Bon bons aplenty in Kris Emmett and Gabrielle Lewis’s lunchtime recital in Plymouth

One of the nicest things about this year’s Lunchtime recital series is the diversity of instruments, musical genres and expertise on offer. It’s also been good to see that whereas some events appear more formal, others feel more casual – and something especially well-suited to a passing audience popping by for something to eat, or to catch up with friends afterwards.

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Power, delicacy, erudition and wit: Sean Sweeney at the Minster Church of St Andrew

When an organ recital opens with a piece called Exit, two piano solos find their way onto the programme, and the church organist – usually heard but not seen – imparts erudite knowledge with the delivery of a stand-up comedian, you know you’re in for something special.

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Paris round-trip skilfully imagined in Jeremy Clark’s lunchtime recital

Perhaps unsurprisingly, organ recitals have been the most frequent events in this year’s St Andrew’s Lunchtime Series. They give the instrument a regular workout, while encouraging each artist to bring something different to the table, programme-wise.

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Sand in hand: Looe welcomes new Plymouth College of Art Extended Degree students

Nearly 50 new students, from ages 18 to 60 and over, from Plymouth College of Art’s BA (Hons) Extended Degree course visited Looe beach to work together creating sand sculptures as part of an annual competition during their induction to the college.

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Glass buoys to speak up for fishing communities

Sea shanties, fishermen’s voices and the sounds of a day at sea all feature in a new interactive art exhibit designed to give a voice to marginalised fishing communities.

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We The People Are The Work: major visual arts extravaganza inspired by Plymouth’s people, heritage and future

We The People Are The Work is a major visual arts project in Plymouth that will explore ideas of power, protest and the public. Presented by Plymouth Visual Arts Programming Group and curated by Simon Morrissey, director of Foreground, the project will bring six internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico to Plymouth to create new artworks inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future.

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Catch up on culture – we’re on a mini grand tour

With our correspondents engaging in culturally enriching activities, we’ve decided to Grand Tour it ourselves for a few weeks.

But that doesn’t mean our cultural world has ground to a halt, far from it.

And you can still get in touch with your responses to our Artist Q&A, or drop us a line if you’d prefer a more personal approach.

Plus there’s plenty of classical music reviews to inspire you, as well as our interviews to get your teeth into.

Van Gogh Sunflowers go live on Facebook for virtual exhibition #SunflowersLive

Five masterpieces on three continents united for the first time ever on Facebook

In 1888/9 in Arles in the South of France, Vincent van Gogh painted several versions of one of the most famous paintings ever made – his Sunflowers.

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Cornwall ensemble Levowan spellbinding at St Andrew’s lunchtime recital

Levowan might be one of Cornwall’s smaller, and certainly newest vocal ensembles, but it kept its large audience spellbound with almost an hour’s uninterrupted singing, as part of the ongoing Lunchtime Recital Series at St Andrew’s.

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Well-balanced recital mixes poignancy with power: David Crocker at the Minster Church of St Andrew

Although six of this season’s lunchtime recitals involve solo organ, each one individually reflects the personality and playing style of the performer.

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Crafting constantly-changing emotions: Dante Quartet with Alinka Rowe at Tavistock Parish Church

Perhaps it’s the bracing moorland air, but Tavistock just seems to attract one festival after another, even when the Dantes’ biennial event officially centres on the Tamar Valley.

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David Stevens demonstrates the range of ‘king of instruments’ at St Andrews’ lunchtime recital

It’s no surprise that almost half of this year’s Summer Lunchtime Recitals at St Andrew’s involve the church’s impressive organ, since it’s one of the largest in the South West.

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‘It’s all about having conversations and making connections’: Artists announced for Exeter Contemporary Open 2017

This September, Exeter’s leading independent Contemporary Arts exhibition centre, Exeter Phoenix, will present a significant showcase exhibition of emerging and established contemporary visual artists from across the UK and beyond.

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Exhibition premiere of Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s film trilogy Finding Fanon at Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth Arts Centre is holding the exhibition premiere of Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s film trilogy Finding Fanon (2015-17). Recently shown as a one off screening at Tate Modern, the trilogy is a moving and multi-layered exploration of race, identity and globalisation.

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Elan and enjoyment: the Wivelscombe String Quartet at St Andrews, Plymouth

The two most appealing things about summer lunchtime recitals at St Andrews are the diversity of styles on offer, and the range of musical expertise of the performers, from professional to amateur, and well-seasoned, to primary-school novices.

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‘Sumptuous dish of Cornish Cream – Victorian style’: Three Spires Singers and Truro Choral Society perform ‘Elijah’ at Truro Cathedral (review)

Getting two large-scale choirs to come together is one thing, but finding somewhere for them to perform could prove a lot harder.

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