At this year’s Two Moors Festival main two-week event in October, we’re putting on a number of concerts at St Mary Magdalene Church in Chulmleigh, in the very heart of North Devon. On the 22nd, you’ll be able to sit in this truly beautiful building to hear a talk on stained glass and its history, given by Andrew Johnson of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, followed by a celebration of John Dowland’s 450th birthday in the evening.
The evening concert will see counter tenor Robin Blaze, lute-player Elizabeth Kenny, viol player Alison McGillivray and recorder player Pamela Thorby presenting a musical snapshot of late Elizabethan England, with the programme including pieces by Dowland such as Clear or Cloudy, Fantasia and Preludium, as well as others by Van Eyck and Hume.
St Mary Magdalene Church is a wonderful venue and one of our favourite churches here at the festival. The 600-year-old building sits surrounded by some of the best countryside Devon has to offer and you’ll see some spectacular views when you come to the concerts, but the inside of the church is just as beautiful, so do take the time to look around while there.
Make sure you take a look at the 16th-century rood screen that extends across the naive and aisles, which is surrounded by wooden figures of the four evangelists that date from the 17th century. There are also some glorious stained glass windows to be seen as well, so hopefully the weather will smile down on us on the 22nd – perfect for Andrew Johnson’s talk on stained glass.
For tickets to either event, call the festival box office on (01643) 831 006.