Category Archives: Classical with Philip R Buttall

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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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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