Medics aren’t usually best-known for blowing their own trumpet – except, that is, when they play the top two parts in a brass ensemble. Some three years ago, medical doctors Ben Dawson and Bruce Fox teamed up with academic doctors Debby Cotton (horn) and Matthew Watkinson (tuba) – educational researcher and geologist respectively – and professional trombonist Jamie Dove, to form Portland Square Brass Quintet.
Take some of the world’s most pompous songs of hubris to create one tune of hope.
Having already commented on the piano tone, it was somewhat worrying to see it miked up this time, where every sound was now going to be amplified, and played back through the PA system – something that tends to make things worse, rather than better.
Following the overwhelming popularity of this year’s Graduate Shows, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art has selected some of the most exciting graduating students from across the college to create B.O.S.S, the Best Of Summer Show exhibition. B.O.S.S. collects works that demonstrate excellence, innovation and the ambitions of their creators, and is free and open to members of the public until Wednesday 24 August 2016.
This year marked The Exon Singers’ Golden Jubilee, so the closing event of the 2016 annual festival should prove to be something rather special.
It takes a lot of organising to plan a lunchtime recital series with almost twenty weekly events – to say nothing of needing to be on hand each time, just in case something goes wrong.
Last month 19-year-old Carmen Kirkby, from Plymouth, and 21-year-old Anaya Harrup, from Surrey, both of whom recently graduated with Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design from Plymouth College of Art, were selected out of hundreds of international young artists to exhibit at one of the world’s leading art institutions, Tate Modern, in London.