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.
Continue reading Gusto and enthusiasm from choir with highly praised contribution from the orchestra: Uni of Plymouth Choral Society at Minster Church of St Andrew
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.
Continue reading Dartington Community Choir and Dartington Sinfonietta: ‘Elijah’ (Mendelssohn)
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.
Continue reading Joy tinged with sadness: Simon Ible’s final concert with Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta a roaring success
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.
Continue reading Poignant, warm, impassioned: Dartington Community Choir with narrator Vanessa Redgrave at the Great Hall, Dartington
With the title Mindful Visions: Metamorphosis, Daydreams and Fantasies, it was clear that the small, yet discerning audience would be in for a thought-provoking time. How much of this would appear truly engaging in the musical sense, however, would always be open to conjecture and subject to the listeners’ individual preferences.
Continue reading Mindful Visions reveals Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta’s musical skill and ingenuity
While this year’s annual Ten Tors expedition will be taking place once more in a couple of months, the orchestra that proudly bore the same name since 1998 has now given its final concert back in the same Dartmoor town where it started.
Continue reading Electrifying swansong for Ten Tors Orchestra in Tavistock
While this was effectively the last Ten Tors Orchestra Gala Christmas Concert as such, conductor Simon Ible ensured that every member of the packed audience still went home full of seasonal cheer and goodwill.
Continue reading Seasonal cheer and goodwill abounds in Ten Tors Orchestra last Gala Christmas Concert at Tavistock Parish Church
If you asked any choir aficionado to name a large-scale oratorio by Haydn, it would be a safe bet to expect The Creation by way of a reply.
Continue reading Haydn’s The Seasons treated with élan by Dartington Community Choir and the newly-formed Dartington Sinfonietta
University of Plymouth Choral Society concerts always tend to have something special about them, and none more than the Christmas event. However, this year’s event just seemed to have some extra charisma.
Continue reading Charismatic Christmas concert from the University of Plymouth Choral Society
There is nothing more disappointing than going to hear a large choir sing something they’ve been working really hard on, only for the guest soloists to end up having all the best bits on the night.
Continue reading University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia in stirring form at the Minster Church of St Andrew
Peninsula Arts in conjunction with Suzanne Sparrow Language School mounted a delightful tribute to William Shakespeare, 400 years to the day after his death, as part of the current celebrations happening around the country, and at Plymouth University.
Continue reading Delightful tribute to Shakespeare from Ten Tors Orchestra & Bath Spa University Chamber Choir (review)
The Ten Tors at Tavistock isn’t just mere alliteration – it’s a well-established annual event that truly marks the final countdown to Christmas, in a delightful moorland setting.
Continue reading ‘Countdown to Christmas, in a delightful moorland setting’: Ten Tors Orchestra & Choir with Alexander Robin Baker at Tavistock Church
Playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw wasn’t overly impressed by Mendelssohn’s Elijah, when he wrote that he’d sat through a performance as an act of professional devotion.
Continue reading ‘Simple sincerity and tonal beauty’: Plymouth Philharmonic Choir’s Elijah
A light and frothy performance of Mozart’s effervescent Marriage of Figaro Overture provided the perfect opener, with especially neat articulation from upper woodwind, and strings, led with usual aplomb by Mary Eade.
Continue reading ‘Great command and assurance’: Leland Chen with the Ten Tors Orchestra
Strings are generally regarded as the backbone of any orchestral ensemble, and this quite superb concert by the Ten Tors Strings under conductor Simon Ible not only attested to the skill of the players, but also confirmed why the orchestra, in full rig, can make such a fine sound, too.
Continue reading Dynamic leadership permeates Ten Tors Orchestra at the Minster Church of St Andrew (review)