Plymouth’s Mother Church in Royal Parade has built up quite a reputation as an evening concert venue, but, for some years, has also promoted a series of Lunchtime Recitals which take place every Wednesday through the summer, both for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.
The emphasis is always on variety, and many of the performers are highly-accomplished amateur musicians who just enjoy coming along to play.
All recitals start at 1.10pm, and run for 40 minutes or so. The mood is informal, so, if suddenly you get a text asking you to return to the office, then, as long as you’re relatively quiet about it, leaving early is fine – as, for example, is arriving slightly after it’s started.
You can buy lunch in the church or bring your own refreshments, using a little discretion here, of course.
Admission is free, but if you wish to make a donation, you are more than welcome to do so.
The 2018 series has already started, and runs through until September 26. Here are the artists you can look forward to this season:
Wednesday June 13: David Crocker (Organ)
Wednesday June 20: Isabel Martin (Harp)
Wednesday June 27: Gabrielle Lewis (Organ)
Wednesday July 4: Olwen Knowles (Clarinet)
Wednesday July 11: Fiona Austen (Harp)
Wednesday July 18: Anna Ryland-Jones (Cello)
Wednesday July 25: Levowan 12 (Choir)
Wednesday August 1: Christine Lewis (Organ & Piano)
Wednesday August 8: Caitlin McAndry (Cello)
Wednesday August 15: Richard Line (Organ)
Wednesday August 22: Obligato String Quartet
Wednesday August 29: David Stevens (Organ)
Wednesday September 5: Wivelscombe String Quartet
Wednesday September 12: Sean Sweeney (Organ)
Wednesday September 19: Kris Emmett (Flute)
Wednesday September 26: Kammarkören Idun (Choir)
Further information, or notices of any change of artist occasionally appear on the church’s website.
Philip R Buttall
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