Thursday, 30 June 2011
Summer Concert Series at Newton St Cyres continues with a repeat of Exeter Chamber Choir's 'Jazz of Life' Tuesday 19 July
Parish Church of St. Cyr and St. Julitta
Newton St. Cyres
Summer Concert Series, 2011
Thursday 16thth June
Another evening with the Partridges
Accompanied by Andrew Daldorph
Tuesday 19th July
The Jazz of Life with
Chamber Choir Exeter
Conducted and accompanied by Andrew Daldorph (piano)
Following its première in Beer on 16th July, Newton St. Cyres hosts the second performance of Andrew Daldorph’s latest composition ‘A Mass for Life’. Full of jazz rhythms and joy, this piece is sure to be a hit with
concert-goers. Also on the programme jazz and gospel by George Shearing and Tippett. Newton
Always popular when they appear as part of our series, Exeter Chamber Choir continues to build its reputation as one of the foremost vocal ensembles in the region. A concert not to be missed.
Friday 12th August
Annual Organ Recital
As is tradition, the Summer Series concludes with Andrew Daldorph’s annual organ recital, showing us what this gem of an instrument can do. Always a great evening, with something for all musical tastes.
Tickets £5 for each concert, available on the door.
All concerts start at 7.30pm.
In aid of the Church Organ Fund
Monday, 27 June 2011
Exeter Alternative Theatre: The Marquis de Sade Doug Wright's play "Quills" at the Barnfield Theatre Wednesday - Friday 20th - 22nd July
Exeter Alternative Theatre is fast building a reputation for putting on the most provocative theatre in Devon.
This summer’s production brings back to life the infamous Marquis de Sade (the man who brought the modern world the term ‘sadism’) in a brutal tale of moral, sexual, and religious conflict.
A feast for the eyes and ears, Quills, by Doug Wright, combines imaginative lighting, stunning period costume and exceptional performances from the lead to the lunatics, to depict a disturbing account of the inner workings of the human mind, once again following EAT’s mission to push the boundaries of conventional theatre and bring Exeter something a little different to the norm.
The Marquis de Sade; described as ‘more talked about than read’, love him or loathe him it is impossible to deny his achievements and the controversy that followed him throughout his entire life. An aristocrat, revolutionary, politician and writer, Sade was most famous for his Libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His is best known for his erotic works, which combine philosophical discourse with graphic depictions of extreme sexual fantasy. Even today, almost two hundred years after his death, the Marquis continues to divide scholars and critics, inciting debate over the morality of his published works.
For almost 27 years Sade was incarcerated in various prisons, and ultimately an insane asylum, where most of his works were written. However, his real crimes were few and his imprisonment was less for what he had done than for what he represented. During the French Revolution many of Sade’s writings were lost or destroyed and it was not until 1983 that HM Customs allowed works by Sade, previously unavailable in the UK, to be imported.
Set in 1807, Quills re-imagines the last years of the Marquis de Sade’s incarceration in the Charenton insane asylum.
The young clergyman who presides over the asylum permits the Marquis access to paper and quill, believing Sade's writing to be therapeutic. Confined to his lavish cell the Marquis pens some of his most outrageous works in the name of rehabilitation until a new doctor is appointed to the asylum, whose methods of correction are more akin to the torturous devices to be found within the Marquis' novels.
Notes for editors
For interviews or quotes, contact Creative Director’s Louis Ravensfield on: 07941 692495 or Emma Ravensfield on 07977 588167 or email: info@EATtheatre.co.uk
Audience: Ages 18+ recommended
Price: £10 (adults)
Date: Wednesday 20 July - Friday 22 July
Time: 7.30 - 10pm
Venue: Exeter Barnfield Theatre
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(L to R - Back) Chloe Norris, Sorrel Meechan, Lizi Bennett
(L to R - Front) Ben Rodwell, Rachel Milne, Rosie Mullin
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Saturday, 25 June 2011
Classical music and comedy fans were given a double treat on Saturday night when 'incompetent' string trio, 'Pluck!', came to the Northcott to share their hilarious, and highly talented, performance 'Musical Arson' with us all.
After several changes of line up the current cast is made up of Kit Massey (violin), Brooke Day (viola) and Flora Allison ('cello). Each vies with the other two for attention, entering into endlessly changing alliances in their attempts to outwit each other.
The opening number, Leroy Anderson's 'Plink, Plank, Plunk!', was a subtle and silly piece played entirely in pizzicato and returning over and again to those three big notes. Kit tries to be 'director of music' as Flora and Brooke do their best to ignore or undermine his posturing.
With Brooke as his willing but incompetent assistant, Kit gave a series of 'lectures' about the acoustic equipment of the twentieth century. Offenbach on a Victor HP180 gramophone, McCartney's 'Eleanor Rigby' on Lear eight-track and Pachelbel's 'Canon and Gigue' on 'Walkman'. In a masterpiece of timing, the sounds were produced backstage by Brooke and Flora (including glitches and track changes). Every 'recording' turned out to be a rather special arrangement for violin and 'cello!
