Category Archives: Classical with Philip R Buttall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brings its Cello Eulogy Concert to Exeter and Plymouth

Wednesday 21 & Friday 23 February 2018
Exeter University Great Hall, and Plymouth Guildhall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Christoph König, will perform ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ at Exeter University Great Hall, and Plymouth Guildhall on Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 February 2018 respectively, both performances starting at 7.30pm. Christoph König is a conductor of deep intelligence and musicality who is widely admired for his sensitivity, clarity and elegant interpretations.

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Dartington Community Choir’s enthralling Elijah (review)

Dartington Community Choir: Elijah
Great Hall, Dartington
December 10, 2017

A week or so before Dartington Community Choir’s performance of Elijah took place, social-media site Facebook was somewhat buzzing, following a post from one of the orchestral musicians who would be playing on the night, commenting on some aspects of the oratorio which didn’t always seem to endear the work to everyone – listener or performer.

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Gusto and enthusiasm from choir with highly praised contribution from the orchestra: Uni of Plymouth Choral Society at Minster Church of St Andrew

University of Plymouth Choral Society
Minster Church of St Andrew
December 9, 2017

When Sir Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United, he wisely did so when the iconic football club was at its peak, back at the end of the 2012-2013 season. While this ensured that he left right at the top of his managerial career, it then made him a considerably harder act to follow. Simon Ible stood down as Musical Director of the University of Plymouth Choral Society (UPCS) just this summer, and similarly when the choir was riding high.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Last Night of the Christmas Proms’ to get festivities in full swing at the Great Hall Exeter

Wednesday 20 December at 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, together with popular guest-conductor Pete Harrison, will present an evening of seasonal classics and hits from shows at the Great Hall, Exeter on Wednesday 20 December at 7.30pm. Joining them from the London stages will be talented singers Annie Skates and James Spilling for a Christmas concert with a distinct Broadway flavour.

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STOP PRESS: Change of conductor for ‘An Artist’s Reply’

Thursday December 7 – University of Exeter Great Hall at 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has just announced that there will be a change of conductor for tomorrow evening’s ‘An Artist’s Reply’ Concert at the University of Exeter Great Hall.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Monumental Brahms concert comes to Exeter

Thursday 1 February 2018 at the University of Exeter Great Hall at 7.30pm

On Thursday 1 February, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under its chief conductor Kirill Karabits, will return to Exeter’s Great Hall. Joining the BSO will be the award-winning concert-pianist Sunwook Kim, who will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1, alongside exploring the Ukrainian symphonic tradition with the 3rd Symphony of Boris Lyatoshinsky.

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Dartington Community Choir and Dartington Sinfonietta: ‘Elijah’ (Mendelssohn)

Sunday 10th December 2017 at 7.30pm, Great Hall, Dartington

The choir is pleased to announce that this Christmas it will bring one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire to the Dartington Great Hall.

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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir superb in bringing Monteverdi’s Vespers to life

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir – Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
Plymouth Guildhall

Monteverdi’s Vespers was written over a hundred years earlier than some of the other big guns in Baroque choral repertoire, like Handel’s Messiah, or Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Yet performances only started happening during the 1930s, spurred on by the post-war interest in early music.

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University of Plymouth Choral Society – Annual Christmas Concert

Saturday December 9 in the Minster Church of St Andrew at 7.30pm

The University of Plymouth Choral Society present their annual Christmas Concert in the Minster Church of St Andrew on December 9th at 7.30pm, and this year there will be a slightly different feel, as they welcome their new Musical Director – Alice Dennis BEM.

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Jeanie Moore MVO: ‘Christmases Remembered’

From the age of 3, music has been a constant thread throughout Jeanie Moore’s life. After her early musical studies, which included piano and voice, Jeanie joined her husband in collecting and singing ballads from around the world.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Triumph and Passion concert comes to Exeter

Friday 26 January 2018 – University of Exeter Great Hall ay 7.30pm

On Friday 26 January 2018, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov, will perform a concert filled with triumph and passion.

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PSO create musical fireworks and Alexander Ullman shows the panache of his immense pianist power at Plymouth Guildhall (review)

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Ullman (piano)
Plymouth Guildhall

If Saint Cecilia – patron saint of music and musicians – was up there watching a live streaming of Plymouth Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) latest concert, which took place appropriately enough on her annual saint’s feast day, I’m sure she would have been really delighted with what she saw, and heard.

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Brent Singers Christmas Concert offers something slightly different

Saturday December 9 at 7.30pm in St Petroc’s Church, South Brent

This year’s Brent Singers Christmas Concert on 9th December at 7.30pm in St.Petroc’s Church, South Brent is taking a slightly different form.

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East Cornwall Bach Choir presents Two Concerts for the Christmas Season

Nine Lessons & Carols
Wednesday December 6 at 7.30pm in St Germans Priory Church

Service led by parishioners of St Germans, featuring East Cornwall Bach Choir (ECBC) in Carols & Motets, and Christmas Hymns for everybody, with Mike Hodge (organ) and Chris Howarth (conductor).

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‘Proper Job!’: Three Spires Singers and Orchestra in the lovely surroundings of Truro Cathedral (review)

Truro Cathedral – Saturday November 18

As a former schoolteacher, examiner – and now reviewer – it’s always vital to remain objective where any assessments are involved.

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Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Torquay to celebrate the New Year with some sparkling Strauss waltzes, marches and polkas

Sunday 7 January 2018 – Riviera International Centre, Torquay at 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under its Young Conductor-in-Association, Victor Aviat, will perform works by the ‘Waltz King’, Johann Strauss at Riviera International Centre, Torquay on Sunday 7 January, 7:30pm. Joining them to welcome in the New Year will be the Welsh born Soprano Rhian Lois.

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Rosafresca with Hayley Guest – Songs Christopher Columbus might have heard

Friday December 1 in the United Free Church, Totnes, at 7.30pm

While Christopher Columbus was off exploring the New World, a fascinating project was unfolding in Spain. Over a period of decades, a collection of songs from across the newly united country was taking shape.

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Organ recital kicks off new series of lunchtime music events at Sherwell United Church

Thursday November 23 in Sherwell Church, North Hill, Plymouth at 1pm

A new series of lunchtime music events kicks off on Thursday 23 November 2017 with renowned local organist Richard Line at the keyboard.

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BSO Change Makers’ programme announces appointment of Composer-in-Residence Alexander Campkin

In August, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra made the exciting announcement that it was recruiting a Composer-in-Residence for its Change Makers project.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Last Night of the Christmas Proms’ to get festivities in full swing at the Great Hall Exeter

Wednesday December 20 in the Great Hall, Exeter University at 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, together with popular guest-conductor Pete Harrison, will present an evening of seasonal classics and hits from shows at the Great Hall, Exeter on Wednesday 20 December at 7.30pm.

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