LUNCHTIME CONCERTS – MARCH
March 4th: Beacon Piano Trio – Anna Cockroft (violin) Ruth Lass (cello) and Joyce Clarke (piano). The Trio are making a welcome return having given us several concerts over the years which never fail to please.
March 11th: Rachael Curtis (soprano) Melanie Mehta (mezzo-soprano) and Peter Wilson (piano). They have been to us before so we know we can be assured of an enjoyable concert.
March 18th: Tim Othen (piano). Tim has also played for us several times and plays a variety of music from both the Classical and the Romantic periods.so again we’ll have a most enjoyable concert. He is also a good jazz pianist.
March 25th: Wood Farm Wind Quintet – Robert Stephenson (flute), Andrew Maries (oboe), Chris Gradwell (clarinet) Trevor Ives (horn) and Alan Boxer (bassoon) They also have played for us before and it’s always good to have a group which is rather different from piano, strings or singers. They are certain to perform quite a variety of music.
April 1st: Joyce Clarke (piano). Joyce usually gives us two concerts each season and is also the pianist for the Beacon Piano Trio. Again a variety of music is to be expected.
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS – February
February 5th : “Pieces of Eight” This is a group of singers, nominally eight of them, from St. David’s Singers in Exeter. Their conductor is Mark Perry. They will probably sing a wide range of music all unaccompanied – what is properly called A Capella.
February 12th : Angela Ashwin (cello) with Audrey Williams (piano) Angela is part of String Theory string quartet who will have played for us on 29 th January, so both Angela and Audrey have been to us before. Until very recently Audrey was the Organist and Director of Music at Withycombe Parish Church.
February 19th : Peter King (organ) This is a first visit for us. Peter was Director of Music at Bath Abbey until retiring and coming to live in Exeter. He is currently President of Exeter
& District Organists’ Association and very high up in the English organ world. He now performs regularly at various venues in Devon and further afield. He is a brilliant organist and I think we are lucky to have someone coming of his calibre.
February 26th – Annabel Rooney (cello) and Josephine Pickering (piano) Both have been to us before and if you’ve heard Annabel you’ll know she is a brilliant cellist producing a big tone. Annabel is the daughter of our own Ian and Josephine McLaughlan and lives in Exeter.
December/January – details of upcoming lunchtime concerts – Wednesdays at 12.30pm
4th December: Melanie Mehta and friends: Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other items with a Christmas flavour. Melanie has sung for us before.
After this concert there is a break until 8th January
8th January: Phil Bonser (clarinet) and Dorothy Raven (piano). They were going to play for us in November but Dorothy had a cataract operation the day before, so needed to postpone their visit. Nina Leonard-Savicevic, who was due to play for us on this date, has damaged a finger and needs to rest it, bur hopes to come at a later date. Phil and Dorothy have been to us before and we can look forward to a brilliant performance.
15th January: Samantha Muir (guitar) Samantha is a very accomplished classical guitarist, who also plays a very small guitar called a machete. I don’t know if she is bringing her pupil Lara Taylor with her, who also plays guitar. Sam and Lara have both played for us before.
22nd January: Josephine Pickering and David Lee (piano duets) I rather think they have played for us before so you should know what to expect.
29th January : String Theory (string quartet) I’m not sure at the moment who the actual artists will be but there will be two violinists, viola and cello. They played for us for the first time in our last season.
Concerts start at 12.30pm, with tea and coffee available in the hall from 12 noon.
November/December – details of upcoming lunchtime concerts – Wednesdays at 12.30pm
6th Beacon Piano Trio – Anna Cockroft (violin) Ruth Lass (cello) and Joyce Clarke (piano) The “Beacons” have been coming to us ever since the Lunchtime Concerts were started although Ruth is the only member who has played with them from the start. We keep asking them to come back as they are such excellent players and always give us a concert which is well worthy of support. They will be coming again on 4th March next year.
13th Bel Canto Singers. This is a group who have not performed for us before. They are a mixed group of men and women who usually sing A Capella (unaccompanied) Their conductor, Alan Boxer is a member of Wood Farm Wind Quintet who themselves are coming to us on 25th March.
20th Phil Bonser (clarinet) and Dorothy Raven (piano). Again this duo are making a welcome return visit. Phil has been to us quite a few times over the years and is a brilliant clarinettist whilst Dorothy has been before but not so often as Phil. She is an accomplished accompanist.
