Friday, 23 September 2022

"NOCTURNE" (The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin) Author & Pianist: Lucy Parham, Narrators: Alex Jennings and Dame Harriet Walter. Exeter School Sunday 6 November 2022 - Press Release from David Cornes

Lucy Parham
(The Romantic Life of 
Frédéric Chopin)
Exeter School
Sunday 6 November

Alex Jennings
Lucy Parham
On Sunday 6 November, at 3pm, the 1984 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Lucy Parham, will be at Exeter School to perform a recital from her 'Composer Portrait Series'. She will be joined by Royal Shakespeare Company actors Alex Jennings and Dame Harriet Walter.

The now-familiar format will be readings from the letters and diaries of
composer Frédéric Chopin and novelist Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant (née Dupin), better known in the literary world by the pseudonym 'George Sand'.

Dame Harriet Walter
As well as being internationally acclaimed theatre and film actors, Alex and Harriet recently appeared together in the BBC Drama "This is Going to Hurt" which is an autobiographical account of the experiences of author Adam Key as a House Officer training in an NHS labour ward. Alex is the Senior Consultant, Mr Lockhart, and Harriet is his mother, Veronique.

Chopin and Sand were introduced to each other by Franz Liszt in 1837. An initially tentative relationship led to a 'honeymoon' in Mallorca. Chopin, despite severe pulmonary illness, which the locals suspected was caused by tuberculosis, used the time to compose his cycle of 'Préludes' for the piano in all the major and minor keys.

Frédéric Chopin
Sand spent five months of each year with Chopin at her country house at Nohant in the Indre Valley. She nursed him and helped him complete many of his compositions. In 1847 they separated and Chopin struggled to complete any further work, while his health quickly deteriorated. His last concert coincided with the '
Révolution de Février' in 1848, which gave rise to the Second French Republic.

Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevan
a.k.a. George Sand
The event is part of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, and is sponsored by Exeter School. Tickets are £28, with a concessionary price of £25 for students. Tickets are available from TicketSource - Any disabled person needing personal assistance can obtain a free ticket for their assistant from the Festival organisers (email

Many thanks to Festival coordinator David Cornes for this press release.

Friday, 1 July 2022

The Return of David Acres! Classical Journey Interview Phonic FM 2pm Friday 1 July, Concert - "Celestial Counterpoint" Buckfast Abbey Saturday 9 July 2022: Counterpoint Choir, The King's Counterpoint, Contrapunctus Early Music, Cantores Charleston

David Acres (fifth from left) and choir
(Judith Acres far left)

On the evening of Saturday 20 June 2015 David Acres and his wife Judith, having travelled to the UK from their home in Charleston South Carolina, reconvened the renowned 'Counterpoint' choir at Buckfast Abbey for one final farewell concert. In the line-up, and singing several solo pieces, was David's early inspiration and model - operatic star and fellow counter-tenor James Bowman.

David and Judith Acres
with Countertenor James Bowman
Buckfast Abbey 20 June 2015

Now, seven years later, David and Judith return to Buckfast Abbey en route to Kent for a week of liturgical music at the Seat of the Archbishop, Canterbury Cathedral. They will be at the Abbey on Saturday 9 July for an evening of choral music entitled 'Celestial Counterpoint'.

Nine of the original Counterpoint members will be there, along with singers from 'Contrapunctus Early Music' (a high voices ensemble) founded by David in Cleveland Ohio when he joined Todd Wilson's choir at Trinity Cathedral, and directed another choir created by David and Judith in South Carolina - 'The King's Counterpoint'.

The King's Counterpoint

David has also been the Director of the Parish Choir at Old St Andrew's Episcopal Church in West Ashley district of Charleston since 2016. Founded in 1706 it is the oldest Church building in South Carolina and a suitably historic setting for David's timeless musical creativity.

Old St Andrew's Episcopal Church
Charleston South Carolina

David and Judith also make music with two further choirs in South Carolina: 'Cantores Charleston' are a high voice choir of 14-16 sopranos, altos and counter-tenors who have performed three concerts so far, and 'Vox Regis' are a company of 12-14 professional singers who, having given two successful recitals, are now scheduled for a tour of Connecticut.

Cantores Charleston

David Acres has been a chorister since 1960 when he joined Exeter Cathedral Choir as a probationer, and studied music with Lionel Dakers. Graduating to the Royal School of Church Music, David became Head Chorister before moving to Bethany School in Kent. There he was to inaugurate the Kent Consort while also singing with many London church choirs.

