Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Joan Edgecumbe & Dorothy Ferrier Edward Elgar's "Sea Pictures", Bantock, Walton, Finzi & Sondheim - & a Duet by Rossini with Pianist Dorothy Worthington Glenorchy Church Wednesday 28 October 2015

Joan Edgecumbe
Dorothy Ferrier

The Glenorchy 2015/16 concert series is now well under way. This week the fourth recital was provided by mezzo soprano Joan Edgecumbe and soprano Dorothy Ferrier.

Joan held the audience in her thrall for the first half of the programme with a complete performance of Sir Edward Elgar's "Sea Pictures". These five poems by nineteenth century authors were set for voice and full orchestra, and the 'orchestra' was provided by Dorothy Worthington at the Venables grand piano. Dorothy's playing was complex, but gentle, with many very impressive endings played into the ensuing silence. Often a song would end with just a few isolated notes on the piano dying away to nothing - very skilled work.

Joan sang beautifully and faultlessly with great composure, very close to the audience. The songs were long and lyrical, and held the audience's attention like a magnet. Each was sweeter than the last, and the firm favourite was "Where Corals Lie" with words by Richard Garnett.

Sadly, baritone John Brindley was not able to join us for duets with Joan, but Dorothy Ferrier agreed to 'fill in' for him. What a delicious filling it turned out to be. Dorothy took up the baton with Harold Boulton's poem "Song of the Seals" put to music by Granville Bantock (and deftly played by Dorothy Worthington). Dorothy Ferrier's Scots accent made easy work of the complex Western Isles inspired chorus, "Hoiran, oiran, oiran, eelaleuran . . . " etc.
"The Metamorphosis
of Daphne into a
Laurel Tree by Apollo"
(Charles Sims 1873-1928)

Dorothy (Ferrier) then gave a very succinct and engaging introduction to Sir William Walton's setting of Edith Sitwell's poem "Daphne", which he composed in the 1970s after Edith died, as part of "Façade Revived". (The later compilation "Façade II" can be heard at Exeter Phoenix this Sunday evening, with Kate Westbrook reciting Edith Sitwell's poetry as part of Emma Welton's concert "Lavolta".) The song was equally entrancing, and the story of Daphne's transformation into a tree to escape Apollo delighted us again in musical form.

Dorothy continued to enthrall the audience with Gerald Finzi's settin of Edward Shanks' "As I lay in the Early Sun", and Stephen Sondheim's "Anyone can Whistle" from the musical of the same name, which drew wolf-whistles from the crowd.

Finally the two soloists combined their voices in a comic song created by Robert Lucas de Pearsal after the style of Gioachino Rossini's opera "Otello" (1816). The "Duetto Buffo di due Gatti" has no words, but instead the singers express themselves in caterwauls, half human and half cat. The combined effect is enchanting, and competition between the two singers to find the most cat-like gave a highly amusing finish to the concert.

Throughout, Dorothy Worthington was working diligently at the piano, adding her own special musicality. A very impressive piece of work by all concerned. It was sad that John Brindley could not be with us, but Dorothy Ferrier amply made up for his absence.

Gioachino Rossini "Cat Duet"

Friday, 23 October 2015

"A Message From . . . " Concert Series Number 3 Clifford Room Barnfield Theatre Last Friday of Month October 2015 to June 2016 - Dates to December

Barnfield Theatre

Three Step Manoeuvre
Barnfield Theatre
Friday 25 September 8pm
Guitar: Ben Lee
Organ: David Ferris
Drums: Oscar Reynolds
Tickets: £12 (advance £6)
Box Office: 01392 270891
Peacock Affect
Peacock Affect / Emma Welton
Barnfield Theatre
Friday 23 October 8pm
Singer/Songwriter: Peacock Affect
Violin: Emma Welton
Flute: Ruth Molins
Tickets: £12 (advance £6)
Box Office: 01392 271808
(weekdays 10am - 4pm)Online Booking: Barnfield Website
Orphy Robinson
Orphy Robinson
Barnfield Theatre
Friday 27 November 8pm
Tickets: £12 (advance £6)
Box Office: 01392 271808
(weekdays 10am - 4pm)
Mike Westbrook & Company
Mike Westbrook & Company
Barnfield Theatre
Friday17 December 8pm
Tickets: £12 (advance £6)
Box Office: 01392 271808
(weekdays 10am - 4pm)

Sherbourne Latin American Music Festival Cheap Street Church Sundays 8, 15 & 22 November 2015

Cheap Street United Reformed Church

Soprano: Kate Hawn
Piano: Ana Laura Manero
Voice and Piano Recital
Cheap Street Church
Sunday 8 November 3pm
Soprano: Kate Hawn
Piano: Ana Laura Manero
Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil):
"Prole do bebê" (Baby's Family) - selected pieces
Carlos Guastavino (Argentina):
"Seis Canciones de Cuna" (Six Lullabies)
Alberto Ginastera (Argentina): "Danzas Argentinas" 
Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba): "Suite Andalucia"
'Cordoba', 'Andalucia', 'Gitanerias' and 'Malagueña'
Joaquín Turina (Spain): "Poemas en Forma de Canciones"
Tickets: £10 at the door (child/student FREE)
Wessex Strings
Cheap Street Church
Sunday 15 November 3pm
Violin: Catrin Win Morgan
J S Bach: A minor Violin Concerto
George Gershwin
Mateo Romero
Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez
Antonín DvořákTickets: £10 at the door (child/student FREE)
The Brodowski Quartet

