Two Moors Festival
13th to 21st October 2017

The 2016 Festival - 22 to 29 October

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Welcome to the Two Moors Festival - one of the most exciting chamber music festivals in Britain.

Concerts at the highest level possible take place in some of the most rural and scenic areas tucked away in the depths of Dartmoor and Exmoor. To whet your appetite, this year’s artists include Alison Balsom, Tom Poster, Michael Barenboim and many more besides.

There are twenty-three recitals and concerts taking place between the 22nd and 29th October. The repertoire is varied, exciting and covers a time span from Gregorian Chant to the present day. There are serious recitals, a family concert, a workshop for anyone who enjoys singing, open rehearsals and the Young Musicians Platform winners event to attend. Ticket prices are competitive too, so what more could one wish for!

Many visitors enjoy combining a holiday with culture. Sampling a cream tea followed by an evening of Schubert and Brahms is a good mix; fish and chips from one of the excellent pubs in the area would certainly provide stamina for the singing workshop and a glass or two of cider would put one in the right frame of mind for the Victorian Feast!

Do come and bring your friends! You don’t need to travel to London for music in a class of its own.

 

Carducci String Quartet

Date: Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm
Location: St. Paul's Church, Tiverton EX16 5HU

Described by the Strad as ‘having played a blinder at the Wigmore Hall’, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful ensembles. Performing over ninety concerts worldwide each year, it the quartet also has its own recording label ‘Carducci Classics’. They run a successful annual festival on the outskirts of Gloucester, and curated their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto-Carducci in 2014.

Since his success as a joint winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Peter Donohoe has gained international renown as one of the foremost pianists of today. His musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique have led to appearances with the world’s major orchestras and conductors of the day.

Concert supported by Exeter & District Classical Music Trust

Beethoven - String Quartet in C major Op 59 No 3
Mozart - Piano Concerto in A major K414 No 12
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57


Opus Anglicanum

Date: Sunday 23rd October, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Location: St. George's Church, Dunster TA24 6RY

Gregorian Chant Workshop - Directed by John Rowlands-Pritchard

Such was the success of the Gregorian Workshop day in 2014 that John Rowlands-Pritchard and Opus Anglicanum make a welcome return to the Festival. John will lead an entertaining, informative and enjoyable day structured around the monastic service. The workshop is open to everyone and no prior knowledge is required. All are welcome!


Opus Anglicanum and Zeb Soanes (reader)

Date: Sunday 23rd October, 4.00pm
Location: St. George's Church, Dunster TA24 6RY

Concert - The Song of Angels - Directed by John Rowlands-Pritchard

In celebration of angels as invisible companions and guardians, spiritual warriors and muses of creativity, messengers, heralds and healers, the music for this concert was specially composed by Melissa Dunphy and Howard Skempton. It is performed together with Gregorian chant and Russian Orthodox chant, and there are also works by Palestrina, Byrd, and Gibbons.


Victorian Feast

Date: Sunday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Location: The Tithe Barn, Dunster TA24 6RY

Caroline MacPhie soprano, Nicholas Mogg bass, Harvey Davies piano

Concert with Dinner

Designed to complement the authentic Victorian-era feast, the programme of musical accompaniment includes some of the best-loved parlour songs and piano solos of the Victorian era. This was the age in which the middle classes displayed their new-found wealth by having a piano in the drawing room around which the family would gather to play and to sing the music of the day.

Accompanist Harvey Davies makes a welcome return to the Festival, as does soprano, Caroline MacPhie described by the Daily Telegraph as a singer with air, style and imagination. Newcomer and splendid bass, Nicholas Mogg who won the Oxford Lieder Prize in 2015, has a glittering career ahead and is definitely a name to watch out for.

