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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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‘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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Aplomb, empathy and élan in Madeleine Perring’s warm and confident debut recital

The human voice doesn’t really mature until twenty-five or more, so when, like Maddie Perring, you’re only sweet sixteen and giving your first solo recital, it’s not going to be the finished product just yet.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Minister Quartet leaves the audience happy after Plymouth lunchtime recital

It takes a lot of organising to plan a lunchtime recital series with almost twenty weekly events – to say nothing of needing to be on hand each time, just in case something goes wrong.

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St Andrew’s Lunchtime Summer Recital provides musical refreshment in a hot Plymouth

St Andrew’s Lunchtime Summer Recitals provide a welcome opportunity for anyone in the city centre to pop in, and perhaps have something to eat, as time permits. For the mainly-local recitalists involved, it can offer an eminently less-formal performance platform.

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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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University of Plymouth Choral Society sets the scene for the festive season

When the University of Plymouth Choral Society presents its annual Christmas Concert, you can always expect a varied programme of shorter, and often less-familiar works, excellent young soloists, and, most important, a tangible feeling of genuine enjoyment from the choir.

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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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