Also included in the first half were two helpings of Vivaldi's 'L'Inverno' - the second ending with Flora losing it and giving Brooke the most extreme 'wedgie' imaginable, Rossini's 'Overture to William Tell' on miniature violin, and Mozart's 'Rondo Alla Turca' at breakneck speed, until smoke issues from Kit's violin.
After the interval the anarchy continued. Strauss's 'Blue Danube' was played as 'musical chairs' - ending with all three performers balanced precariously on one chair. Flora's superb version of Little Willie John's 'Fever' was subverted by Kit taking over her 'cello fingerboard and changing the key. Flora also sang 'Fever' on a microphone which appeared not to work and cut in half-way through the verse, for great comic effect. (I'm still not sure that wasn't an accident.)
'Fever' was topped by Flora's outrageously seductive performance of Ravel's 'Bolero'. Then to change the mood Kit's violin is brought on, burned beyond repair. As he sobs his grief Flora and Brooke take up the tune - Bach's 'Air on a G-String'. Kit's grief is soon forgotten as Flora presents him with a brand new violin, which he uses to play Jimi Hendrix' 'Purple Haze'. He relives Hendrix at the Astoria - even to the extent of setting fire to this violin as well.
|Violinist Kit Massey and Violist Brooke Day|
have 'Cellist Flora Allison at her wits' end
This was a truly magnificent performance. "Pure Hoffnung!" one audience member was heard to comment. Well done to a great trio, non-stop entertainment of the highest standard.
To see where the 'Pluck!' trio will be playing 'Musical Arson' in future, try their website www.pluck.me.uk
To see what's coming up at the Northcott : www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
|In the Northcott Foyer:|
Flora Allison flanked by two giants of comedy
- Brooke Day and Kit Massey
Thursday, 23 June 2011
The Choir of Royal St George's College Toronto arrive at Buckfast Abbey for a Choral Concert Tuesday 21 June 1.15pm
|The Choir of St George's College Toronto arrive at Buckfast Abbey|
led by Choir Master Douglas Jameson
|The Exterior is under renovation|
The day after a recital at Exeter Cathedral which was not generally known about, but well attended by Cathedral visitors, The Choir of St George's College in Toronto gave a lunchtime recital at Buckfast Abbey at 1.15 on Tuesday 21 June.
The Day was perfect as the men and boys of the choir arrived in the grounds of the Abbey. After processing through the beautiful grounds the choir sang on the Chancel Steps in front of the Abbey Alter, accompanied on the Abbey organ by their regular organist Giles Bryant. Giles has been organist at St James Cathedral in Toronto for more than thirty years, and also accompanies and sings with the choir at their regular rehearsal venue, the partially completed building (originally intended to be Toronto's new Cathedral) St Alban's Hall.
|But all is still beautiful inside|
|Three boy soloists|
for Howard Goodall's
arrangement of Psalm 23
Apologies to anyone who didn't get enough advance warning to see this splendid choir. I'm really hoping that there will be another tour - maybe next year!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
|Sunday 26 June|
7.30pm Great Hall
Dartington Community Choir
Music of America
Tickets £14 / Concessions £13 / Students & U16s £5
The 150-strong Dartington Community Choir is one of the largest and best regarded in the region and its members are drawn from throughout South Devon.
Featuring the music of Randall Thompson. Soloist - Heloise West
Works to include Thompson's Allelujah and choral cycle Frostiana.
Book Online: Click here
or call the Box Office on 01803 847070
Monday, 20 June 2011
|Exeter University Director of Music|
As well as saying farewell to Luch Càise-Dearg (temporarily) we shall also be enjoying the music of the Piazzolla Duo one more time. Flautist Ruth Avis is not able to continue with Duo concerts as she concentrates on looking after her baby daughter. We will hear some of her playing, recorded live at St Stephen's Church last year. Guitarist Clive Betts will join us in the studio at 11am to discuss their slimmed cown plans for future music making, and we can hear him play the music of Beethoven, Satie, Villa-Lobos and Scott Joplin.
If possible the programme will finish with our old theme tune, 'Religion' composed by Philip Glass for Godfrey Reggio's 2002 documentary movie 'Naqoyqatsi' ('Life as War'). Those were the days!
No performance at Dartington Great Hall this time. (The South West Music School are putting on their concerts there.) However, as the Totnes Early Music Society are patrons of Devon Baroque, there will be a special Sunday afternoon performance at St Mary's Church in Totnes - 3 July 3pm.
(Tickets for all concerts £18/student £5 from the Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, 01392 667080).
Other concerts in the area between now and Marion's first broadcast on 5 July include:
The Choir of St George's College Toronto at Buckfast Abbey
(Immediately after the 'Classical Journey' - 1.15pm. Free admission and parking. Must be worth a look!)
The Brodowski Quartet - Thursday evening at Crediton Parish Church £10
'The Great Outdoors', a recorded concert programme presented by Max Gaskell in the Exeter Central Library Music Room on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Ottery Chorale give a concert on Saturday evening at Ottery Parish Church (£6).
