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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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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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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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