Plymouth Philharmonic Choir's successful Brest trip
WHILE most ensembles are taking a well-earned summer break, a group of songsters from Plymouth Philharmonic Choir has recently returned from a mini-tour of Brittany, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth – Brest twinning association.
They opened their account with a concert in Plougastel-Daoulas, twinned with Saltash, followed by an equally successful one in Wembury's twin-town of Locmaria-Plouzane.
Conductor Christopher Fletcher had chosen music with a Anglo/French bias.
The local paper later reported: "This was a concert of great quality, where the audience paid a lengthy tribute to the choir and its soloists, sopranos Anne-Marie Smith, Glenda Jones and Sarah Burrill, with bass-baritone Mark Boocock."
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The full choir reconvenes in September, in order to start rehearsing for its next Guildhall date in December.
COMPOSITION has always provided a strong thread throughout Dartington International Summer School's 60-year history.
Week four sees Harrison Birtwistle in residence, while Johannes Maria Staud coaches the advanced composition class, with a number of concerts also featuring works by these two composers.
In fact songs by Birtwistle form part of an otherwise predominantly Mahler and Schubert recital by tenor Robert Murray, with Tom Poster (piano), which opens proceedings tomorrow at 7.45pm in the Great Hall.
Pianist Stephen Kovacevich is joined by Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) the same time on Sunday in a concert to include music by Mozart and Beethoven.
Monday's main offering, again at 7.45pm, presents the Czech-based Bennewitz Quartet in a programme of Bach/Birtwistle, Webern, Kurtag and Janacek, followed on Tuesday by Piano Trios by Haydn, Ravel, and some more Birtwistle.
The 10pm slot on Wednesday features music by Staud, Morgan Hayes and Bryn Harrison, while British pianist and composer Nicolas Hodges incorporates two further Birtwistle works in his Thursday recital at 7.45pm, alongside pieces by Debussy and Busoni.
Friday's highlight will surely be the Summer School Choir and Dartington Festival Orchestra's collaboration featuring Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and other Russian works in the Great Hall at 7.45pm.
JONATHAN Delbridge takes the next slot in the Liskeard Concert Series with an organ recital in St Martin's Church next Thursday, August 22.
While Mozart first coined the phrase, King of Instruments, the fine St Martin's organ, regarded as one of Cornwall's finest, should certainly live up to the name, especially with a varied programme to include Widor's Toccata, Elgar's Nimrod, Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on BACH, and Jonathan's own Trelawny Variations.
The concert begins at 7.30pm.
OF course, you don't get to hear much Chopin played on a church organ, so if you want to hear one of the composer's great exponents, then get along to The Music Room, Aeolian Court, Chudleigh on Saturday, August 24 at 7 for 7.45pm, when pianist Martino Tirimo plays the Polonaise-Fantaisie, 3 Mazurkas Op 59, the fourth Ballade, and the 24 Preludes.
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