Devon Baroque concert season at the Great Hall, Dartington
BACH wrote over 240 cantatas, so Devon Baroque has got more than enough to keep it going on these alone for many years to come.
For its next concert, in the superb ambiance of the Great Hall, Dartington, on Sunday February 17 at 3pm, this acclaimed period-instrument ensemble has chosen just two from Bach's vast repertory, and which represent arguably the composer's most creative writing and interplay between voice and instrument – Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and Ich habe genug.
Joining the orchestra will be Amy Carson (soprano) and Julian Rippon (baritone) – Amy took the role of Pamina in Kenneth Branagh's film of The Magic Flute, while Julian is a Lay Vicar in Exeter Cathedral Choir. If the cantatas are perhaps less familiar to the regular concert-goer, then Devon Baroque's new director Jonathan Watts has also included the composer's First and Third Orchestral Suites, the latter made famous for its Air on a G string. The orchestra's excellent string section, led on this occasion by violinist Persephone Gibbs, will be augmented by oboes, bassoon, trumpets and timpani.
Should you not be able to get along on the day, Devon Baroque is playing the same programme the previous day at Colyton's Church of St Andrew at 7.30pm.
If you can't get enough of historically-informed Baroque playing, then the orchestra – in a smaller ensemble rig – will be giving another concert at St Mary's Church, Totnes, in April, where the musical focus will be on Corelli and his contemporaries, as part of the town's on-going Early Music Society Series – full details to follow.
Think of Bix Beiderbecke, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and many more familiar names from the 1920s to the 1940s.
This era and its music is what Music Deco are all about. Soprano Kate Walker, Chris Gradwell (clarinet and saxophone), with Andrew Daldorph at the piano – combine instantly-recognisable melodies with some less-familiar ones, but all are guaranteed to leave the listener with an evening warmly remembered.
Conjuring up the very essence of the Deco period, their programme features not only jazz and light music, but some comedy along the way, seeking to recreate something of the typical smoky nightclub scene of the time – minus the smoke, of course. Their next outing takes them to Harrowbarrow and Metherell Village Hall on Saturday, February 16, at 7.30pm in aid of St Luke's Hospice. Nibbles will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own liquid refreshment along.