27th Joyce Clarke (piano). This will be a solo piano recital by Joyce who is also the pianist with the Beacon Piano Trio. Her programmes always delight out audience so you shouldn’t need much persuading to come! Piano solo is always popular and usually draws a very good audience.
4th December. Melanie Mehta and friends. They are hoping to sing Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other items with a Christmas flavour. Melanie again has sung for us before.
After this concert there is a break until 8th January when Nina Leonard-Savicevic will be playing a piano recital.
All are welcome at any of the concerts with tea and coffee available in our hall from 12 noon with the concerts starting at 12.30 for about three quarters of an hour. There is always a retiring collection with the balance going to a church project after the artists have been given their “expenses”.
Here are the details of our concerts in October :-
2nd – Piano Recital by Tim Othen. Tim has played for us several times over the years and as well as being an excellent pianist always delights us with a varied programme.
9th – Mark Hansford (baritone) accompanied by Josephine Pickering on the piano. Both of them have given us concerts in previous years. Mark very often includes some lighter songs. In order to give his voice a rest Josephine and I will probably play a piano duet half way through.
16th – Luc Walpot (harp). Luc played for us for the first time in January this year and attracted a good audience as we’d never had a harpist before, so hopefully there will be a big audience again this time.
23rd – Le Jazz duo, Chris Gradwell (clarinet) and Andrew Barratt (guitar). They too have played for us before and as their name suggests their programme is”gentle” jazz. This is the only jazz concert in the season. Chris is also part of the Wood Farm Wind Quartet who will be playing classical music for us next year on 25th March.
30th – Stella Maris Trio, Iryna Linystka (mezzo-soprano) Vicki Marilota (soprano) and Sam Baker (piano). They too have been before and are a very talented group of young musicians.
Just a reminder that all the concerts are on Wednesdays starting at 12.30 for about three quarters of an hour. Tea/coffee will be available in our Hall from 12 noon. The concerts last about three quarters of an hour. Although they are free it is only possible to put them on as we are dependent on the proceeds of a retiring collection each week with the surplus money going to a project (yet to be decided) in the Church. Do come if you’ve not been before.
The Lunchtime Concerts are on hiatus until October. Check back in the Autumn for our new programme.
Lunchtime Concerts in April
We are drawing to the close of this season but there are still some excellent concerts to come.
April 3rd – Joyce Clarke (piano) Joyce doesn’t really need any comment as she has played for us a number of times over previous seasons both as solo pianist and as pianist for the Beacon Piano Trio.
April 10th – Annabel Rooney (cello) and Josephine Pickering (piano) Again both these artists have played for us before. Annabel is Ian & Josephine McLaughlan’s daughter.
April 17th – Stella Maris Trio = Victoria Armillota (soprano) Iryna Linytaka (mezzo-soprano) and Sam Baker (piano) This Trio has performed a few times before so you’ll know how good they are.
April 24th – An-Ting Chan (piano) At last those who have asked me if An-Ting is coming again will have their reward for she is a brilliant pianist and people were very keen to hear her again. I think she is the only artist in all the years of our concerts who has received a standing ovation.
May 1st – This is an extra Charity Concert and will be given by Iryna Linytaka (Mezzo-soprano) with Ekaterina Shetliffe (piano) Iryna is a real mezzo, not a soprano who sings a bit lower!! She has a remarkable voice. They will be performing a programme of Mozart and Rossini.
Instead of the proceeds going to church projects this concert will be for Water Aid, a charity which Glenorchy has supported in recent years, so I hope you will be generous.
Lunchtime Concerts in March
March 6th: Wood Farm Wind Quintet. Their members are Robert Stephenson (flute); Andrew Maries (oboe); Chris Gradwell (clarinet); Trevor Ives (horn); Alan Boxer (bassoon). They have played for us several times now. Chris Gradwell also plays “gentle jazz” and you’ll have heard him if you came to the concert on 10th October last year. A Wind Quintet is something a little different.
March 13th: Beacon Piano Trio. “The Beacons” are always popular and have been playing for us for quite a few years. Their members are Anna Cockroft (violin); Ruth Lass (cello) and Joyce Clarke (piano)
March 20th: Margaret Aagesen Hughes (soprano) with Andrew Wilson (piano). It’s a little while since Margaret last sang for us, though Andrew has been more recently.
March 27th: Dorothy Ferrier (soprano) with Dorothy Worthington (piano) They have been to us before, though not for a couple of years. They will be doing the first half of the programme. The second half will be Mark Hansford (baritone) with Josephine Pickering (piano) Mark sang for us in the first half of the current season on 17th October.