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Gusto and enthusiasm from choir with highly praised contribution from the orchestra: Uni of Plymouth Choral Society at Minster Church of St Andrew

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.

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Dartington Community Choir and Dartington Sinfonietta: ‘Elijah’ (Mendelssohn)

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.

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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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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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Mindful Visions reveals Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta’s musical skill and ingenuity

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.

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Electrifying swansong for Ten Tors Orchestra in Tavistock

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.

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Seasonal cheer and goodwill abounds in Ten Tors Orchestra last Gala Christmas Concert at Tavistock Parish Church

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.

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Haydn’s The Seasons treated with élan by Dartington Community Choir and the newly-formed Dartington Sinfonietta

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.

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Charismatic Christmas concert from the University of Plymouth Choral Society

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.

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University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia in stirring form at the Minster Church of St Andrew

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.

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Delightful tribute to Shakespeare from Ten Tors Orchestra & Bath Spa University Chamber Choir (review)

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.

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University of Plymouth Choral Society welcomes spring to a delighted audience at Minster Church of St Andrew

Most of us can remember our school concerts, whether we took part, or were just there to listen.

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‘Countdown to Christmas, in a delightful moorland setting’: Ten Tors Orchestra & Choir with Alexander Robin Baker at Tavistock Church

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.

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‘Great command and assurance’: Leland Chen with the Ten Tors Orchestra

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.

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Dynamic leadership permeates Ten Tors Orchestra at the Minster Church of St Andrew (review)

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.

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