Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Arcadia String Quartet Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot Sunday 18 February 2018 Press Release from Anne White

Arcadia String Quartet
Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot,
Sunday 18 February 3pm

Winners of the International Chamber Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, and the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the Arcadia Quartet (formed in 2006 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania) is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

With a busy international concert schedule taking them across Europe, they will perform in Newton Abbot as part of their UK 2018 tour.

The Arcadia Quartet have chosen to perform works of enormous contrast, encompassing wit and humour, lyric beauty, serenity, lightheartedness and stark intensity: in fact, the whole gamut of emotions. It will indeed be a concert to entertain and stimulate.

Josef Haydn: String Quartet No 30 in E flat, HobIII/38 “The Joke”
Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D (1885)
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op.110 “Dresden”

The concert is sponsored by Wollen Michelmore, Solicitors.

Venue:               Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
Date:                  Sunday 18 February 2018
Time:                  3:00pm
Tickets:              £15 (advance £13 members £10 student £2 child FREE)
Online Booking: TicketSource
Enquiries:           membership@nadsa.co.uk
Telephone:         01626 368318


PRESS RELEASE

Arcadia String Quartet
    Violin: Răsvan Dumitru
 Viola: Trakan Boal
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Violin: Anna Török  
 'Cello: Zsolt 
Török    

Enjoy an afternoon of entertaining and stimulating music at the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot, on Sunday 18 February at 3pm, when nadsaconcerts presents the Arcadia String Quartet in the 5th concert of the season. This multi-prize-winning quartet, formed in 2006 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.

The programme will consist of three notable and markedly contrasting creations: Haydn’s 30th quartet ‘The Joke’, Borodin’s 2nd quartet - a tuneful masterpiece, and Shostakovich’s autobiographical 8th.

Although Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652) and Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725), had already written sonatas for four string instruments without harpsichord, there can be no doubt as to Haydn’s unparalleled contribution towards the development of the string quartet. In his freeing of the cello from its traditional accompanying role, and his imposition of the Classical style upon the genre, he became known as the ‘Father of the String Quartet’.

Haydn’s music is well-known for its easy-going sense of humour and wit: his quartet,‘the Joke’, with its robust earthiness and gleeful unpredictability, is no exception. Second of a set of six written in 1781, ‘The Joke’ is the 30th of his 68 string quartets, and is a wonderful example of his incredible imaginative genius.

Born, illegitimate son of a nobleman and a peasant, in St Petersberg, Borodin (1833 - 87) enjoyed a good private education, had a brilliant career as a research chemist and professor of chemistry, and was a strong advocate of women’s rights. Composition, initially always secondary in his life, gained prominence in the 1870s, and it was owing to Liszt that his music began to be performed outside Russia during this period.

Borodin wrote his 2nd string quartet in 1881 (a century after Haydn’s ‘Joke’). Dedicated to his wife, Katerina, for their 20th anniversary, its haunting and, at times, overwhelmingly evocative lyricism has ensured its place in the hearts of listeners.

Shostakovich’s 8th quartet is a masterpiece of the twentieth century. Composed in only three days in 1960 during a visit to Dresden (to compose music for film), it was inscribed ‘In rememberance of the victims of Fascism and war’. 1960 marked a turning point in his life: he joined the Communist Party and his health deteriorated further. Shostakovitch filled this quartet with quotations from earlier works, and the main theme (based on his name) opens the work and recurs throughout. Despite its austere and tragic music, it enjoys outstanding appeal and is the most loved of all his 15 quartets.

The Arcadia String Quartet, having recorded both Janacek’s ground-breaking quartets, are in the process of recording the complete quartets of Bartok. They are an ensemble not to be missed.