Part 1:
Mendelssohn - Ich wollt meine Lieb ergosse sich Op 63 No 1
Squire - If I might come to you
Mendelssohn - Four songs: Gruss; Volkslied; Maiglöckchen; Die Blümlein
Sullivan - My dearest heart
Moir - Down the vale
Malloy - Love’s old sweet song
Part 2:
Tosti - A vucchella
Millöcker - I give my heart
Tosti - Ideale
Heuberger - Im chambre séparée
Tosti - Two arias: Non t’amo più; Sogno
Messager - Duo de l’âne/de ci, de là, cahin-caha
Part 3:
Léhar - Three arias from The Merry Widow: You’ll find me at Maxim’s; Vilja’s Song; Love unspoken
Strauss - The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus
Sullivan - Three arias: Prithee, pretty Maiden (Patience); The sun whose rays (Mikado); None shall part us from each other (Iolanthe)


Gildas Quartet

Date: Monday 24th October, 10.00am - 12 noon
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton TQ13 7DT

Christopher Jones violin, Gemma Sharples violin, Kay Stephen viola, Anna Menzies cello, Matthew Barley cello

Open rehearsal followed by performance

Many people regard Schubert's C major String Quintet to be his greatest piece of chamber music. A work that is loved by both performer and listener, its famous slow movement is one of sheer beauty and serenity. It is unusual in that it is scored for two cellos instead of the more commonly structured string quartet comprising two violins, viola and cello. Schubert composed the four-movement work in 1828 shortly before his death. However, its first performance didn't take place until almost twenty-five years later. How his publisher, Heinrich Probst was not interested will never be known.

Concert supported by Exeter & District Classical Music Trust

Schubert - String Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’


Opera Highlights

Date: Monday 24th October, 12.15pm - 1.30pm
Location: St. Lawrence's Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

Caroline MacPhie soprano, Yvonne Howard mezzo soprano, Nicholas Mogg bass, Harvey Davies piano

With arias from Mozart's masterpiece The Magic Flute to one of the most sublime trios in all opera from his CosÌ fan Tutte, to Rossini's hilarious crowd-pleaser La Calunnia, the ravishingly sensuous Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and the exquisite O mio babbino caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, there’s something here to please all ears.

Programme to include:
Mozart - Trio CosÌ fan Tutte
Saint-Saëns - Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix, Samson and Delilah
Mozart - Bei Männern The Magic Flute
Offenbach - Barcarolle The Tales of Hoffmann
Rossini - Una voce poco fa The Barber of Seville
Mozart - Pa Pa Pa e Magic Flute
Rossini - La Calunnia The Barber of Seville
Puccini - O mio babbino caro Gianni Schicchi


Gildas Quartet

Date: Monday 24th October, 1.45pm - 3.30pm
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton TQ13 7DT

Christopher Jones violin, Gemma Sharples violin, Kay Stephen viola, Anna Menzies cello, Matthew Hunt clarinet

Open rehearsal followed by performance

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was premiered in 1789 and written specially for the esteemed player, Anton Stadler. Its success came at a time that proved to be hard for the composer whose financial problems were increasing at an alarming rate.

Concert supported by Exeter & District Classical Music Trust

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A major K581


Matthew Barley cello, Harvey Davies piano

Date: Monday 24th October, 4.00pm - 5.15pm
Location: St. Lawrence's Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

Open rehearsal followed by performance

Brahms composed this substantial work over a period of three years. Being a fine pianist, he made the piano part so prominent that he called it Sonata for Piano and Cello.

The highly regarded cellist, Matthew Barley is known for his versatility as well as his creative work in all genres of music. In addition to his mainstream appearances with the major orchestras the world over, his involvement in educational programmes, passion for improvisation and collaborations with artists such as Viktoria Mullova have led to far-reaching projects in venues ranging from Ronnie Scott's to Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Esteemed pianist and regular visitor to the festival, Harvey Davies revels in chamber music. He founded the Manchester based Pleyel Ensemble, coaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, collaborates with artists such as Guy Johnston and appears regularly on BBC Radio.

Brahms - Cello sonata (E minor) Op 38 No 1


Mahan Esfahani harpsichord, Adam Walker flute

Date: Monday 24th October, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL

Evening Recital

Mahan Esfahani has taken the world by storm as a harpsichord player the like of which hasn’t been seen for many years. He was a BBC New Generation Artist, BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2015, and short-listed for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award. He is working tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments and was the first harpsichordist to give a recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011.

At the age of 21, Adam Walker was appointed Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. He is now regarded as one of the nest young flautists in the world. As the Guardian so aptly said, ‘Walker, playing with staggering virtuosity and charm, kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout, and brought the house down at the end’.