In the 1970s David continued his musical education with Robin Gritton, and became a Lay Clerk at Exeter Cathedral. He also joined the Loosemore Singers at Buckfast Abbey and directed the Torbay Singers. He joined the Imperial Singers in the 1980s and also brought together many of his musical colleagues to form the now famous 'Counterpoint' choir.

'Counterpoint' made many recordings at Buckfast Abbey, Holy Trinity Exmouth and Exeter Cathedral up until 2012. In 2003, on their regular tour of Brittany with the Groupe Vocal Jef le Penven, they made a series of recordings at l'Eglise de Locmaria in Quimper and l'Eglise Saint-Pierre in Pont l'Abbé.

Groupe Vocal Jef le Penven

In 2011 David became part of the new 'Antiphon' choir directed by Exeter Cathedral Decani bass Matt Cann. Also in that choir was then Director of Music at Buckfast Abbey, Michael Vian Clarke and Lay Clerks from the Cathedrals of Wells, Gloucester, Winchester and Exeter. The Antiphon choir still give regular performances throughout the South West.

Matt Cann and Antiphon

In 2012 the Choir of Trinity Cathedral Cleveland, Directed by Todd Wilson, were visiting Wells Cathedral and participated in an exchange of singers with David's Counterpoint Choir. In 2013 David moved to Cleveland and joined the Trinity Cathedral Choir and the Trinity Singers. He also participated in Quire Cleveland's 2013 Christmas Concert.

Particuarly memorable was David's collaboration with John McElliott and Joe Schlesinger at Cleveland Cathedral, entitled "The Three Countertenors".

In May 2014 David and Judith formed the 'Contrapunctus Early Music' high voices ensemble which performed at Trinity Cathedral and the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Cleveland. After moving to South Carolina, they formed 'The King's Counterpoint' with eight sopranos, including Judith. The eight altos included John Cunningham, who is now part of 'Cantores Charleston' as well.

Judith and David Acres

Judith (formerly Dr Judith Overcash) is extremely well known and respected throughout the United States as a performer of vocal music from mediaeval songs to operatic arias. Her voice is hailed as "clear as a bell".

Judith has performed with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Warren Philharmonic Orchestra (both in Ohio), the Baroque Orchestras of Seattle, Atlanta and Austin (La Follia) and the Texas Early Music Project. She also joined Al Cofrin of the University of Texas in the creation of 'Istanpitta', an ensemble of oud, saz, krumhorn, bagpipes, recorder, lute, vielle, shaum, harp - and voice, who recreate the music of the tenth to fourteenth centuries.


At Buckfast Abbey on 9 July the visiting choirs, in collaboration with the former Counterpoint members and Abbey organist David Davies, will bring us music both ancient and modern. There will be seventeenth century polyphony by Portuguese composer Diego Melgáz, and eighteenth century music by Boston folklorist William Billings. There will also be sacred choral music by nineteenth century composer Anton Bruckner.

David Davies

There will be music by twentieth century composers, including Herbert Sumsion who was Organist at Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 until 1967. The other twentieth century works are composed by three men all born in the late 1950s. Moses Hogan, the New Orleans spiritual song writer sadly died in 2003, aged only 55. Frank Ticheli who was only a year younger, is still Professor of Music at the University of South California in Los Angeles.

Moses Hogan

Graham Keitch, who composes at Chichester Music Press and now lives in Manaton, has composed two pieces especially for the visiting choirs: "Resplenduit Facies Ejus" (His Face Shone) which was composed for a performance at Canterbury Cathedral which has been postponed owing to covid restrictions, and a setting of Psalm 8 "O Lord, Our Lord". Both will have their première at Buckfast Abbey on 9 July.

Graham Keitch

This Friday's 'Classical Journey' at 2pm will be given over to an interview with David Acres in South Carolina - where it will be 9am. David has also provided four tracks recorded by his various choirs.

The King's Counterpoint will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' hymn "The Truth from Above".

Cantores Charleston will perform Cecil Alexander's 1853 "Saw Ye Never in the Twilight" set to the 1840 tune 'Harwell" by Lowel Mason.

Vox Regis will perform the poem "This Marriage" by thirteenth century Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi, set to music by contemporary composer Eric Whitacre.

Contrapunctus Early Music will perform "Be Still my Soul, God is on my Side" a poem by early eighteenth century writer Katharina von Schlegel, translated by Jane Bothwick in 1855 and set to music as a hymn by Jean Sibelius as part of his tone poem "Finlandia" in 1899.

