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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

Lasting impression of intimate power: Ed Jones kicks off Summer Recitals at St Andrew’s, Plymouth

There couldn’t have been a better way to kick off this season’s series of Summer Recitals than Ed Jones’s outstanding performance at the splendid St Andrew’s organ.

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The end of an era: University of Plymouth Choral Society & Sinfonia mark the retirement of Simon Ible with trademark poignancy

This was the regular end-of-academic-year concert by the University of Plymouth Choral Society, but it also marked the end of an era.

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Poignant, warm, impassioned: Dartington Community Choir with narrator Vanessa Redgrave at the Great Hall, Dartington

Dartington Community Choir is one of those large-scale vocal ensembles that always seems to have the knack of appropriate programming for any time of the year.

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Inspirational North Devon Sinfonia show pzaz at Tavistock Parish Church for special arts festival concert

A packed church was ready to greet their relative next-door neighbours for what was an exciting and highly-enjoyable concert, given as part of Tavistock’s ongoing Arts Festival.

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Ideal end to Totnes Early Music Society season with delightful recital by Concentus VII

There couldn’t have been a better way to finish the current season of the Totnes Early Music Society series, than this delightful recital by Concentus VII.

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A sumptuous feast of moorland music: Dante Quartet with Mark Bebbington at Tavistock Church

Presidents of musical associations and ensembles tend more often to be merely figureheads. But when you’re also a highly prolific and respected local composer in your own right, then you should expect a part of the action on the night.

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Mindful Visions reveals Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta’s musical skill and ingenuity

With the title Mindful Visions: Metamorphosis, Daydreams and Fantasies, it was clear that the small, yet discerning audience would be in for a thought-provoking time. How much of this would appear truly engaging in the musical sense, however, would always be open to conjecture and subject to the listeners’ individual preferences.

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