ETO were awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Oustanding Achievement in Opera on 13th April this year. It was Bunyan and Priam that tipped the scale in favour of ETO. Full details on this morning's programme. (see blogpost for more background)

Michael Rosewell will join us at 11.20. Before that there will be time to hear an extract from the Bach B minor Mass, recorded the previous night at a rehearsal of the East Devon Choral Society for their concert at Tiverton Baptist Church on Saturday (10th May).

Continuing the baroque theme, there will be a new recording of Ben Pennington's "Starling Octet" singing an a capela madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi.

Victoria Fullick, who was in the Phonic FM studio for last Tuesday's Classical Journey, was at St Luke's College in Heavitree Road, Exeter, on Saturday afternoon for a final rehearsal of the inaugural theatre production by Anthos Arts students, "Wings in the Way". The students discussed their work after the rehearsal, and we can hear extracts on today's show.

Hilary Boxer, who is performing in Handel's oratorio "Samson" and Bach's "B Minor Mass" this week, was at Lympstone on Sunday for the second of David Cottam's "Eloquent Guitar" series of concerts. As well as an elaborate Suite in A minor by Bach, they also played several of David's own compositions and some beautiful music by Agustin Barrios. They also played a new composition by Plymtree composer Charles West - a sweet lullaby, which we should be able to include.

Sunday was also the day for the monthly "Earworms" concert for children, put on by Exeter Contemporary Sounds. Baritone Julian Rippon was there to sing for the children, and proved a very talented children's entertainer - the children certainly sat up and took notice of  his voice. Julian also tried his hand at percussion, playing Leroy Anderson's "Typewriter" flawlessly on a genuine Olympia Elite made in 1933 - a new experience for many of the children.

We can hear Anderson's original recording - from 1951. To go with that composer Simon Belshaw has sent a recording of the Contemporary Sounds quartet playing his own composition for video, audio, piano and string quartet, "Between the Moon and the Earth". This definitive recording will transport us on a journey with Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders on the Apollo VIII mission to orbit the moon.

We can also hear a sample of the extraordinary bass clarinet improvisations of Andy Visser at Sam Richards' "Jazzlab" at the Bay Horse in Totnes on Sunday. Later this week, Andy will join Sam, Tim Sayer and friends at the Bakery Yard in Plymouth (on the same night as the B minor Mass - Saturday 10 May) for Plymouth's first 'Nonclassical' night, organised by Plymouth music student Debbie Martindale.

Snapshots from the past week

Exodus Choir
Eucharist for the Feast of St Mark
Matt Cann: "O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem"
Exeter Cathedral Tuesday 29 April
Conductor: Matt Cann
Baritone: Julian Rippon

Duncan Honeybourne
Weymouth Pianist
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 30 April
brings newly discovered music
by Greville Cooke &
Archy Rosenthal
(Left: Margaret Chave)
including an
unpublished manuscript

Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Dylan Thomas: "Under Milk Wood"
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Tuesday - Saturday
29 April - 3 May

Concert Theatre Company
" Rite of Spring / Romeo & Juliet "
Barnfield Theatre Thursday 1 May
(anticlockwise from the top)
Alex Lehman (Friar Lawrence & Benvolio)
Nectarios Theodorou (Mercutio & Paris)
Gemma Greet (Stage Manager)
Belle Chan & An-Ting Chang (Piano)
Monica Lindeman (Tybalt, Nurse)
Ben Hadley (Romeo, Lord Capulet)
Kim Heron (Juliet, Lord Montague)

Michael Knowles
who engaged An-Ting
for an event in Hampshire
made a special trip
to see her new production
Stravinsky, Shakespeare - and commedia masks
(superbly designed by Trestle Theatre Company)

Anthos Arts
David Johnson: Composition
Victoria Fullick: Assistant Director
Harry Kingscott: Voice & Movement
Melissa Barrett: Photography & Publicity
Bryony Reynolds: Arts Award Assistant Manager
Emme-Rose Payne: Artistic Director
Hannah Beadley: Lighting Technician

Starling Octet: "Madrigali"
Soprano: Zoe Fitzsimmons, Mary O'Shea
Bass: Malcolm Field, Neville Gibbings
Tenor: Ben Pennington, Tim Hampshire
Alto: Marion Wood, Sarah Pennington
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Saturday 3 May

Julian Rippon
Leroy Anderson: "The Typewriter"
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
Violin: Emma Welton, Julie Hill
Viola: Andrew Gillett
'Cello: Jane Pyrie
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Sunday 4 May
Julian Rippon &
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
They may be Giants: "Violin"
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
Simon Belshaw:
"Between the Moon & Earth"

Steve Reich: "Diff'rent Trains"
(very exciting for children)
John Williams: "Star Wars"
(May the Fourth be with you!)