The programme will open with "Tourdion" a traditional French dance (literally 'the twist' but more of a galliard) which was the last piece performed by Counterpoint at that farewell concert in 2015. The recording we will hear was made at the Abbey in 1994 and featured the voices of Alison Burnett, Vicky Evans, Brian Northcott, Phil Hobbs, Gordon Pike, Tony Yates, Chris Walledge and Jonathan Watts.

Gordon Pike

There will be more classic 'Counterpoint' moments, and some recordings by James Bowman too.

After seven years, it will be a singular thrill to hear David on the air once again!

The King's Counterpoint
Buckfast Abbey
Saturday 9 July 7.30pm
Musical Director: David Acres
Organist: David Davies
with members of 
'Contrapunctus Early Music' high voices ensemble
and the 'Counterpoint' Choir
Anton Bruckner - Orlando Gibbons
Moses Hogan - Georg Friederich Händel
Diogo Dias Melgás Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Paul J Smith - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Sir John Tavener - Frank Ticheli
Tickets: £15
or from The Abbey Bookshop

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Stephen Beville Sunday Afternoon Piano Recital 'Angels & Saints' with première performance of "Portrait of the Angel Raphael" Saint Margaret's Church Topsham 22 May 2022

The Well-Tempered Clavier in the spring sunshine
Stephen Beville opens his afternoon concert with
Bach's Preludes and Fugues in E and F major

Classical and Romantic -
The recital continues with
Beethoven's Pastoral Sonata
& 3 Chopin Nocturnes (Opus 15)

A new composition
Beville "Portrait of the Angel Raphael"
Complex and delicate

Increasingly acrobatic and expressive

Glissandi inside the piano
replicate the fluctuations
of the Angel's wings

From Angels - to Saints
Liszt "Deux Légendes"
François d'Assise
(La Prédication aux Oiseaux)

Grandiose and commanding

François de Paule
(Marchant sur les Flots)

Tempestuous and uplifting

A memorable performance

Compèred by - Lily Neal

Sunday, 15 May 2022

An-Ting Chang Pianist and Composer New Album "Songs From My Room" Release 13 July 2022

Pianist, Composer & Theatre Director
An-Ting Chang

Pianist-Composer An-Ting Chang releases her first original piano album, "Songs From My Room" which documents, through her compositions, the complex feelings of the pandemic times from her room in London Old Street.

An-Ting is a concert pianist, composer, theatre director and currently the Artistic Director of Chinese Arts Now (CAN) which supports a wide variety of Chinese diasporic artists.

An-Ting's digital production, CAN X Two Temple Place Digital Exhibition and Immersive Performance, won Arts Council England's Digital Culture Award (Storytelling) in January 2022. An-Ting is the director and composer for the production.

During Lockdown, An-Ting put her feelings into her music in her room in London Old Street. The pieces she created on the piano were like a diary where she kept track of the pandemic time. Starting from 'London Night' in March 2020, where it was the first time An-Ting felt about a quiet and calm London. The feeling of bing in the 'Plague Time' became strong in April.

In May 2020, An-Ting starts to entertain herself by playing the piano with many ping pong balls inside and thus creating a fun rag-time piece 'Ping Pong Dance'. (

'Last June' came out of An-Ting's fingers when the situation did not get any better after three-month lockdown, rising the feelings from BlackLivesMatter. The future of the world is like an enigma, not knowing where to go. In July, first released from the lockdown, An-Ting dances on 'Hoxton Street', followed by 'Past Time' when she broke up with her ex-boyfriend in August 2020.

An-Ting composed "Purple Dream" in September 2020, when the new lockdown was about to begin. The on/off isolation of the lockdowns was removing the certainties of our old lives and leaving us physically restricted. Yet the retreat from normality allowed space for new dreams and magic to flourish. A space in the quiet, away from the world and along with it, a new feeling of freedom.

About An-Ting Chang

An-Ting has performed regularly as a concert pianist at venues such as Southbank Centre, LSO St Luke's, King's Place, Newbury Spring Festival, Deal Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall, and the Akademie der Kuhste (Academy of Arts), Berlin .

She also has a broad background which includes a unique mix of science and art with a degree in Chemistry form National Taiwan University and MMus and PhD in performance from the Royal Academy of Music and is about to curate the next Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival in February 2023.