NADSA Concerts
Arcadia String Quartet    
Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot
(Kingsteignton Road TQ12 2QA)
Sunday 18 February 3pm
ARCADIA STRING QUARTET
Violin: Anna TörökRăsvan Dumitru
Viola: Trakan Boală
'Cello: Zsolt Török

Josef Haydn: “The Joke” String Quartet No 30
Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D (1885) 
Dmitri Shostakovich: “Dresden” String Quartet No. 8
Tickets: £15
(advance £13 members £10 student £2 child FREE)
Online BookingTicketSource
Enquiriesmembership@nadsa.co.uk
Telephone: 01626 368318

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ruth Molins presents 'Flute@37' Flute Recitals 37 Clifton Road Newtown Sundays at 4pm from February 2018

Ruth Molins

Ruth Molins is a very popular and much admired flautist here in Exeter. For many years she has been performing with orchestras and ensembles, as well as giving solo performances, throughout Devon and beyond. In addition to her work with existing ensembles, Ruth has also started her own flute trio, 'Flute Cake', with Sophie Brewer and Jennifer Campbell. Many people have enjoyed their delightful music at weddings and other social occasions, as well as formal concerts.

Ruth also teaches flute (as well as piano), and founded 'Exeter Flutes' in 2016 to provide opportunities for her students to enjoy and learn from performing in a flute choir. Lessons take place in Ruth's music studio at 37 Clifton Road in Newtown, Exeter (next to the Globe). This year Ruth will be giving a series of solo performances in the music studio, with a chance to join Ruth for a cup of tea and discussion of the music.

These recitals will be a wonderful opportunity to share musical experiences with a very talented and creative musician. Ruth has always amazed audiences with her spectacular flute playing in concert performances - and also on air on the many occasions when she has performed live for us in the Phonic FM studio.

Below is the provisional list of recitals for 2018.
Tickets are £10, or £8 in advance
Advance booking will be through ruthmolins.bigcartel.com 

Sunday 18 February 4pm
Georg Philipp Telemann: "Fantasia in C"
Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier: "Etude No 17"
Alica Hart: "Scats"

Sunday 18 March 4pm
Hilary Taggart: "Kerry"
Niccolò Paganini: "Caprice No 24"


Sunday 15 April 4pm
Claude Debussy: "Syrinx"
Jacques Ibert: "Piece"

Sunday 20 May - TBA

Sunday 24 June 4pm
Arthur Honegger: "Dance de la Chevre"
Astor Piazzolla: "Tango Etude No 3"
Mike Mower: "Strutit"

Sunday 9 September 4pm
D B Thomas: "Carla" (alto)
Johann Sebastian Bach: "Cello Suite" Selection

Sunday 14 October 4pm
Pierre Octave Ferroud: "Trois Pieces"

Sunday 11 November 4pm
Sophie Dufeutrelle: "Couleur Neige"
Carl Nielsen: "The Children are Playing"

Sunday 9 December 4pm
Marin Marais: "Les Folies d'Espagne"

Thursday, 25 January 2018

John Wellingham Talk & Organ Recital St John's Church Bridgetown Totnes Wednesay 14 March 2018 A Message from Carolyn Stilwell

St John's Church
Bridgetown, Totnes

John Wellingham is giving a talk and recital at St John's Church, Bridgetown , Totnes on Wednesday 14 March at 7 p.m.

He is going to talk about three Totnes organs; the Father Willis organ at St Mary's Church , Totnes, the organ that was lost in the fire at St John's and the present organ, built by William Drake, which he will play.

John has been a major influence on British organ students. He is now in his eighties, and still active as an inspirational organ teacher at Oxford and Cambridge universities . He studied at Dartington College when Imogen Holst (later with John Clements) ran the music department.

He taught piano, organ and recorder at Eton and was a counter-tenor lay clerk in the Chapel Choir before leaving to study organ , harpsichord, viola da gamba, Gregorian chant and Lutheran chorales at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

In 1974 He founded the Loosemore Centre for Organ and Early Music in Buckfastleigh, the first early music centre in Great Britain. It closed in the early 1990s, but the organ building workshop remains open.

There will be a small charge for the talk, which is one of a series of talks the church have arranged to promote the history and heritage of St John's,and in aid of the St John's Church fund to renovate the church windows.


