UK Premiere of Taiko Composition 'A Good Death' to take place in Exeter

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:56pm

Jonathan Kirby, Artistic Director of performing arts company Kagemusha Taiko, has produced a new piece of music with three taiko (drum) compositions entitled: Dignity, Love, and Legacy.

The inspiration for ‘A Good Death’ came from an interview about end-of-life care which Jonathan heard on the radio.

“When the interviewee said that a good death involved dignity, love and legacy, I knew immediately that I had to compose something for taiko on that theme,” said Jonathan.

“Taiko seemed to me to be the perfect medium for expressing these ideas because of the way...

Exeter School's Choral Society Concert: 48 years and still going strong

The 48th Exeter School Choral Society concert once again proved to be a highlight within the calendar of the broader school community.

Taking place in Exeter Cathedral, the choir consisted of parents, staff, friends and pupils, including Music teacher Tina Guthrie's Middle School Choir.

The orchestra of professional players featured a number of the school's visiting music teachers, along with several senior instrumentalist pupils.

The concert began with Haydn's magnificent Nelson Mass, under the baton of Assistant Director of Music Tom Brimelow. The work is a...

Centuries-old Devon songs return 'home' from Newfoundland

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:12pm

The centuries-old Devon songs that are returning ‘home’ from Newfoundland

Songs which travelled from Devon to Newfoundland when fishing communities made a new life for themselves in the New World are to be heard in the county again in a concert and lecture recital tour which visits Exeter in April.

It’s estimated that over 60% of people living in Canada’s most easterly province can trace their ancestry to South West England, and Devon in particular. It’s a link that spans 3,500 miles and hundreds of years and today, the Devon-Newfoundland connection lives on not just...

The Spring Concert

Event Date: 
25/03/2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter

Lift your spirits and say hello to spring with this wonderful and varied programme from the Exeter Symphony Orchestra.

We are pleased to welcome pianist Richard Deering to the stage to perform William Sterndale Bennett's sparkling Piano Concerto No 4. This is to mark the bicentenary of the composer's birth.

For those who like the more familiar, we will be playing the fabulous Karelia Suite by Jean Sibelius and the ever popular Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar.

The programme will end with Cesar Franck's great Symphony in D Minor.

This is a concert not to...

Fine Young Cannibals announced for Sounds of the Summer Festival

Chart-topping eighties band Fine Young Cannibals will complete the star-studded line-up of acts performing at this year’s Sounds of the Summer festival at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

The band, whose hits include She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing, was today revealed as the final act confirmed for the live music spectacular, which takes place on Sunday 16 July.

FYC will join an incredible line-up that includes reggae royalty UB40, nineties pop group All Saints and eighties rock/pop band China Crisis.

Fine Young Cannibals were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s and...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir dedicates 'Requiem' concert to former patron

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:06pm

Exeter Philharmonic Choir will perform its next concert - Verdi’s Requiem - on the 18th of March in memory of the late Sir Neville Marriner, who died in October last year, aged 92.

Sir Neville became Honorary Patron of the Choir in 1995. The following year, he and Lady Molly attended a concert on the occasion of the Choir's 150th Anniversary performance - after which he praised the singing of Handel’s Messiah in glowing terms.

Sir Neville’s last contact with Exeter Philharmonic Choir was in September last year when he sent an affectionate tribute for inclusion in the...

The Dreams Of Anne Frank

Event Date: 
03/05/2017 - 10:00am to 07/05/2017 - 2:30pm
Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road Exeter Devon EX1 1SN

In 1942, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, was forced into hiding with seven others in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Dreams of Anne Frank vividly brings her story to life in a poignant, beautiful and highly charged drama. Through movement, live music and song the play re-imagines and explores Anne Frank’s hidden world; a world in which she lived, fell in love, and dreamt of freedom.

Winner of the Time Out award for best children’s production during its London premiere, this imaginative play with music demystifies and humanizes Anne Frank’s story of tremendous bravery.


Clare McCaldin mezzo soprano

Event Date: 
16/03/2017 - 7:30pm
Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Hatherleigh

An outstanding mezzo-soprano will be taking centre stage at the second of Concerts in the West's 2017 concert series tour.

Clare McCaldin has a powerful creative influence and tremendous presence both on the opera stage and concert platform, which she will be demonstrating in full at performances in Lower Pulworthy (Devon), Bridport and Ilminster in March 2017.

Clare's diverse career encompasses a busy concert schedule and she has worked with pianists such as Libby Burgess, Iain Burnside, Andrew West and Paul Turner. She is committed to chamber music collaborations and has...

Exeter Cathedral: Candlelit Concert

Event Date: 
04/03/2017 - 7:00pm
Exeter Cathedral

Beautiful choral music for Lent and Passiontide (including Allegri "Miserere mei") performed in the candlelit nave of Exeter Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir (conductor: Timothy Noon)

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UB40 to headline Sounds of the Summer

Newton Abbot Racecourse is fast becoming one of the South West’s leading music venues with the announcement of its next annual music festival, Sounds of the Summer, which will take place this July.

On Sunday 16 July the racecourse will host UK reggae royalty, UB40, as they treat the crowd to some of the best known and loved hits of the 1980s including Red Red Wine, Rat in Mi Kitchen, One in Ten, Cherry Oh Baby, King and Food for Thought. The band, which hails originally from Birmingham, has achieved major chart success with over 50 of their singles appearing in the UK charts alone...