The Eloquent Guitar
Guitar: David Cottam
'Cello: Hilary Boxer
Lympstone Parish Church
Sunday 4 May


Double Bass: David George
at the Bay Horse Totnes
Piano & Song: Sam Richards
Jazzlab Sunday 4 May
Tim Sayer & Andy Visser:
Flugelhorn & Soprano Sax
Trumpet &
Bass Clarinet
Tenor Saxophone

East Devon Choral Society
Rehearsal of Bach's B Minor Mass
Tiverton Baptist Church
Monday 5 May

Conductor: Andrew Daldorph
Organist Colin Pettet

Bach B minor Mass
Tiverton Baptist Church
Saturday 10 May

 Events in the week to come

The Cardinall's Musick
The Cardinall's Musick
Sherborne Abbey DT9 3LQ
Tuesday 6 May 7.30pm

(Seven Movements, Ten Voices)
Director of Music: Andrew Carwood
(DoM at St Paul's Cathedral since 2007)
Tickets: Nave £20 Transept: £15 Aisle: £12
Order by Post: Sherborne Abbey Festival
PO Box 6317, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 9AP
Book Online     Cardinal's Musick Website

The Other Compass
The Other Compass
The Globe Inn Newtown
Tuesday 6 May 8.30pm
Bass: Al Swainger
Guitar: Mike Outram, Jesse Molins
Clarinet/Saxophone: Charlie Henshaw
Keyboard: Billy Bottle
Drums: Coach York
Admission: FREE

Soprano: Héloïse West
Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 7 May 12.30pm
Piano: Jonathan Watts
(Margaret Chave unable to play this time)
Soprano: Héloïse West
Soprano: Mary Burman
Admission FREE

Laurence Blyth

Exeter Choral Society

St James Church Exeter
Wednesday 7 May 7.30pm
Musical Director: Laurence Blyth
Soprano: Elizabeth Drury

Counter Tenor: James Armitage
Tenor: Andrew Henley
Violin: Julie HillJulian White
Viola: Steve Gleed
'Cello: Hilary Boxer
Double Bass: Michael Allnatt
Oboe: Linda Birt
Trumpet: Phil Makin
Tickets: £10 (NUS £5 U16 FREE)
Exeter Visitor Information: 01392 665885
Exeter Choral Society Website

Tom Poster

Tom Poster
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter
Wednesday 7 May 6.30 for 7.30pm

Franz Schubert: Two Impromptus D899
Ludwig van Beethoven: "Sonata in D major" Op61
Frédéric Chopin: Two Nocturnes Op27
               Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major Op61
Maurice Ravel: "Pavane pour une Infante Défunte"

                           "La Valse"
Tickets: £18 (concession £16)

Advance Booking Essential
Box Office: 01392 265858  website
Information: Margi Jervoise 01392 265963
Sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management


The Sixteen
The Sixteen

(Also at Truro Cathedral

Friday 9 May 7.30pm)
Exeter Cathedral
Thursday 8 May 7.30pm
(Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm)
Director: Harry Christophers
John Sheppard: "Gaude Maria"
William Mundy: "Adolescentulus sum ego"
Richard Davy: "O Domine caeli terraeque"
John Sheppard: "Libera" I & II
John Sheppard: "In manus tuas" I
Richard Davy: "Ah, mine heart, remember thee well"
John Sheppard: "In manus tuas" II
William Mundy: "Vox patris caelestis"
Tickets: Front Nave £30  Rear Nave £20
Unreserved Side Aisle £10
Box Office: Phoenix 01392 667080

Flute: Alison Brockbank
Bassoon: Sidney Hemsley
Tenor: Roger Bourgein

Bicton Classics Night

Bicton Inn Exmouth
Thursday 8 May 8.30pm
Classical Musicians play for
and listen to each other
- the pub has a piano.
Admission: FREE
Enquiries: The Bicton Inn
Alison Brockbank / Sidney Hemsley

Anthos Arts
Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter
Friday 9 May 6.30pm
(first of four performances in Devon)
20 Arts Award Students
in a dance theatre production

of their own creation
Tickets: £10 (student £8 U16 £5)
Exeter Phoenix Box Office
01392 667080
Anthos Arts Website