John Wellingham
John Wellingham
St John's Bridgetown Totnes
Wednesday 14 March 7pm
TALK RECITAL
ON THREE ORGANS
The Father Willis at St Mary's
The St Johns organ lost in the fire
& the present William Drake
(on which John will play a recital)
There will be a small charge to attend
Proceeds to the Church Windows Fund

Monday, 8 January 2018

Lunchtime Concerts Glenorchy Church Exmouth Wednesdays 3 January - 25 April 2018

Andrew Wilson & Elizabeth Holman
Piano & Violin Duets
Glenorchy United Reformed Church Exmouth
Wednesday 4 April
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Piano: Sam Baker
Soprano:
Victoria Armillotta
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 3 January 12.30pm
STELLA MARIS TRIO
"Queens of Baroque"
Piano: Sam Baker
Soprano: Victoria Armillotta
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
(Sad news - Iryna not available
 - but Sam will play extra solo pieces)
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: David Lee
& Josephine Pickering
Baritone: Mark Hansford
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 10 January 12.30pm
PIANO & BARITONE
Piano: Josephine Pickering
Baritone: Mark Hansford
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Violin: Ruth James
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 17 January 12.30pm
PIANO & VIOLIN
Piano: Josephine Pickering
Violin: Ruth James
(plus piano duets with David Lee)
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: An-Ting Chang
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 24 January 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: An-Ting Chang
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Musical Director: Mark Perry
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 31 January 12.30pm
ST DAVID'S SINGERS
Musical Director: Mark Perry
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Sidmouth Orchestral Club
Musical Director: Alan Williams
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 7 February 12.30pm
SIDMOUTH ORCHESTRAL CLUB
Musical Director: Alan Williams
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: Sam Baker
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 14 February 12.30pm
PIANO & MEZZO SOPRANO
Piano: Sam Baker
Mezzo Soprano: Iryna Ilnytska
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: Tim Othen
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 21 February 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Tim Othen
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano & Organ:
Wensleigh Palmer
Soprano:
Jacqueline Palmer
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 28 February 12.30pm
PIANO, ORGAN & SOPRANO
Piano & Organ: Wensleigh Palmer
Soprano: Jacqueline Palmer
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Beacon Piano Trio
Violin: Anna Cockroft

Piano: Joyce Clarke
'Cello: Ruth Lass
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 7 March 12.30pm
BEACON PIANO TRIO
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Violin: Anna Cockroft
'Cello: Ruth Lass
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
"Quorum"
Soprano: Janet Macdonald
Piano: Margaret Chave
Clarinet: Philip Bonser

Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 14 March 12.30pm
QUORUM
Piano: Margaret Chave
Soprano: Janet Macdonald
Clarinet: Philip Bonser
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Guitar: Samantha Muir

Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 21 March 12.30pm
GUITAR & UKULELE
Guitar/Ukulele: Samantha Muir
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: Ruth Smit
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 28 March 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Ruth Smit
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: Andrew Wilson
Violin: Elizabeth Holman
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 4 April 12.30pm
PIANO & VIOLIN
Piano: Andrew Wilson
Violin: Elizabeth Holman
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano: Joyce Clarke
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 11 April 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Joyce Clarke
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Organ: Andrew Millington
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 18 April 12.30pm
ORGAN RECITAL
Organ: Andrew Millington
Admission FREE - retiring collection
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Piano:
Duncan Honeybourne
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Glenorchy Lunchtime Concerts
Glenorchy Church Exmouth
Wednesday 25 April 12.30pm
PIANO RECITAL
Piano: Duncan Honeybourne
Admission FREE - retiring collection

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Nina Leonard Savicevic - 4 Piano Recitals for 2018: St Margaret's Church Topsham Saturday 24 March, St Stephen's Church Exeter Friday 6 April, St Emmanuel's Church Mannamead Saturday 7 April, Bath Abbey Saturday 13 April 2018 Press Release from Nigel Smith

Nina Leonard-Savicevic
St Stephen's Church Exeter

Nina was born in Plymouth, but from age 4 to 6 she and her family lived in Russia, where she started learning the piano -- and gave her first concert in St.Petersburg when she was 5. Back in England they lived in Exeter, where she was at the Maynard School, and at age 12 she won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where she is now a boarder. At age 14 in her Grade 8 Piano exam she got the highest mark in the South-West. She did well in her GCSEs and is now in the sixth form at Wells. She has won various prizes at national and international competitions, and recently won the Special Honourable Mention Diploma out of all competitors at the Windsor International Competition.

