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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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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir superb in bringing Monteverdi’s Vespers to life

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir – Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
Plymouth Guildhall

Monteverdi’s Vespers was written over a hundred years earlier than some of the other big guns in Baroque choral repertoire, like Handel’s Messiah, or Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Yet performances only started happening during the 1930s, spurred on by the post-war interest in early music.

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Internationally-acclaimed Dutch design collective Envisions in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

As the realms of design and manufacturing converge and the designer increasingly takes on the role of both inventor and maker, the traditional production process is subject to change.

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Jeanie Moore MVO: ‘Christmases Remembered’

From the age of 3, music has been a constant thread throughout Jeanie Moore’s life. After her early musical studies, which included piano and voice, Jeanie joined her husband in collecting and singing ballads from around the world.

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Organ recital kicks off new series of lunchtime music events at Sherwell United Church

Thursday November 23 in Sherwell Church, North Hill, Plymouth at 1pm

A new series of lunchtime music events kicks off on Thursday 23 November 2017 with renowned local organist Richard Line at the keyboard.

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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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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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Plymouth College of Art invests in city centre home for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students

Palace Studios, Plymouth College of Art’s new dedicated building for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students, is due to open August 2017 on Buckwell Street in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre, adjacent to the planned British Land-owned Bretonside multiplex and cinema redevelopment and on the same street as the college’s new Palace Court campus, which was shortlisted for Building of the Year Award last year by The Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall.

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Watch out for a wolf in a sheep’s coat plus precise felt wildlife in 45 Southside’s Creatures 2017 exhibition

At one time or another we have all had our hearts touched by furry or feathered friends. And so have those talented artists connected to Plymouth 45 Southside Gallery in the city’s Barbican.

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Plymouth Festival of Words promises a celebration of literary talent

A Star Wars actor, a Booker Prize nominee, and the acclaimed director of one of the 1980s’ iconic black comedies will be among the lead figures appearing at the inaugural Plymouth Festival of Words.

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Fun and enjoyment from the Portland Square Brass Quintet at The Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth

Medics aren’t usually best-known for blowing their own trumpet – except, that is, when they play the top two parts in a brass ensemble. Some three years ago, medical doctors Ben Dawson and Bruce Fox teamed up with academic doctors Debby Cotton (horn) and Matthew Watkinson (tuba) – educational researcher and geologist respectively – and professional trombonist Jamie Dove, to form Portland Square Brass Quintet.

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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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