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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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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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Inspirational North Devon Sinfonia show pzaz at Tavistock Parish Church for special arts festival concert

A packed church was ready to greet their relative next-door neighbours for what was an exciting and highly-enjoyable concert, given as part of Tavistock’s ongoing Arts Festival.

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‘Talk of the town for years to come’: Beethoven Weekend from the Torbay Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral concerts often include one concerto, but two are unusual, unless you’re talking shorter works from the Baroque. Three is virtually unheard of unless you happen to be Torbay Symphony Orchestra (TSO), who not only played the first three Beethoven Piano Concertos on one night, but followed this with the Fourth and Fifth the next day.

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Joel Munday and Peter Clarke’s lunchtime recital leaves the audience with a spring in their step

Picking a lunchtime recital programme is not unlike planning a midday meal. Shorter and immediately appealing items are generally better tolerated than something heavy and ponderous, and which then might need the rest of the afternoon to digest.

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Warm tones from Mediterranean-inspired music in Plymouth

Although the forecast balmy weather hadn’t materialised, there were more than enough pyrotechnics allied to a gloriously warm tone to ensure the heat was well and truly turned on throughout this very enjoyable and varied recital of music inspired by the Mediterranean, and from composers in its vicinity.

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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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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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Freshness and crispness of Nordic Waves recital at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University (review)

Nordic Waves might sound more like the name of a deodorant, but it proved the ideal title for this delightful programme of chamber music from Northern Europe,

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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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Boyan Ensemble of Kiev on exciting form at Tavistock Church (review)

Music has that wonderful ability to transcend political oppression, and indeed, in the case of the Boyan Ensemble, to crank up the emotions, particularly in the second half of this highly-enjoyable concert, when the singers featured folk music from their native Ukraine.

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