She released her classical piano albums"Water Image" in 2015 and "Carnival of the Animals" in 2021, which feature her transcription of Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" She is currently working on her digital production HomeX, originally commissioned by British Council Hong Kong and will be premiered in February 2023.

An-Ting, Songs From My Room, piano solo performed and composed by An-Ting 安婷

Track 1    London Night
Track 2    Plague Time
Track 3    Ping Pong Dance
Track 4    Last June
Track 5    Hoxton Street
Track 6    Past Tense
Track 7    Purple Dream
Track 8    The Jolly Frog
Track 9    Option 7
Track 10  Midnight Whisper

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Saturday, 14 May 2022

Joe Levy Countertenor & Konstantinos Terzakis Piano: Exeter & Devon Tour Friday 27 May - Saturday 30 July 2022

Countertenor: Joe Levy
16th & 17th Century Love Songs
Piano: Konstantinos Terzakis
'The Hall' Stepcote Hill - Friday 27 May
Cygnet Theatre Friars Gate - Wednesday 1 June
St Nicholas Priory The Mint - Thur/Fri 9/10 June
St Lawrence Chapel Ashburton - Sunday 24 July
St Mary Magdalene Taunton - Saturday 30 July

Cast A Sheep’s Eye’, meaning to give an amorous glance, brings to life love songs from 16th and 17th Century England. Join countertenor Joe Levy accompanied on the piano by conductor Konstantinos Terzakis, for an evening of music from across the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This includes works by Purcell, Dowland and Morley, as well as many that rarely get performed but are treasures nonetheless.

You will hear not only about the songs themselves and their composers, but also the world in which they were created. Music is a reflection of people’s hopes and fears and so through this concert you will learn more about life in 16th and 17th Century England. These are events not to be missed in some of the South West’s most beautiful and interesting buildings, from the ancient St NicholasPriory in Exeter, to the glorious St Lawrence Chapel in Ashburton.

You can find out more about the tour on my website here -

About Joe Levy

Joe is a countertenor and baritone with a passion for both classical and contemporary music. He originally trained as a classical violinist, before focusing more on singing. He has a particular interest in Baroque music, as well as Soul and Folk at a more contemporary level. He has performed both in choirs and as a soloist.

Originally trained as a violinist, Joe began singing in choirs before becoming a classical countertenor. In particular, he has a passion for Baroque and early music, performing Purcell and Handel alongside Mediaeval hymns in Middle English, and 17th Century folk songs. This said, he has always preferred a diverse repertoire, singing both as a countertenor and a baritone across various musical genres. This extends beyond classical singing and encompasses styles as varied as soul, jazz and folk. Joe considers the likes of Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Dusty Springfield among his greatest influences in his contemporary singing, though his full range of influences is much greater than this.

After growing up in London Joe moved to Exeter in 2012 to study Archaeology and Anthropology and has lived here ever since. The historic setting of the city and the dramatic land and seascapes surrounding it have heavily influenced him creatively. He often interweaves history and storytelling into his performances, giving audiences an insight into the world in which each song was created. Outside of performing Joe teaches singing at the Cygnet Theatre, a venue he works with closely and hs sung in several concerts there.

About Konstantinos Terzakis

Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2022/23) and selected conductor at the Klangspuren Festival 2021 (Austria) under the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, Konstantinos Terzakis has been based in the United Kingdom since 2019 where he has bolstered his education in conducting and collaborated professionally with a diverse range of ensembles and orchestras.

He completed his Master’s of Music in orchestral conducting with Martyn Brabbins, Garry Walker and Alasdair Mitchell, having been awarded a full scholarship by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was awarded the Hugh S. Roberton Prize for Orchestral Conducting and the second prize of th 4th International Composer Award of Vienna. Alongside his studies, he has expanded his training in Ballet conducting with Richard Honner.

He has been awarded the first prize of the 9th National Conducting Competition of Michalis Economou and has been a finalist in the Lanyi Conducting Competition and the 1st Conducting Competition of the Athens State Orchestra.

Examples of other significant collaborations include the Ergon Ensemble, Red Note ensemble, Michalis Paraskakis' TETTTIX ensemble in Athens, the Greek Radio Symphony OrchestraGreek Radio Contemporary Orchestra and Athens Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert Exeter Cathedral Saturday 30 April 2022 Press Release from Ellen Stratton

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra
Spring Concert
Copland, Gershwin & Tchaikovsky
Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 30 April 7.30pm
(Photography: Paula Fernley)

Piano: Robin Stevenson
Devon Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be returning to Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 30 April at 7.30pm for a delightful spring concert featuring the evocative "El Salon Mexico" by Aaron Copland, inspired by Mexican folk and dance music, and the ever-popular "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin.

