Each week, Two Moors Festival artistic director Penny Adie will be here on the blog, letting you all know just what’s been going on down at Festival HQ in Devon.
As I type, the sun is shining here on Exmoor and our moorland valley is awash with primroses. We are fortunate in that living at 1,200 feet, we have the benefit of enjoying two periods of spring flowers – the rest of the world living in civilization can see their daffodils in bloom from early March and we, three weeks later.
The current sunny spell is certainly inspiring the Attaca Trio who are working hard during their residency here. For those who don’t know about this group of supremely talented professional players, they comprise Eleanor Turner, harpist, Ruth Gibson, viola player, and Ana de la Vega, flautist. Each has played with the major London orchestras, appeared at the Wigmore Hall and won major competitions in their own right. Their quartet may sound like an unlikely combination of instruments, but surprisingly, there is repertoire written specifically.
As many people now know, the Two Moors Festival residencies were set up in order to give professional musicians of the highest calibre the opportunity to rehearse undisturbed in peace and quiet. They offer the perfect environment in which to work towards an important concert, a recording or on the formation of a new chamber group. Musicians can make use of the splendid acoustics in the gallery and enjoy the idyllic surrounding countryside as inspiration. There is also the added attraction of tasty home cooked food and the boisterous company of the festival’s dog, Flora.
The Attaca Trio’s reason for enjoying a residency (and the primroses!) is to rehearse in preparation for concerts in America taking place later this year.