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Philip R Buttall was the Classical Music Writer at Plymouth Herald from 1997-2017. He is a sought-after piano teacher, composer and arranger, and online concert and CD reviewer. Further information and contact details are available at www.philiprbuttall.co.uk

‘We Will Remember’ – The Chamber Ensemble of London at Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Peter Fisher and the Chamber Ensemble of London return to the Duke of Cornwall Hotel on Sunday, November 19th at 3pm to perform Clive Jenkins’ ‘No Man’s Land’ for double bass and string orchestra.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Exeter with An Artist’s Reply – Russian response to criticism

On Thursday 7 December, the Great Hall, Exeter will once again host Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky and joined by the award-winning concert pianist Kirill Gerstein, whom the New York Times describes as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation”. ‘An Artist’s Reply’ includes three compositions from Russian composers, each a response to a personal threat.

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Masterful performance revealed in reissue of Moura Lympany’s ‘Complete Rachmaninov Preludes for Piano’

One of the many hats I wear is that of CD Reviewer. Each month, or so, I receive a list of newly-released CDs, and pick anything that takes my fancy therefrom to review. In my personal case, I’m especially interested in piano music, of course, and particularly from less-well-known composers.

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Joglaresa: 5 vocalists with medieval folk instruments

Directed by Belinda Sykes, Professor of Medieval Music at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Joglaresa (established in 1992) are, in the words of the Times, ‘… at the forefront of singers and instrumentalists whose study informs and shapes their imaginative recreation of medieval music making.’ And they will be performing in Devon
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Unlock the enigmas with EMG Symphony Orchestra

On Friday 3rd November join EMG Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Leo Geyer at Exeter Cathedral for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary celebratory concert, generously supported by Exeter City Council and Exeter BID. This promises to be a fabulous evening which is not to be missed.

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Christmas and New Year with the BSO

There’s never a Silent Night with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra during Christmas as they’re always out and about bringing festive cheer to thousands with their special series of yuletide concerts. So, step into Christmas at Lighthouse, Poole on Wednesday 13 December as, hallelujah, they perform Handel’s Messiah.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra shortlisted as finalists in Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

The Dementia Friendly Awards are the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual celebration and recognition of the achievements of individuals, organisations, projects and partnerships in creating dementia-friendly communities around the UK during the last 12 months.

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The Ticket Store launches online sales for The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Plymouth home venue

South West-based company The Ticket Store have announce that they are now providing an online and telephone box office service for the home venue of the internationally renowned Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.

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Katie Cowling comes home with Convivio as part of Totnes Early Music Society concert series

Totnes Early Music Society has teamed up with the Royal College of Music to bring their best students and former students to perform in Totnes as part of the TEMS annual concert series.

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The 110th Anniversary Concert For Improving Lives, Plymouth

There’s a great opportunity coming up shortly to join Plymouth’s Lord Mayor, Consort, and distinguished guests, as they celebrate Improving Lives – formerly The Plymouth Guild – as they reach their tremendous milestone of 110 years of service to the City of Plymouth.

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Young Performers star in new early music society season

In a programme which ranges from early Medieval dance music to elegant baroque music for the royal courts of Europe, the new season of six concerts from the Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) features its usual mix of musical styles, sounds and instruments, strange and familiar. This year’s programme has some outstanding young performers, who organisers say are destined for the top.

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Musical Battles, and the Trumpet, Naturally… Devon Baroque with Russell Gilmour at Dartington

Devon Baroque return to Dartington after their summer break with a scintillating programme of music for String Orchestra and two stunning Concertos featuring the virtuoso musician Russell Gilmour on Natural Trumpet.

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Aplomb, empathy and élan in Madeleine Perring’s warm and confident debut recital

The human voice doesn’t really mature until twenty-five or more, so when, like Maddie Perring, you’re only sweet sixteen and giving your first solo recital, it’s not going to be the finished product just yet.

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Bon bons aplenty in Kris Emmett and Gabrielle Lewis’s lunchtime recital in Plymouth

One of the nicest things about this year’s Lunchtime recital series is the diversity of instruments, musical genres and expertise on offer. It’s also been good to see that whereas some events appear more formal, others feel more casual – and something especially well-suited to a passing audience popping by for something to eat, or to catch up with friends afterwards.

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