Category Archives: Classical with Philip R Buttall

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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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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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir perform Monteverdi’s Vespers

Sunday November 26 in Plymouth Guildhall at 7.30pm

Monteverdi’s Vespers has been described as a ‘towering masterpiece’. It is intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual – a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets.

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‘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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