You can hear extracts from Nina's Topsham recital on YouTube where she plays these pieces:
   0:05 -- George Frideric Handel: Minuet in G minor (extract)
   0:49 -- Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor (extract)
   1:29 -- Sergai Rachmaninov: Prelude in C# minor, Op.3 no.2 (extract)
   3:16 -- Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto in G-major,
                 (Aleksandra Badura accompanied by Dorothy Raven - extract)
   3:56 -- Franz Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat major (extract)
   5:55 -- Wofgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasie in D minor, K.397 (extract)
   7.27 -- Alexander Scriabin: Impromptu no.2 in B-flat minor (extract)
 10.28 -- Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op 54, 1st movement
                   (Nina played the soloist's part in a duet with Dorothy Raven
                           who played an orchestral reduction on a second piano - extract)

 The Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Schumann are all fiendishly difficult,
but Nina played them all with real verve and confidence.

You can also see her playing at St.Stephen's Church Exeter last summer on YouTube.
and you can see her playing the Pop-up Pianos in Exeter last summer on YouTube
(at the start and from 6:02 to 8:35)

Nina's upcoming concerts are at
-- St Margarets Church Topsham - 24 March at 1 pm
-- St Stephen Church Exeter - 6 April at 1pm
-- St Emmanuel Church Mannamead, Plymouth - 7 April at 7.30pm
-- Bath Abbey - 13 April at 1 pm.

 There's a two-page article about Nina, and a lovely photo,
on page 41 of the December edition of Exeter Life.

Mike Bennett of Music In Devon Initiative (MIDI) wrote:

"This talented young pianist blew us away with her technical skills and obvious passion when she spontaneously played our pop-up pianos in the Guildhall a few months ago. No doubt, she has a very bright future ahead of her, and you can catch a local performance in an intimate setting right here in Exeter City Centre this December. Highly recommended!"

It is possible to contact Nina via her mother (and manager), Silvana Leonard
email: leonardsilvana@yahoo.co.uk
Telephone: 07547 645416

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Classical Duo "Elegance" Ekaterina Shetliffe & Yulia Northridge with Soprano Maria Nichol, Mezzo Soprano Iryna Ilnytska & Balalaika Sergei Kosov - Cygnet New Theatre Exeter Friday 9 February, Central Church Torquay Saturday 10 February, and St John's Church Taunton Sunday 11 February 2018

Piano: Ekaterina Shetliffe
Balalaika: Sergei Kosov
Violin: Yulia Northridge


Balalaika: Sergei Kosov
This is a rare opportunity to be taken on a musical journey to the heart of Russian Heritage and experience its varied nature. Sample the full spectrum of Russian music from its sombre moods to high energy uplifting beats. The extensive programme will include operatic arias and traditional Russian songs from Soviet Era, violin masterpieces and folk arrangements for balalaika featuring some of the most loved Russian composers; Tchaikovsky, Dargomizsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov and more.

This unique event will feature instrumental and vocal performances of Russian soloists: Mezzo-Soprano,Violin, Folk Vocal and Balalaika, with piano accompaniment.

Performers are all graduates of Russia and its former republics, including:

EkaterinaShetliffe (classical pianist, graduate of Dargomizsky College of Music,Tula, Russia)
Yulia Northridge (prize-winning violinist, graduate of Petrozavodsk Music Academy, Russia)
Iryna Ilnytska (Mezzo-Soprano from Stachanov, Ukraine with international operatic experience)
Sergei Kosov (virtuoso balalaika player from Moscow,
     a graduate of the prestigious Gnesin Academy and an honour of culture of Russia award winner).
Maria Nicol (Jazz vocalist from Gnesin Academy of Moscow) - taking part in Torquay concert only

The concert will be hosted by Lee Shetliffe, a popular entertainer, compere and cabaret performer based in the South West.

Performance dates:

Cygnet Theatre, Exeter on Friday 9th February 7.30pm
Central Church, Torquay, on Saturday 10th February 7pm
St John's Church, Taunton on Sunday 11th February at 3pm

There will be drinks and refreshments available during the interval.

There will also be a raffle with a chance to win a traditional RussianPrize.

Tickets £12 (65+ £10 U16 FREE when accompanied by an adult)

Tickets available to order:

Exeter: 01392 277189
Torquay: 01803 211211 & WeGotTicketsTaunton: 01823 340470

For information please contact Kate on 07505 884271
or email: ekaterinashetliffe@gmail.com