The Artisans are a lively band of four young musicians who bring Medieval and Renaissance music bang up to date. The group comprises Emily Askew on vielle, recorders, bagpipes, percussion and shawm; Hazel Askew, voice and medieval harp; Sarah Stuart, percussion and vielle; and Victoria Couper, voice. Each band member brings experience from a diversity of musical genres, including folk, world and early music and it is this background that allows them to create fresh and exciting interpretations of ancient music, while remaining true to its historical origins.
The flute and the harp have long been recognised by composers as a sublime combination with a strong visual and aural impact. So Concerts in the West is delighted to be offering West Country audiences a superb example of just such a partnership in the shape of Flautist Katherine Bicknell and concert harpist Keziah Thomas, who have been playing together since 1998 as the Aoyama Duo. They will be performing on 3 May at a new Devon venue, St Stephen's in Exeter.
The Aoyama Duo met at the Royal College of Music in their first term and went on to win the Douglas Whittaker prize for...
In recognition of the World War One centenary, Exeter University Choral Society is performing Karl Jenkins’ highly acclaimed work; ‘The Armed Man’ in the atmospheric Cathedral. Dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo Crisis, Jenkins intended this piece to have an anti-war stance. Jenkins acheives this through the use of diverse cross-cultural styles of music, including the Catholic Mass, a fifteenth century folk song entitled ‘L’Homme armé’ and a Muezzin soloist. The text also includes influences from the Bible, the Mahabharata and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Hymn Before Action’. ‘The Armed Man’ is...
The Exeter Singers, conducted by Tony Yates and with Matthew Wright on the piano will give a concert of varied choral music to suit all tastes, from Monteverdi to Jerome Kern. The musical items will be interspersed with poetry readings. Tickets cost £5 on the door. The proceeds will go to FORCE.
A new choral work by award-winning British composer Gabriel Jackson will be the centrepiece of a concert at Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 16 October 2013, as City of London Sinfonia continues its nationwide Fauré Requiem tour.
During 2013, the leading UK chamber orchestra is visiting ten of England’s finest Cathedrals for a concert series that takes audiences on a journey of liturgical music through the centuries. Each Cathedral choir will get the chance to perform with City of London Sinfonia, under the baton of the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Stephen Layton, one of the world’...
One of Britain's most sought after ensembles, the Aquinas Piano Trio, has been booked by Concerts in the West to play at St Michael & All Angels Church, Great Torrington on Saturday 14 September. The three players who form the trio - violinist Ruth Rogers, cellist Katherine Jenkinson and pianist Martin Cousin - are all major prizewinning solo artists in their own right and have performed at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the South Bank Centre.
Formed in 2009, The Aquinas Piano Trio has extensive chamber music experience with a busy concert...
Around Britten is an extensive tour of events by cellist Matthew Barley that pays homage to Benjamin Britten's creativity and innovation, taking his music to a kaleidoscope of venues far and wide around the UK — not just in concert halls — to celebrate Britten's centenary and to show that his music really is for everyone.
For more information regarding Matthew Barley and the 'Around Britten' tour, please visit the website .
Lovers of classical music are in for another treat at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Wednesday 15 May when renowned pianist Martin Cousin will play works by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov.
The concert begins at 7.30pm, booked pre-concert rustic suppers start at 6pm and drinks served from 6.30pm.
The second in the RAMM Development Trust Spring Concert Series sponsored by Business Club member Rathbones Investment Management, the programme includes:
• Beethoven - Sonata in E flat Op.7 • Brahms - Three Intermezzi Op.117 • Rachmaninov - Sonata no.1 in D...
The fact that Toby Kearney won the percussion section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2006 speaks volumes for the calibre of this young percussionist who, together with renowned pianist Harvey Davies, will be performing at St Michael and All Angels Church in Great Torrington, on Saturday 9 March, for the new 2013 Concerts in the West's series.
Toby Kearney is a must for audiences of all ages. As a percussionist his technique is first class and the energy he puts into his performances makes for compelling and exciting entertainment.