Francois Couperin - Concert Royal IV
Johann Quantz 2 - Capriccii
Franz Benda - Flute Sonata in E minor
Pierre Philidor - Suite in E minor Op 1 No 5
Jacques Duphly - Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin (La Forqueray, Chaconne)
J.S. Bach - Sonata in A-Major for ute and harpsichord BWV 1032


Kay Stephen viola, Caroline Macphie soprano, Yvonne Howard mezzo soprano, Matthew Hunt clarinet, Harvey Davies piano

Date: Tuesday 25th October, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Location: St. Lawrence's Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

Open rehearsal followed by performance

With the exception of Schubert’s beautiful song, Shepherd on the Rock, this delightful programme is an eclectic mix of repertoire that is not often performed. Brahms’s duets provide ample opportunity for the voice and viola to explore the depths and rich qualities of their individual sounds.

Yvonne Howard's name in the opera world needs little introduction. Famed for her performances of Fidelio at the Royal Opera House as well as the role of Fricka in Opera North's Ring Cycle, she is welcomed once again to the Two Moors Festival. She has appeared at Glyndebourne, leading opera houses all over the globe and with many high-ranking orchestras. As the Times wrote, she sings Wagner "...with as much care‚ beauty and gravitas as if it were Schubert or Bellini".

One of Britain’s leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. He is much in demand with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and so many other foreign orchestras that it’s hard to pin him down for appearances in the UK.


Transcriptions

Date: Tuesday 25th October, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton TQ13 7DT

Nicholas Mogg bassJâms Coleman piano

Please note that this is a full-length recital with interval. No open rehearsal.

Liszt was fascinated by the idea of taking works from other composers and making his own arrangements, sometimes florid and often technically very demanding. He was also a formidable pianist and one of the few of his generation to earn fabulous sums of money, much of which he gave to charity. His astonishing dexterity at the keyboard, combined with his gifts as a composer of transcription, drew him to the melodious tunes of songs from the romantic period, giving rise to some of the most effective arrangements ever written.

Winners of the Oxford Lieder Prize 2015, Nicholas Mogg, and pianist Jâms Coleman, are names to look out for over the next few years as they are increasingly recognized as artists of the highest calibre. Mogg is fortunate to have an astonishingly beautiful voice and Coleman is one of the few pianists who has the rare ability to work as one with the singer. This is something that is a true gift.

This concert was made possible through the generosity of the audience present at a Residency concert in January 2016

Schubert: Gruppe aus dem Tartarus
Schubert (trans. Liszt): Ständchen
Schubert: Der Wanderer; Meeresstille; Auf dem Wasser; Das Fischermädschen
Schubert (trans. Liszt): Liebestod
Schubert: An die Musik
Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet 123
Schubert: Du bist die Ruh
Schumann: Widmung
Schubert (trans. Liszt): Widmung; Frühlingsnacht
Liszt: Die drei Zigeuner; Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam; Im Rhein, im schönen Strome
Schumann: Liederkreis Op 39


Gildas Quartet

Date: Tuesday 25th October, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Location: St. Lawrence's Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

Christopher Jones violin, Gemma Sharples violin, Kay Stephen viola, Anna Menzies cello

Open rehearsal followed by performance

This quartet was composed in 1824 at a time when Schubert realized that he was dying. It earned its name because the theme was taken from his Death and the Maiden song composed in 1817. Depressing, but beautiful, all the movements in the quartet reflect death in one form or other. Its popularity and thought-provoking effect on the listener have never diminished, and over the passage of time, has become one of Schubert’s most loved string quartets.

The talented Gildas Quartet  has been mentored by the Festival for three years. The Quartet’s rapid development resulted in a busy season in 2015, which included recitals at the Two Moors Festival, Hampton Court Palace, the Conway Hall and Purcell Room, and an extensive Scottish tour reaching from Edinburgh to Orkney. Armed with numerous awards, the Quartet is ‘ticking all the boxes’ in anticipation of bigger things to come. Keep a look out!

Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’


An Evening of Piano Duets

Date: Tuesday 25th October, 7.30pm
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton TQ13 7DT

Tom Poster piano, Christoph Berner piano

Many people will remember the fascinating project some while ago whereby all Beethoven’s symphonies were performed in their piano duet arrangements by eighteen pianists. Now seems the time to air one of those immortal works again and what could be more fitting than the exuberant No. 7 ! With its poignant slow movement, heard to great effect in ‘The King’s Speech’, not to mention the excitement and speed of the final romp, this had to be a must.