Flavel Arts Centre

Exeter Contemporary Sounds

Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth
(Flavel Place TQ6 9ND)
Friday 9 May 7.30pm
Simon Belshaw: "Between Moon & Earth"
Paul Whitty: "Bury Your Love Like Treasure"
Steve Reich: "Diff'rent Trains"
Violin: Emma WeltonJulie Hill
Viola: Andrew Gillett
Exeter Contemporary Sounds
'Cello: Jane Pyrie
Tickets: £10 (U18 £5)
Box Office: 01803 839530
(9.30am - 9.00pm  Monday-Saturday)
Book Online  Flavel Website
Exeter Contemporary Sounds FB Page
(Report & Photos Barnstaple June 2012)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
South West Symphony Chorus
St Peter's Church Budleigh Salterton
Saturday 10 May 9.30am-4.30pm
Budleigh Music Festival Choral Day
Johannes Brahms: "Requiem"
(in English - Novello 'old edition')
Informal Concert: 4.45-6pm
Director: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: David Davies
Registration Cost: £12
Manuscript Hire: £1
download application form

Broadclyst Ensemble
at Broadclyst
(13 Oct 2012)
Coffee & Music
Southernhay Church Exeter
Saturday 10 May 10.30am
Violin: Flora FarquarsonAyesha Ichsan
Viola: Rebecca Willson
'Cello: Hannah Willson
Double Bass: Annabel Hope
Organist: John Scarfe
Programme to follow
Admission FREE

Taunton Sinfonietta
Taunton Sinfonietta
St James' Church Taunton
Saturday 10 May 7.30pm
W A Mozart: "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
Edward Elgar: "Chanson de Nuit"
Alexander Borodin: 2nd Quartet - "Nocturne"
Clive Jenkins: "Clarinet Quintet"
Johannes Brahms: "Clarinet Quintet"
Director: Mary Eade
Details: TBA
01935 862339
Sinfonietta Website

Debbie Martindale presents:
The 1st Plymouth Nonclassical
The Bakery, Royal William Yard
Saturday 10 May 7.30-11.30pm
Lona Kozik: "Spectra"
Sam Richards: "About Time"
(with Plymouth University Students)
4 Hands (Lona Kozik & Elie Fruchter):
"Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit" (The Cow on the Roof)
Music from the surrealist ballet by Darius Milhaud
(Théâtre des Champs-Élysées 1920) accompanies
Elie Fruchter
a screening of Mutual Film Corporation's 1916
"The Floorwalker" starring Charles Chaplin
The Half Moon Assemblage
(Sam Richards, Lona Kozik, Elie Fruchter)
The Jazzlab
(Sam Richards, Tim Sayer, David George)
Henry Miller
Tickets: £8 on the door (capacity 100)

East Devon Choral Society
East Devon Choral Society
Tiverton Baptist Church
Saturday 10 May
Conductor: Andrew Daldorph
Soprano: Soraya Mafi
Alto: Rose Setten
Tenor: Nick Pritchard
Bass: Nicholas Morton
Leader: Brenda Willoughby
Violins: Marie Langrishe,
Richard BarlowTina Bennett,
Cecilia LamonGillian Taylor
Violas: Tina Gladwin,
Ben van Weede
'Cellos: Hilary Boxer,
Rebecca Allnatt, Peter Tamblyn
Double Bass: Michael Allnatt
Flute: Tina Guthrie, Sophie Brewer
Oboe: Rachel Moody, Emily Clayton
Bassoon: Andrew Garton
French Horn: Nicola New
Trumpets: Brian Moore,
Claude Lamon, John Hammonds,
Timpani: Martin Andrew
Organist: Colin Pettet
Tickets: £10 (child £4)
01884 253494

Jonathan Watts

Devon Baroque
1. St Andrew's Church Colyton
     Saturday 10 May 7.30pm
2. Dartington Great Hall
     Sunday 11 May 3pm
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:
String Symphony in G major
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:
Harpsichord Concerto in A Minor
Frances Norbury
Johann Christian Bach:
Quintet for  in G major
Johann Sebastian Bach:

Violin Concerto in E major
Orchestral Suite in B minor
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach:
String Sinfonia in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D minor
Director: Jonathan Watts
Violin: Persephone Gibbs
Oboe: Frances Norbury
Flute: Marta Gonçalves
Harpsichord: Jonathan Watts
Marta Gonçalves
Colyton Tickets: £18 (student/U18 £5)
Box Office: 01297 551374
Book Online: wegottickets
Dartington Tickets: £18 (student/U18 £5)
Box Office: 01803 847070 (12.30-7.30pm)
Book Online:  Dartington What's On
Devon Baroque Website

Anthos Arts
Civic Centre Totnes
Sunday 11 May 6.30pm
(second of four performances in Devon)
20 Arts Award Students
in a dance theatre production

of their own creation
Tickets: £10 (student £8 U16 £5)
Exeter Phoenix Box Office
01392 667080
Anthos Arts Website

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