This year, as many followers of UK classical music festivals will know, the Two Moors Festival is putting on a series of concerts at Tiverton Parkway railway station, following on from the success of a similar idea last year that thoroughly entertained the passengers getting on and off.
Last week (September 26th), we saw violinist Tansy Bennett play her heart out to commuters and other travellers. Festival volunteer Alison Verney had this to say of the event: “At the station mini-concert, a chap in cycling gear appeared. Apparently he does the round trip cycle ride Tiverton to Parkway as part of his regular routine. He cycles along the back road, through Halberton and Sampford Peverell, and back along the canal.
“In the concert period, he makes sure that his rides coincide with the gap between the 11.38 and 12.09 trains, so he can combine exercise with sheer pleasure. Last Friday he was not disappointed: he listened enraptured to Tansy Bennett, his cycling shoes almost tapping with enthusiasm on the waiting room floor.
“His journey back along the canal, will have been powered not only by muscle power but also by joy, and the strains of Bach and Paganini.”
If you missed this Saturday’s event, don’t worry – you can still catch two more concerts at the train station. On October 3rd, cornet player Andy Wingham (one of the winners at this year’s Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition) will be playing Morrison, while harpist Elizabeth Scorer will be taking to the stage on October 10th.
The events are free, so if you fancy being entertained on your way to work, think about getting the train instead of hopping in the car.