However, the programme kicks off with Ravel’s familiar Mother Goose Suite (a great favourite with children) and Schubert’s F minor Fantasy to follow. This is one of the composer’s most epic and majestic works culminating in a massive fugue.

Some may say this is an audience-friendly programme, but why not? It is because these are remarkable works that they have become familiar to everyone, regardless of whether they are dedicated music lovers or new to the scene.

Interestingly, a recital of piano duets never seems to attract a large audience. Maybe this concert will prove to be the opposite! Many feel that four hands on one keyboard are more fun to play than to listen to and I have often wondered why this should be. Surely the opportunity to hear all octaves on the piano played simultaneously should be a draw in itself.

Both Tom Poster and Christoph Berner are well known to Festival audiences. Some years ago they played two pianos together in a performance of Saint Saens’s Carnival of the Animals in Exeter Cathedral. As artists, they hit it off so well that they were keen to have the opportunity to perform as a duo.

Ravel: Ma mère l’oye
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor D 940
Beethoven (arr. Pauer): Symphony in A major; Op 92 No 7


A Day of Song

Date: Wednesday 26th October, 11.00am - 12.45pm
Location: St. Andrew's Church, Ashburton TQ13 7DT

John Mark Ainsley tenor, Joseph Middleton piano

Please note that this is a full-length recital with interval. No open rehearsal.

Song lovers will be in their element since the two recitals taking place on the same day will be devoted to the many different styles the genre represents. Early music, folk song, English song, French chanson, contemporary and ‘quirky’ styles, not to mention Lieder are all present. Between them, these concerts will leave no mood untouched – from happiness to sadness, anger to fun, serenity, reflection, sensitivity – these and many more will be revealed as the programmes develop.

The name of John Mark Ainsley will strike a chord with many song lovers around the globe. He is regarded as one of Britain’s most renowned lyrical tenors and has appeared with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors. His operatic roles include Captain Vere in Glyndebourne’s acclaimed production of Billy Budd and that of Skuratov in From the House of the Dead under Pierre Boulez. As Michael Church said in The Independent, he has ‘exceptional beauty of tone’.

Ireland: The heart’s desire; The trellis; My true love hath my heart
Gounod: Viens! Les gazons sont verts
Chausson: Le Colibri
Fauré: En Sourdine; Green
Duparc: L’invitation au voyage
Gurney: I will go with my father a ploughing
Delius: In the Seraglio garden
Vaughan-Williams: Silent noon
Quilter: Hark, hark the lark
Butterworth: On the idle hill of summer; The lads in their hundreds
Gurney: In Flanders
Butterworth: Think no more, lad
Somervell: Into my heart an air that kills
Poulenc: Bleuet
Fauré: L’absent
Poulenc: Priez pour paix
Butterworth: With rue my heart is laden
Macmillan: The children
Ireland: The cost
Bridge: Journey’s end
Finzi: Fear no more the heat o’ the sun


Female Intonation!

Date: Wednesday 26th October, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Okehampton EX20 1LW

Lucy Crowe soprano, Anna Tilbrook piano

Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. She has appeared at Covent Garden, with English National Opera and with Metropolitan Opera as well as with many major orchestras and the finest conductors of our age.

Anna Tilbrook is highly regarded as a leading song accompanist and is sought after by many of the world’s greatest artists, including Sir Willard White, Bryn Terfel, Angela Gheorghiu and José Carreras. Some years ago, she struck up a partnership with Lucy Crowe, most recently performing together in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Supper is available after the concert at £12 per ticket, limited to 40 people.

