Thursday, 10 July 2014

Kevin Hurst, Clarinettist, gives a rare public recital Piano Accompanist, Joyce Clarke, Budleigh Festival "A French Delight" in Temple Church at Noon Saturday 12 July 2014

Temple Church
Budleigh Salterton

Kevin Hurst (Clarinet) & Joyce Clarke (Piano)
Saturday 12 July 2014 12 noon

Lunchtime Recital Programme:

Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928): Clair Matin (5 minutes) 
Henri Rabaud (1873-1949): Solo de Concours (6 minutes) 
Jules Semler-Collery (1902 - 1988): Rêverie et Scherzo (6 minutes) 
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Première Rhapsodie (8 minutes) 
Louis Cahuzac (1880-1960): Cantilène (5 minutes) 
Gabriel Grovlez (1879-1944): Sarabande et Allegro (5 minutes) 
André Messager (1853-1929): Solo de Concours (6 minutes)

No charge for admission.
There will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert to cover the Festival’s expenses.

About Kevin Hurst

Kevin Hurst
Kevin Hurst is a professional clarinettist who lives in Budleigh Salterton. He toured nation-wide and abroad up to 2007 after which he set up a private teaching practice here, catering for HM Royal Marines Band professionals right down to total beginner. His playing has been regarded at the highest levels as being outstanding - a memorable quote from Sir James Galway being 'I listened 
to the recording of your concert all day', with other celebrated supporters including the principal clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic who appreciates Kevin's 'totally natural playing and great sound'.

The International Clarinet Journal reviewed his playing as of 'beautiful tone and technical authority'. All good reasons to enjoy Kevin's fourth BSMF appearance, a highlight being his Mozart Clarinet Concerto on the final night, 2007. Kevin is on the international clarinet artist lists of Vandoren and Backun by invitation. Early musical training was at the University of York followed by the Royal Northern College of Music, where at both he won concerto prizes.

His orchestral and chamber music collaborations have included associations with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, London Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. The Concert Promoter's Network invited him to become a featured artist, and his awards and accolades include a Countess of Munster Scholarship, and commendation as outstanding principal clarinettist at the World Festival of Music for Youth, Vienna.

By invitation of the renowned Lesley Craven, principal  clarinettist, WNO, Kevin coaches at the South West Clarinet Convention, Cardiff University, every year; conducts the East Devon Clarinet Choir and is on the books of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for emergency call-up. A treasured invitation was from the International Clarinet Association, who invited Kevin to give a recital at their annual convention held in Vancouver in 2007, a performance which was very highly acclaimed.

Future engagements are planned for Bordeaux and New York. In his spare time Kevin enjoys sea walks, plays club and team tennis locally; he also plays chess for Devon and is a very highly ranked player and a professional, qualified coach. In a very different work setting, Kevin enjoyed a stint as a civil-servant in Whitehall.

Kevin can be contacted by anybody wanting tuition
on piano, clarinet, saxophone or chess through his website at

About Joyce Clarke

Joyce Clarke

Joyce Clarke is a Recital Pianist whose extensive repertoire is mainly drawn from the Classical and Romantic period. In addition to many recitals in the UK, she also gives concerts in Venice and her concerto performances have included works by Mozart and Beethoven. As a collaborative pianist, Joyce formed the Harewood Duo with the renowned flautist, Ian Clarke, and more recently joined The Beacon Piano Trio in Devon.

Beacon Piano Trio
In addition, as a recital accompanist and coach, she works with professional singers drawn from all of the major UK Opera Houses. In Lyric Theatre, Joyce has worked as principal repetiteur and coach with a number of professional Opera Companies, and with her extensive experience in Opera, is regularly in demand as an accompanist for Opera Gala Concerts.

She has recently completed two CDs: one featuring the piano works of her late father, composer Harold Noble, and the second, a collection of favourite Classical and Romantic piano works. Joyce has just published the first book of her father's hitherto unpublished compositions for piano, which she entitles 'Miniatures for Piano'. These four pieces are all performed on her CD of his music and a further three volumes of 'Miniatures' are shortly to be published also.

All enquiries for the purchase of copies and CDs
should be made through Joyce's email address

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