Thursday, 28 July 2011

Events 2011

The brochure for the Two Moors Festival is now available and Friends priority booking opened on 18th July – what excitement is in store for 2011?

Among the usual spread of fabulous and diverse concerts here are a few suggestions to get you going:

Christoph Berner
Pianist Christoph Berner
The opening recital with pianists Christoph Berner and Ashley Wass on 13th October in Ashburton is not to be missed. For lovers of the Romantic era their programme of Schumann and Brahms will, without doubt, satisfy musical taste buds. The focus for this year’s Festival is transcriptions which threads its way through the programme. On 15th October in Dulverton, Christoph Berner and Stephan Loges will thoroughly celebrate this theme of arrangements, in particular exploring Liszt’s fascination with transcribing. Also, in keeping with this idea, is the concert on 21st October in Ashburton – the Klaus Simon arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony performed by the Two Moors Festival Ensemble. With a Festival that is a predominantly chamber music based, it is a real treat to have this beautiful version of a well-loved orchestral work. Mahler is associated with vast orchestras and enormous choirs, but this reduced score to 16 players will fit perfectly in Ashuburton Church.

Jonathan Kelly
Principal Oboe, Berlin Phil,
Jonathan Kelly
This year the Festival also welcomes players, Principal Oboe Jonathan Kelly and viola player Matthew Hunter, from the Berlin Philharmonic. Even with their hectic schedule, we have persuaded them to come from Germany to perform in England’s smallest church, and give a recital in Dunster (18th October). With so few opportunities in the South West to hear such extraordinary and magical oboe playing in such intimate surroundings this concert is a real treat!

The final concert to draw your attention to is a visit from well-known cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber. Alongside the Orchestra of the Swan, and local budding young musicians, he will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in Exeter Cathedral on 20th October.

Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber