Saturday, 17 September 2011

Two Moors Ensemble September Residency

The Two Moors Ensemble’s performance last week was a good judge of what to expect from the 2MF residential musicians in this year’s October Festival. They played an extraordinary concert of wind and string nonets by Clementi, Spohr and Martinu and the musicians (listed below) exhibited tremendous energy and passion. As a result of this successful performance, we can anticipate that their concert on 21st October will be sensational! After three residencies over the past six months, where the musicians have worked and played tirelessly, their efforts will undoubtedly result in a climax of stunning proportions with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.
Two Moors Ensemble (plus Alsation)
L-R top - Emily Callaghan, Alan Uren, Adrian Uren, Elizabeth Mace, Mea Wade
L-R bottom - Joanna Stark, Ben Birtle, Yusuke Kinoshita, David Stark

The wind and strings collaboration last week involved everything from busy rehearsals, to wet walks, combined with numerous games of Scrabble, Racing Demon (a very vicious card game) and Articulate. Feeding nine people three meals a day was a challenge, but all good practice for October when a total of sixteen will need to eat over the course of six days during the final Residency.
Playing the dangerous game of Racing Demon
If you missed the Residency concerts the musicians are reappearing in the 2011 October Festival:

Two Moors Festival String Quartet
1pm, 17th October – St Pancras’s Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op. 103, No. 68
Beethoven String Quartet in G major Op. 18, No. 2
Smetana String Quartet in E minor No.1

Two Moors Festival Piano and Wind Quintet
2pm, 18th October – St George’s Church, Dunster
Mozart Quintet in E flat K452
Poulenc Sextet Op. 100
Françaix L’Heure du Berger

Two Moors Ensemble
7.30pm, 21st October – St Andrew’s Church, Ashburton
Spohr Nonet in F major Op. 31
Mahler (arr. Simon) Symphony in G major, No. 4
Two Moors Ensemble in concert

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