Category Archives: Classical with Philip R Buttall

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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BSO to host a sublime evening of relaxing and soothing classical music at Exeter’s Great Hall

On Thursday 23 November, relax and unwind at Exeter’s Great Hall with a concert of some of the most beautiful classical music ever written.

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‘A festival of singing and rejoicing’: University of Plymouth Choral Society Christmas Concert

Towards the end of the summer the University of Plymouth Choral Society appointed a new Musical Director to take over from Simon Ible, who had just retired after some seventeen years at the helm.

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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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October and November at Calstock Arts

Calsock Arts is a community arts centre housed in a converted chapel on the banks of the Tamar. The new season is in full swing, with some exciting events ahead.

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