DPO is excited to welcome Robin Stephenson, pianist with 'Ensemble Philéa' (Paris), as the soloist in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", a 1920s classic, which fuses symphony music with American jazz. The evening ends with the dramatic and emotionally powerful epic "Symphony IV" of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Conductor: Leo Geyer
(Photography: Paula Fernley)

Tickets£20, £17, £15, £13

(Ticket price includes a programme for the concert.) 


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DPO is proud to be supporting the Exeter and District Kidney Patients' Association through this concert. Exeter and District Kidney Patients' Association provides support to pre-uialiysis, dialysis and transplant patients and their carers in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Monday, 21 February 2022

"Au Lapin Agile" - Music on the Edge: Chris Caldwell, Susie Hodder Williams and James Boyd, Church of The Holy Trinity, Gidleigh, Sunday 20 February 2022

"Au Lapin Agile"
Guitar: James Boyd  Clarinet: Chris Caldwell
Flute: Susie Hodder Williams
A 'Sunday@6' performance at Holy Trinity Church Gidleigh

Bats in the Belfry!

On Sunday 20 February, guitarist James Boyd travelled through Storm Franklin to join saxophonist Chris Caldwell and flautist Susie Hodder-Williams for an hour 'Au Lapin Agile', reliving the vibrant artistic life of Montmartre in the early twentieth century - in the fifteenth century parish church of The Holy Trinity in Gidleigh, right on the edge of Dartmoor.

In an hour of non-stop entertainment, the trio performed compositions from the time, with readings, and also some specially commissioned modern compositions by friends of the trio. The programme included "Ária Cantilena" from Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras V, with Susie playing Ruth Corrêa's lyrical line on her flute, "Autumn Song" by Stephen Voss and a special suite for solo flute by "Crimson!" collaborator Gwilym Simcock.

The evening's joy ended with a Bach sonata and "Nuages", that fabulous jazz party piece of the 'Quintette du Hot Club de France': these last two a scintillating juxtaposition of styles beautifully arranged for our very special ensemble - with a little ultra-sonic accompaniment from visiting pipistrelles! What a way to while away a cosy hour, while the storm raged outside. Truly 'Music on the Edge'.

Chris and Susie regularly put on these extraordinary musical gatherings, always on a Sunday and always at six o' clock in the evening. The next 'Sunday@6' will be on Sunday 27 March at the same venue. On that evening, an even larger ensemble will assemble for an evening of music entitled "Our Kind of Blue".

That "Au Lapin Agile" programme in full:

Sir Michael Tippett: "The Blue Guitar" part 2/3 "Dreaming" 1984

Wallace Stevens: "A Man with a Blue Guitar" (poem) 1937

Heitor Villa-Lobos: "Bachianas Brasileiras V" Ária (Ruth Corrêa) 1938

Letter to JB, March 2020

Eden Ahbez/Nat King Cole: "Nature Boy" 1948

Letter to SHW, May 20202

Stephen Goss: "The Autumn Song" (for Natalie Klein & Xufei Yang) 2009

Louis MacNiece: "Autumn Journal" (poem) 1938

Gwilym Simcock: "Suite for Solo Flute" (for Susie Hodder Williams) 2021

WH Auden: "If I Could Tell You" (poem) 1940

JS Bach (?CPE Bach/CF Penzel): Flute Sonata in E BWV 1031 1734

Claude Debussy: "Nocturnes" No 1/3 1900 =
Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli"Nuages" 1930