David Acres' 'Counterpoint Choir' will sing Duarte Lobo's 'Requiem' for James II - also on Saturday evening - at Buckfast Abbey (£10 - £8 in advance, and advance booking is advised!)
On Sunday classical guitarist Keith Hyett will come to the Exeter Fringe Festival at the 'Rusty Bike' at 9pm (£6)
Devon Baroque will be at St David's Church next Saturday (2 July) for the third of four performances of 'Towards Bach' with special guest soloist, bass Tristan Hambleton (£18/£5).
Exeter School Music Department and Chamber Choir will be at St Peter's in Budleigh for music by Bach, Stravinsky and Haydn (£6).
Sadly for her, Tina Guthrie, for the second time in a fortnight, has picked the same night as several other (Saturday 2 July) to perform another choral work, Haydn's 'Creation' with the Crediton Community Choir at Crediton Parish Church. (Still no ticket details on that one, I'm afraid!)
|Pianist James Keefe|
Flautist Ruth Avis
|Soprano - and Dancer,|
Don't forget the next 'Coffee and Music' concert at Killerton Chapel - in the stately gardens of Killerton House on Saturday 9 July at 11am. What a venue! - and free admission!
FULL DETAILS OF ALL THESE CONCERTS ARE ON THE 'CONCERT LISTINGS' WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN REACH FROM THE LINK ON THE RIGHT OR BY CLICKING HERE
|Tenor David Webb & Mezzo Soprano Juliet Curnow|
in Laurence Blyth's production of
CPE Bach's Magnificat & Haydn's St Nicholas Mass
St James Church Exeter Wednesday 11 May
|Baroque Trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins|
Harpsichordist Leslie Pearson
at Ottery St Mary for the Honiton Festival
Saturday 14 May
|Baroque Oboists Hilary Stock and Gail Hennessy|
Play Albinoni's Concerto a Cinque for Two Oboes
with the Handel Players at Crispian's concert
|Internation Opera Singers in Concert|
Soprano Margaret Aagesen Hughes, Tenor Nicholas Buxton
Mezzo Soprano Carolyn Harries and Soprano Monika Sawa
The Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Friday 20 May
|Plenty of love scenes for Nicholas and Monika|
|John Scarfe plays one last organ recital|
Church of John the Baptist, Broadclyst, Saturday 21 May
|Soprano Elizabeth Drury with the Exeter Philharmonic Choir|
in Andrew Millington's production of
JS Bach's Magnificat and Beethoven's Mass in C
Exeter Cathedral Thursday 26 May
|And the Mezzo-Soprano? - Rebecca Smith!|
|Leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Alison Bury|
with Arch-Lutenist David Miller
the 'OAE' performed 'A Celebration of Handel'
Dartington Great Hall Sunday 29 May 3pm
|In the Dartington Great Hall Quadrangle|
visiting soloist for OAE's 'A Celebration of Handel'
Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas
|'Edith Piaf - A Celebration of a Legend'|
Julie Walkington (accordion), Karen Street (double bass)
Tina May (singing Edith Piaf!), Nicky Iles (piano)
Exeter Northcott Theatre Sunday 29 May 7.30pm
|International Stars from Dorset|
Duncan Honeybourne (piano) Fiona Cross (clarinet)
Glenorchy URC Exmouth Thursday 2 June
|A little impromptu recital|
by a member of the Glenorchy audience
pianist Andrew Odber!
|A beautiful morning made even more glorious:|
Roz Walker conducts Exeter choir
'Global Harmony' as they sing gospel music
in the Chapel in the beautiful gardens at Killerton
Saturday 11 June 11am
Peter Gambie conducts a choir from Emsworth in Hampshire
'The Renaissance Choir' as they sing 'Missa Dum Complerentur'
by sixteenth century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria
in the Lady Chapel at Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 11 June 12 noon
Meanwhile in Exeter Guildhall 3pm
members of Exeter Little Theatre Company are shorn
for their parts in Aaron Sorkin's 1988 play 'A Few Good Men'
Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 June
|And in the evening . . .|
Flautist Denise Deter flies in from
The Woodlawn Arts Academy, Sterling, Illinois USA
For a recital with pianist John Scarfe
Broadclyst Parish Church Saturday 11 June 7.30pm
|Phonic FM presenter Andy Kelly (Monkeys with Puns)|
plays accordion as 'Besnik' in Shaun McCarthy's 'Circus Britannicus'
(Joseph Carey is 'Zoltan', Jenny May Morgan is 'Jofranka')
Exeter Bike Shed Theatre Tuesday 31 May - Saturday 18 June
|Lauren Poulten as 'Belle' meets her prince|
in BalletCymru's production of 'Beaty and the Beast'
Exeter Northcott Theatre Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June
|The newly restored plaque which has acknowledged|
Elizabeth I as head of the Church of England since the sixteenth century
Holy Trinity Church Drewsteignton
|A very special soloist - student of the Royal College of Music|
Katie Cowling plays the intriguing treble recorder solo
'Pan Overheard' by Christopher Ball (1936)
|The 'Classical Journey' - wants you!|
(Soprano Monika Sawa in the Barnfield Clifford Room 20 May)