Cheap Street Church
Sunday 22 November 3pm

Violin: Charlotte Maclet, Catrin Win Morgan
Viola: Felix Tanner
'Cello: Reinhoud Ford
Tickets: £10 at the door (child/student FREE)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

David Davies Organ Recital at Powderham Castle Friday 13 November 2015 Press Release from Powderham Kapellmeister Professor George Pratt

Organ Recital - David Davies

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Music in the Castle began as a means of raising awareness of the Brice Seede organ in Powderham Castle's magnificent James Wyatt Music Room. Unplayable for nearly a century, it was restored to its former glory after a remarkably successful fund-raising initiative. In 2013 no less than three Exeter Cathedral organists played the opening recital of the restored organ. Now, one of them, David Davies, returns with a quite remarkable programme. 

Far from limiting the music to only the later 18th Century - the organ was built in 1769 - he will be showing us its capabilities in music from the century before, from the classical Mozart, with a taste of the late 20th century, and ending with a superb romantic sonata by Mendelssohn.

We've never heard such an imaginative and varied programme from the instrument, pushed far beyond the limits of an 18th century house organ. It will be a real musical adventure, and we shall be able to see the action on a large screen display of David's hands and feet in operation!

As ever, we would greatly appreciate your printing of a poster or two (attached here) and displaying them locally in shops, churches, PO's - an element in our means of ensuring that as many as possible know what's on the Music in the Castle programme.

Friday 13th November 
at 7.30pm
James Wyatt Music Room
Powderham Castle

Programme includes:

   John Stanley: Voluntary in D (Op 5 no 8)
   W A Mozart: Andante in F (K616)        
       J S Bach: Fantasia in G (BWV 572)
Dietrich Buxtehude: Passacaglia in Dm (BuxWV 161)

Improvised Suite on the name ‘Powderham’

Tickets: £15 (student £7)
Box Office: 01626 890243
Online Booking:

Chairs for our concerts are generously provided
without charge by Total Event Hire Ltd. Newton Abbot.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Divertimento Romantic Music for Piano Trio Salcombe Parish Church Friday 23 October Dartington Space Saturday 24 October 2015


Divertimento Music presents
Romantic Music for Piano Trio

Holy Trinity Church Salcombe
Friday 23 October
(The Fourth Ken Reed Concert in aid of Friends of Holy Trinity Church)

Studio 3 Dartington Space
Saturday 24 October 7.30pm


Violin: Mary Eade
'Cello: Vicky Evans
Piano: Margaret Lynn

Jean Sibelius: Havträsk Piano Trio
Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D minor
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C Opus 87

Tickets: £15 (U18 £5)

Salcombe Box Office01548 842626
Salcombe Tourist Information: 01548 843927
11am-5pm every day

Bonnington Newsagents Salcombe: 01548 843247
7am-5.30pm weekdays  71m-2.30pm weekends

Dartington Box Office: 01803 847070
Online Booking: Dartington Website

This year we are celebrating the 150th birthday of Sibelius with his youthful Hafträsk Trio, the music has only recently been edited and Vicky managed to obtain a copy from the editor in Finland, so it’s very much fresh off the press! Come and see if you could hear shades of what Sibelius was to become in his later years.

We are very excited to be playing our latest piano trio discovery which happens to coincide with the much talked about release of the film Suffragette:

Ethel Smyth led a colourful and often controversial life: apart from being the first woman to achieve success as a composer in Britain, she was very active in the Suffragette movement and was put in prison for breaking a window in the Houses of Parliament of a politician who opposed votes for women. When her friend Thomas Beecham visited her at Holloway Prison, he found suffragettes marching in the quadrangle singing Smyth’s battle song “The March of the Women”, with Smyth leaning out of a window conducting with a toothbrush!

Ethel Smyth wrote operas, orchestral music, choral works, songs, solo piano, and chamber music, much of it lies unjustly neglected. Her Piano Trio was written when she was studying in Leipzig in 1880 when she came into contact with Brahms, Grieg and other illustrious composers of the time. It is a most appealing romantic work and certainly deserves to be better known.

Completing the programme is Brahms’s magnificent second Piano Trio in C major, written in 1882 at the age of 49. Brahms was notorious as an unrelenting self-critic but even he was quite satisfied with his efforts in what has become to be regarded as an unequivocal masterpiece in the piano trio repertory.

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Pegasus Trio Present Four Autumn Concerts Glenorchy Church Exmouth Saturday 21 November Temple Methodist Church Budleigh 12 December Saint Margaret's Church Topsham 17 December - & - Mint Methodist Church Exeter 19 December 2015

The Pegasus Trio
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
Violin: Johanna McWeeney
Piano: Mariko Asakawa-North
Concerts in 2015 include appearances in Exmouth, Exeter and Budleigh Salterton, with two programmes of seasonal music.

