Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Bringing music-making to Dartmoor and Exmoor: Two Moors Festival

St George's Church, Dunster
St George's Church, Dunster
Founded in 2001 out of the devastation caused by Foot and Mouth, the Two Moors Festival brings music making to the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. This year the 16th festival runs from 22 to 26 October 2016. Peter Donohoe  and the Carducci Quartet open the festival and there are chamber music concerts and recitals from Alison Balsom, Mahan Esfahani, Lucy Crowe, John Mark Ainsley, Joseph Middleton, Anna Tilbrook, Tom Poster, Christoph Berner and Matthew Barley.

For 24 and 25 October there are are ‘Mix and Match’ events, here the Gildas Quartet, Harvey Davies (piano), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello), Caroline MacPhie (soprano), Yvonne Howard (mezzo soprano), and Jâms Coleman (piano) form various chamber combinations over two days of concerts and open rehearsals.

The festival culminates in a concert in Exeter Cathedral on 29 October which launches an appeal in the memory of the late John Adie (co-founder of the festival with his wife Penny who remains artistic director). The concert will be given by the Orchestra of the Swan, conductor David Curtis, with music by Sibelius plus Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Brahms Violin Concerto with young artists Jordan Black (clarinet) and Michael Barenboim (violin). For the Sibelius works the orchestra will be joined by young school-age performers.

In the run up to the festival on Fridays starting on 9 September, concerts at Tiverton Parkway ticket office, have a very specific remit to young artists to perform 29 minutes of music between the 11.38 and 12.09 trains.

Full information from the Two Moors Festival website.

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