All posts by Philip Buttall

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

Crafting constantly-changing emotions: Dante Quartet with Alinka Rowe at Tavistock Parish Church

Perhaps it’s the bracing moorland air, but Tavistock just seems to attract one festival after another, even when the Dantes’ biennial event officially centres on the Tamar Valley.

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David Stevens demonstrates the range of ‘king of instruments’ at St Andrews’ lunchtime recital

It’s no surprise that almost half of this year’s Summer Lunchtime Recitals at St Andrew’s involve the church’s impressive organ, since it’s one of the largest in the South West.

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Elan and enjoyment: the Wivelscombe String Quartet at St Andrews, Plymouth

The two most appealing things about summer lunchtime recitals at St Andrews are the diversity of styles on offer, and the range of musical expertise of the performers, from professional to amateur, and well-seasoned, to primary-school novices.

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‘Sumptuous dish of Cornish Cream – Victorian style’: Three Spires Singers and Truro Choral Society perform ‘Elijah’ at Truro Cathedral (review)

Getting two large-scale choirs to come together is one thing, but finding somewhere for them to perform could prove a lot harder.

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Joy tinged with sadness: Simon Ible’s final concert with Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta a roaring success

The Gala Concert of this year’s Peninsula Arts Words and Music Festival was in many ways a joyful affair, full of schmaltzy melodies, lush orchestrations, conductor Simon Ible’s now-legendary successful mix of styles, and the contribution from soprano soloist, Jeni Bern.

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Quick, clever and very funny, with a dash of nostalgia: Kit & McConnel open Plymouth Words and Music Festival

When a Cabaret Duo gets to perform at a private function in Clarence House in front of members of the Royal Family, it must really be something special.

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