We also have dates for next year's Valentine's Day concerts which will feature a feast of romantic m

And we're planning something a bit special for later in the year, programming Louis Spohr's Six Songs, works based on Der Elkönig, a fantastic poem by Goethe.

Dates for your diary:

Saturday September 21st, Exmouth
Saturday December 12th, Budleigh Salterton
Thursday December 17th, Topsham
Saturday December 19th, Exeter
Friday February 12th, Exmouth
Sunday February 14th, Exeter
Saturday February 20th, Torquay

Scroll down for full details of our 2015 concerts...
cathedralLook out for us at Exeter Cathedral on November 15th.

We will be providing the music for the 
Holy Ground Service which starts at 7pm, playing music by Bach, Handel and Cesar Franck. 

If you would like to contact us, please just write to us at
We will send out full details of our 2016 concerts in our next newsletter.

Many thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Johanna, Mariko and Iryna

Saturday November 21st 7.30pm 

Glenorchy Church Exmouth

Glenorchy Church is a vibrant church in the centre of Exmouth, with a lively concert scene. We are delighted to be performing there.

A Programme of Beautiful Music for Winter

Purcell - Violin Sonata in G Minor and When I am Laid in Earth
Vivaldi - Largo from Winter
Handel - Lascia Ch'io Pianga and Venti Turbini from Rinaldo
Shostakovich - Three Fantastic Dances 
Schubert - Ave Maria 
Bach - Erbarme Dich Mein Gott
Svendsen - Romance
Bizet - Habanera from Carmen
Saint-Saëns - Violons Dans Le Soir

Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions, available on the door, and the price includes interval refreshments.

Music for Christmas Exeter, Topsham and Budleigh Salterton 

Saturday December 12th
7.30 pm @ Temple Methodist Church, Pebble Lane

Thursday December 17th,
7.30pm @ St. Margaret's Church, Fore St

Saturday December 19th,
7.30pm @ the Mint Methodist Church, Fore St

Our December programme will include a selection of music with a seasonal and wintery twist, including:

Barber Must the Winter Come so Soon?
Vivaldi Largo from Winter
Handel Arias from the Messiah
Shostakovich Three Fantastic Dances
Schubert Ave Maria
Bach Arias from the Christmas Oratorio
Svendsen Romance
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev Movements from the Nutcracker
Franck Panis Angelicus
Tickets are £15 and £10 concessions, and the price includes interval refreshments. 

Tickets for Budleigh will be available from Tourist Information, Budleigh Salterton, 01395 445275

Tickets for Topsham will be available through Topsham Bookshop

For Exeter you can buy through the Exeter Phoenix Box Office, 01392 667080

If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, please 
just reply to this email.

Starling Octet Howell's Requiem St Andrew's Exwick Saturday 7 November 2015

Starling Octet

Saturday 7th November
Howells' Requiem and other works by candlelight
Arrive 7.30pm for wine and refreshments
Recital starts 8pm
Exwick Parish Church of St Andrew
Station Road
Exwick EX4 2AA
Price: £8 / £5 conc / U16 free
(includes free pre-recital refreshments)
Car park next to church hall

The Starling Octet is delighted to announce our next performance - on 7th November at Exwick Parish Church we will be presenting a candlelit evening in recognition of Armistice Day, when we will sing for you the Requiem by Herbert Howells (1892-1983) plus other works, accompanied by readings of war poetry.

The Requiem is a very beautiful and poignant work, written by Howells in 1932 as a memorial to those killed in war. Just a few years later he was devastated by the sudden death of his son Michael aged 9 from polio, and his work Hymnus Paradisi in honour of his son drew heavily from the earlier Requiem, which he didn't allow to be published for another 50 years.

We sang this work in Pinhoe Church in 2011 and it is a Starlings favourite. The recital will start with a prayer led by Reverend Jerry Bird, minister of Exwick Church. The church will be lit solely by candles during the performance.

You are invited to arrive from 7.30pm, free wine and refreshments will be provided until the start of the performance at 8pm.

We expect the performance to last until about 9pm.

Free parking is available in the car park to the right of the church hall.

Tickets will be sold on the door - £8 full / £5 conc / under-16s free
- and can also be reserved by return email.

Please spread the word and the poster for us - we can supply printed posters for you to put up if you want them, just let us know.
The Starling Octet
St Andrew's Church Exwick
Saturday 7 November 7.30pm
Candlelit Choral Music and War Poetry
Herbert Howells: Requiem
1. Salvator Mundi (O Saviour of the world)
2. Psalm 23 (The Lord is my  shepherd)
3. Requiem aeternam (1)
4. Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills)
5. Requiem aeternam (2)
6. I heard a voice from heaven
Soprano: Zoë FitzsimmonsHattie Brown
Alto: Sarah PenningtonMarion Wood
Tenor: Ben PenningtonNeville Gibbings
Bass: Joe BeckhellingMalcolm Field
Tickets: £8 (concession £5 U16 FREE)
Free parking & refreshments
Starling Octet Website