Season of delightful music in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 16:58 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

Seven top class concerts and 17 artists will perform in Seaton Music s forthcoming season, and all for an annual subscription of just £42 – the remarkable price of £6 per concert.

Seven top class concerts and 17 artists will perform in Seaton Music's forthcoming season, and all for an annual subscription of just £42 - the remarkable price of £6 per concert.

With some of today's leading young musicians going to the Town Hall, this is a real bargain for any music lover.

All concerts take place on Thursdays, except the one in February, which will be on Wednesday, and all are timed for 7.30pm, except the AGM concert.

The season opens on October 16, with a visit from the Dante String Quartet, winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music in 2007. The members of the quartet are renowned for the emotional intensity of their performances. They will play Haydn's Sunrise Quartet, the remarkable Second Quartet by Michael Tippett, Debussy's only Quartet, and something quite different, the Chaconny by Henry Purcell, in the programme. Members of the public are invited to drop into the rehearsal between 10.30am and 1pm, free of charge.

Brilliant young horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill makes the first of two appearances in East Devon on November 13. He is joined by tenor Adam Tunnicliffe in a programme of works mainly for horn, voice and piano, opening with Schubert's rarely heard song Auf dem Strom. There are also songs by Benjamin Britten and Richard Strauss. In his centenary year the great French composer Olivier Messiaen will be represented by his magical call to the stars - Appel Interstellaire - for solo horn, and two of his préludes for solo piano, played by Matthew Schellhorn. Beethoven's wonderful song cycle An die ferne Geliebte completes this recital.

December 4 brings A Yuletide Tale told by The Musicke Company. Here the story of Christmas is interwoven with contemporary accounts of feasting, frosts and sumptuous court balls, in what is described as 'a beguiling evening of drama, music and revelry'.

The new year opens with a concert on January 22 by the Sitkovetsky duo - the brilliant young Russian born violinist Alexander, partnered by no less a person than his mother, Olga. The Gramophone said that 'his confident, entirely natural musicianship is what sets him apart from the crowd'. He will play Sonatas by Mozart, Brahms and Franck.

Clarinetist Katie Lockhart and pianist Mina Miletic appear on February 11, in works by Schumann, Stravinsky, Ireland and Weber, and the highly acclaimed pianist Mark Bebbington comes on March 12, with an unusual programme of 20th century English music from Howard Ferguson, John Ireland and Benjamin Dale. This concert will be preceded by a free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

The final concert of the season accompanies the society's AGM on May 7, which begins at 7.15pm. The concert, given by harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry, follows at 8pm.

Further details and subscription applications may be made to Barry Coveney, Petersfield, Holy City, Axminster, EX13 7JZ, enclosing a stamped, addressed envelope. John Dalton


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