Je m'en vais, j'me porte bien mieux sans toi
Ton souvenir transperce mon sang froid
J'ai envie d'te croire quand tu pleure
Mais plus je te hais moins le temps passe, yeah
Fracturée ta vie à présent n'est qu'une pensée
Mon âme est en guerre, j'aimerai quitter la tranchée
L'ombre de ton corps apparaît sur le plancher
Ton sourire et tes lèvres à mes yeux sont étrangers
J'écris notre histoire, je lis dans ta voix
J'ai peur qu'elle se heurte quand elle pense à moi
J'suis dans des sables mouvants, j'regarde le ciel et j'm'envole
La colère partage ma vie, plus j'm'en veux plus j'suis mauvais
J'suis perdu, j'suis seul dans l'noir
Les battements de cœur sont violents
Elle s'enfuit, la haine prend place
Je n't'apprécie pas vraiment
Sans toi je me sens libre, sans toi je me sens vivre
Je fais face à l'immense nuit,
je demande pardon elle m'a fait sauter dans le vide
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
J'erre dans le blizzard et songe
J'aime quand le climat est sombre
Mon sabre est serti de pierres
L'esprit a fuit la raison
On ne partage pas la même plume, t'es dans la Lune j'suis sur Neptune
On dit qu'on s'aime, on ne s'aime plus
Tu m'as cherché, tu m'as perdu, yeah
Traverse ma douleur c'est un brasier infernal
On n'a pas su me fuir, dans mes bras c'est enfermé
Tes mots sont éphémères, leur valeur éternelle
J'observe mon passé je ne suis bon qu'à faire mal
Sans toi je me sens libre, sans toi je me sens vivre
Je fais face à l'immense nuit, je demande pardon elle m'a fait sauter dans le vide

Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages
Dans les nuages

Friday, 14 February 2020

Justin Newland Phonic FM 2pm Friday 14 February & Exeter Library 2pm Sunday 16 February 2020


Local Author To Drink Coffee
in Exeter Central Library

Somerset author, Justin Newland, will be visiting Exeter Central Library from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday 16th February 2020.

You'll find him in the Ground Floor Café drinking coffee and eating cake, and signing copies of his latest novel, The Coronation. Set during the Enlightenment, the novel is a historical fantasy and reveals the secret history of the event that shaped our modern world – The Industrial Revolution.

He'll also sign copies of his other novels: The Genes of Isis and The Old Dragon's Head.

The event is free. Just drop in.

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Justin writes supernatural thrillers and secret histories in which real events and historical personages are guided and motivated by numinous forces.

He gives library talks, does book signings and appears on radio and in literary festivals.

A Doctorate in Mathematics, he lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills.

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About The Coronation -

Andrew Deane: "... explores the themes of belonging / outsiders, politics, religion / spirituality, war and the lives of everyday people, all of which are filtered through the lens of the other-worldly."

For more information, visit the Justin Newland Website

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Leo Geyer and the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra 'Music in the Galleries' Royal Albert Memorial Museum Saturday 7 March 2020 - Press Release from Andy Henderson

Trumpet: Brian Moore

Music in the Galleries

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

& Art Gallery
7th March 2020

Doors and bar 6.45pm
Concert 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 (or £5 if under 16)

Explore the galleries of the museum to hear specially commissioned music performed by the musicians of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, inspired by objects in the museum's collections. Instrumentalists and singers will perform in ensembles around the museum during the evening, as the audience choose their route through the galleries and stop to listen to the performances.

The composers have taken their inspiration from a wide range of objects including microscopic diatoms, an Inuit map carved onto a bone, a Chinese gown, pocket watches and RAMM's famous Gerald the Giraffe. The new compositions will reflect a range of musical styles with influences from Indian music, jazz and other genres.

At the end of the performance, a finale composed by Devon Phil's Music Director Leo Geyer will be performed by all the players and singers and heard all around the museum.

This performance is part of the CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music for All.
Tickets available from the RAMM Website

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Tamsin Waley-Cohen appointed as Artistic Director of The Two Moors Festival

The Two Moors Festival is delighted
to announce the appointment of
Tamsin Waley-Cohen
as Artistic Director of the Festival

Two Moors Festival Artistic Director
Tamsin Waley-Cohen
(Benson Russell Photography)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen is an outstanding violinist with a major British and international career, playing with top orchestras worldwide, as well as being a member of the Albion String Quartet. Known to West Country audiences from her many appearances at the Festival since its early days and from her own Honeymead Festival, she knows and loves the West Country well.

This is an exciting time for the Two Moors Festival with Tamsin on board to lead it in this celebratory 20th season and to further develop it in the future. This builds on the outstanding work of the Festival and its founder, Penny Adie who, with her husband John Adie, established it to serve the people of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Devon in the face of the dreadful foot and mouth outbreaks of 2001, becoming the major music festival of the South West.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Artistic Director:
"I am thrilled to be working with the Two Moors Festival, a festival that I have had the pleasure of playing in since its very inception, and whose home is some of the most beautiful and wildest landscape in England."

Penny Adie, Founding Artistic Director:
"She has all that it takes to propel the organisation on to the next phase of its journey."

Richard Fletcher, Chairman, the Two Moors Festival:
"Tamsin is the ideal choice for our new Artistic Director and she is already bubbling over with new ideas."