CONCERT-organisers are actually spoilt for choice most years, when looking for a composer celebrating some kind of anniversary or other.
2013 is certainly no exception, with well over a hundred names to choose from, including Wagner, Verdi, Corelli and our own Benjamin Britten.
But the first composer to get off the mark locally is Francis Poulenc, when Kelly College Music Society presents The Composer's Life Through His Music, featuring soprano Jacqueline White and Clive Matthews (piano) on Wednesday, January 16 in the Melvin Hall at 7.45pm.
The duo, in fact, began working together in 2011 after discovering a shared love for the French composer's music, and their recital, marking the 50th anniversary of his death, comprises a chronological selection of songs and solo piano music, together with a performance of his narrated musical story L'Histoire de Babar.
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There is ample free parking on the night, disabled access, and complimentary coffee served during the interval.
The duo moves on to Newton Abbot's Courtenay Centre on Friday, January 18 at 7.30pm, when it presents the same programme as part of the town's Society of Arts Series (NADSA) – another small, yet equally vibrant organisation with an impressive annual programme of concerts.
As well as its more obvious cultural role, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has also gained an enviable reputation for the concerts it has hosted over the years, particularly those during the lunchtime.
At a time when funding seems otherwise hard to come by, it has recently been named as one of only 12 venues nationwide to be assigned a music-events producer through a new scheme called New Music Plus…UK, a professional development programme funded by PRS for Music Foundation.
The Museum's producer is Danielle Rose, whose work in the arts has already included Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts, Inside Out Dorset Festival and The Dartington Hall Trust.
Acting Museum-Manager Mark Tosdevin said: "Danielle is currently busy meeting members of staff, researching and pulling all her ideas together.
"Joining forces with her should result in some exciting music at the Museum and Art Gallery and possibly some of our other historic sites during 2013 and 2014."
Danielle's brief will ultimately reflect her broad musical interests.
But any emerging new series should doubtless mirror the same diversity of genres which characterised her recent involvement at Dartington, and which have similarly been the rationale at the Museum over the years.
Further details of most events mentioned can be found online at Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary.