Today was such a great day at the Two Moors Festival. Everyone is loving our Season Ticket for Bach series of classical music concerts held at Tiverton Parkway railway station each day – particularly the musicians themselves, many of whom are definitely more used to playing in the Wigmore Halls of this world.
Taking classical music out of the concert hall and making it more accessible to a wider range of people is a cause very close to the festival’s heart – so you can certainly expect to see more of these quirky performances over the years. Today’s Bach concert was put on by Elizabeth Kenny, one of the world’s leading lute players, playing her own arrangement of Bach’s solo violin sonata in G minor.
She had a brilliant time – despite being warned that there was a good chance of interruptions from passing trains. In fact, two high-speed trains rattled their way past Tiverton halfway through her piece – although Liz did say after she had finished playing that she wished they had gone through four bars later when she came to a particularly tricky part of the piece!
Aside from our Bach series, it has been a very busy day for the festival – and we feel like we’ve travelled all over the place and driven many, many miles. We hotfooted it between Tavistock and Witheridge all day, for Hyeyoon Park’s lunchtime concert with a programme of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Ysaye, and Images of Majesty, a talk by Richard Kay on the portraits of British monarchs throughout the centuries.
Then it was off to Tiverton one more time for a truly magical concert with the Camaraderie Quartet, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer. This moving programme of Purcell, Parry, Handel, Byrd and Gibbons really was exceptional and we were so glad to have included it in this year’s festival.
All in all, it was an absolutely manic but amazing day!