Purcell - Mad Bess
Mozart - An Chloë
Schubert - An Silvia Gretchen am Spinnrade; Ellen’s gesang (Ave Maria); Marie; Suleika
Mendelssohn - Suleika
Schumann - Suleika
Grieg - Lorelei
Strauss - Ophelia; Cäcilie
Fauré - Lydia; Nell; Sylvie
Duparc - Phidylé
Debussy - Jane
Hahn - À Chloris
Wolf - Philine; Agnes
Palidhle - Psyché
Walton - Daphne
Britten - Sweet Polly Oliver; Sally in our Alley
Hoagy Carmichael - Georgia
Cole Porter - Miss Otis Regrets


Harp Ensemble Recital

Date: Thursday 27th October, 11.00am
Location: St. John The Baptist's Church, Witheridge EX16 8AF

Winners of the 2015 Harp Chamber Music Competition

Pelléas Ensemble: Henry Roberts flute, Luba Tunnicliffe viola, Oliver Wass harp

Please note that this is an hour-long concert, with no interval.

This programme covers all genres of music. From Corelli's Baroque period to a new work by jazz musician Joe Steele, not to mention Ravel's deep involvement with the Impressionism of France, there is something of interest for everyone to enjoy.

The Pelléas Ensemble has taken the Chamber music world by storm by not only winning the Harp Chamber Music competition last year, but also the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme, as well as becoming finalists in the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition. It has established a reputation for performing recitals from memory, which they believe creates an immediate and more intimate connection with audiences.

Lunch is available after the concert at £10 per ticket.

Corelli - Trio Sonata
Dubois - Terzettino
Joe Steele - World Premiere
Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin
Mathias - Zodiac Trio


Memories

Date: Thursday 27th October, 2.30pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

A light-hearted concert with reminiscences, anecdotes and short piano pieces

Alison Farr piano, Penny Adie narrator

All proceeds to the Two Moors Festival John Adie Memorial Appeal.

It’s impossible to organise any event without mishaps, sombre moments, ridiculous incidents and cross words. What better opportunity than to recap on many of these situations incorporating them into a concert featuring some of the pieces that for whatever reason, were significant to John Adie!

Wonderful pianist, Alison Farr is a frequent visitor to the Two Moors Festival. Having been a concerto finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year, her career has blossomed in many directions to include appearances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, also at the Southbank, and collaborative work with Imogen Cooper and many other distinguished artists. She has made a number of recordings, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and is now particularly associated with Messiaen's piano compositions.

She is joined by Penny Adie, the Festival’s Artistic Director, who will delight in sharing some of the more light-hearted moments that have occurred over the years.

*Unreserved seating


Piano Recital

Date: Thursday 27th October, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

Christoph Berner piano

Romantic repertoire from Austria and Germany is the focus of this recital. Music from this period was so rich in texture that it suited the new pianos that were being manufactured by the Viennese makers, Bösendorfer. A particular feature of the instrument was its mellow tone, a quality that has not changed with the passage of time. As a result, it became widely associated with the piano works and German Lieder of the nineteenth century. Another feature of the Imperial Grand (the size of the Festival's instrument) is the extra five notes at the end of the bass register. It is the only make in the world to have this luxury!

The great Austrian pianist, Christoph Berner stands alone when it comes to playing these magnificent romantic works. He visits London regularly to give recitals at the Wigmore Hall. He has an impressive discography to his name (winning a BBC Music Magazine Award with the acclaimed tenor, Werner Güra) and appears at many of the key festivals across the world.

Schubert - Sonata in A major D 664 No 13
Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Schubert - Selection of dances
Schumann - Papillons Op 2
Brahms - Sonata in C major Op 1 No 1 ‘Hamburg’


Shakespeare and All That Jazz

Date: Friday 28th October, 1.00pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

Jacqui Dankworth and friends

Please note that this is a full-length concert, with interval

In this 400-anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, multi-award winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth visits the musical settings of Shakespeare’s poetry, inspired by and taken from the seminal album Shakespeare and All at Jazz, composed by her late father, Sir John Dankworth. It includes Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day, O Mistress Mine, Fear No More the Heat O’ The Sun, the story of Macbeth and a comical setting of Shakespeare’s complete works!


Alison Balsom trumpet, Tom Poster piano

Date: Friday 28th October, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry. Apart from his multiple appearances at the BBC Proms and as presenter on BBC television and radio, he has moonlighted as conductor, cellist, oboist, recorder player and reciter (Walton’s Façade). The programme includes Honegger’s Intrada, Hindemith’s Sonata (which he described as the best thing he had ever composed), and Enescu’s Legende, composed for the great trumpet player, Merrif Franquin and premiered in 1906.

