Classical Music: The Cider Press trio at Kelly College Tavistock
IF YOU'D like to know more about The Red Foxwhelp, Sweet Elford, or the curiously-named Slack My Girdle, then get along to the last recital in the current Kelly College Music Society Series in the Melvin Hall on Wednesday, March 13, at 7.45pm.
When Kelly Director of Music Andrew Wilson was approached by the Britannic Ensemble to write a new piece for them, he felt he should come up with something suitably Devonian – and what more appropriate then, than a piece about cider.
The resulting Cider Press Trio sets out to depict some of the best-known varieties, mentioned above, all pressed into a three-movement musical brew.
The Britannic Trio – Charlotte Bettle (flute), Victoria Small (oboe) and Suzy Ruffles (piano) – was formed in 2008, and now performs a wide range of repertoire, with a particular emphasis on the music of British composers.
Their Kelly programme includes works by Malcolm Arnold, Vaughan Williams, William Mathias and Madeleine Dring.
To celebrate Andrew's new work, as well as the end of the present season, a complimentary glass of local cider will be on offer as an alternative to the usual coffee and juice.
MISBEHAVING students, eccentric dons, and the mayhem of the Civil War come vividly to life when the Oxford Waits present The Frolics of Oxford at St Mary's Church, Totnes on Saturday, March 9, at 7.30pm, the next concert in the town's Early Music Society series.
Their lively singing and contemporary readings, in full period costume, will be supported by the likes of the lute, bagpipes recorder and hurdy-gurdy – to name but a few period instruments on the menu.
The five-strong ensemble performed for the Queen at the opening of Oxford Castle back in 2006, and made a great impression when they first played in Totnes three years ago, as part of the town's annual Festival.
THERE'S a rare West Country opportunity to hear legendary Australian concert-pianist Roger Woodward on Thursday, March 14, when he plays Debussy's second set of Preludes and a selection of Chopin Mazurkas at St Disen's Church, Bradninch, near Cullompton.
The recital is by way of a bonus, as Roger is actually en route to give a special recital at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, for an old friend of his who is making a substantial contribution to the university's Bodleian Library.
FINALLY, on Thursday, March 7, at 1pm, the 20th International Concert Series at the City Museum and Art Gallery concludes with a special Anniversary Local Composers' Concert, featuring Peter Fisher (violin).