Together with Poster’s own The thoughts of Dr May, these works couldn’t be further removed from Brahms’s glorious horn trio, which is cleverly transcribed by Alison Balsom for the trumpet.

Concert supported by the Friends, Associates & Benefactors of the Two Moors Festival

Honegger - Intrada for trumpet and piano
Hindemith - Sonata
Schubert - Impromptu in G at major D899 No 3 Enescu Legende
Poster/Balsom - The thoughts of Dr May
Brahms - Trio for horn and piano in Eb major Op 40 (transcribed Balsom)


Young Musicians Platform Winners

Date: Saturday 29th October, 12 noon
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

Clara Sherratt piano, Joel Munday violin, Poppy Webb-Taylor oboe, Hannah McFarlane cello with Alison Farr piano

The Festival’s Young Musicians Platform Competition was set up in 2003 with the aim of giving four young and aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform on stage. As ever, our clutch of winners is talented, with a desire to share their innate love of classical music. They need every bit of encouragement they can get, so do come to this concert and cheer them on – you won’t be disappointed. Note: is event is easily oversubscribed so book early.

Here is a quote from winner, Joel Munday “one of the few times I have come out of a performance venue and trembled with delight for the next sixty minutes. I can honestly say that the Young Musician’s Platform Competition has been among the best musical experiences of my life so far.

Concert supported by the Wakefield Trust and Exmoor Decorative and Fine Arts Society

*Unreserved seating. Retiring collection in aid of the Festival's education programme.


Two Moors Bright Sparks Artists

Date: Saturday 29th October, 4.00pm - 4.30pm
Location: All Saints' Church, Dulverton TA22 9BU

Young Musicians’ Platform 2011 Winner: Polly Bartlett recorder and oboe, Alison Farr piano

Please note this concert is 30 minutes in duration

A fascinating programme, it includes not only dance movements of the Baroque period, but a set of variations, a movement from Edmund Rubbra’s beautiful oboe sonata and two pieces that tell a story. Benjamin Britten’s Pan is one of the most imaginative works ever written to express the mythological legend of the half goat, half man.

Since her success in the Festival’s 2011 Young Musicians Platform Competition, Polly Bartlett was a finalist in this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year. She has been awarded scholarships from three conservatoires to continue her studies. She is a musical force to be reckoned with!

*Unreserved seating. Retiring collection in aid of the Festival's education programme.

Frescobaldi - Canzona detta la Bernardinia (Descant recorder)
Telemann - Largo, Menuet 2 and Rejouissance from Suite in A minor (Treble recorder)
Rubbra - Sonata in C 1st movement (Oboe)
Britten - Pan from 6 Metamorphoses after Ovid (Oboe)
Hummel - Theme and Variations (Oboe)
Ball - Pagan Piper (Treble recorder)
Jacob - Burlesca alla Rumba and Tarantella (Treble and sopranino recorder)


Concert in memory of John Adie

Date: Saturday 29th October, 7.30pm - 9.15pm (approximately)
Location: Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter EX1 1HS

Orchestra of the Swan David Curtis director, Michael Barenboim violin, Jordan Black clarinet with young instrumentalists from the South West

The works in this programme show how the style of composition developed over a period of almost a century. As musical instruments became more intricate and the size of orchestras increased, so composers began to experiment with varying textures, and to explore harmonies and sounds never heard previously.

It is a privilege to welcome Michael Barenboim, one of the world’s finest violinists to the Festival. A keen lover of contemporary music as well as of the chamber repertoire, he appears regularly with his father, Daniel Barenboim.

Winner of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians Platform Competition in 2007, clarinettist, Jordan Black was also a finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year. Having gained a succession of awards and supported by numerous scholarships, he is rapidly emerging as a young professional musician with a great future ahead.

Not many young instrumentalists have the opportunity of playing alongside professional musicians. The Orchestra of the Swan, under the superb directorship of David Curtis, allows and encourages them to do this. It is an experience they will never forget, and rest assured, their standard of playing more than meets the challenge!

Sibelius - Karelia Suite Op 11
Mozart - Clarinet concerto in A major K622
Brahms - Violin concerto in D Major Op 77
Sibelius - Finlandia Op 26