It seems a strange thing to be saying welcome to 2016 in May but as the Festival takes place in October, this appears to be a good idea. After all, the academic year starts in September so why can’t the Festival’s begin in the spring!
Much has happened this year. The last few months have been extremely busy just ‘living’. Do you find how much time it takes to round up the house, stock take, have the Aga serviced, make sure there are no burst pipes, go through files (the most boring job ever) – need I go on! The poor paper shredder got indigestion, emails got stuck and would you believe, a nice man from BT appeared out of the blue saying that our TV aerial had to be moved since it was attached (like a limpet) to the telegraph pole. This was not allowed (something to do with thunder storms). The fact that it had been like that for over 25 years was neither here nor there. This has meant moving on to satellite at vast expense.
In view of all this, it’s amazing that the Festival planning has found a slot in the diary! My brain works best at 3am at which point either the World Service or BBC Radio 3’s ‘Through the Night’ are inspirational. I have learnt much from the latter and have come across composers about whom I have never heard (not surprising really as some of their music is pretty awful!). However, the more dire it is, the more my imagination works. Strange, isn’t it, how one’s mind operates!
The upshot is that the programme for October (dates 22nd to 29th) is finalized. The downside is that it has to be kept under wraps until the 1st June. So you will have to wait patiently. Suffice to say that there is something tempting for everyone: early music, song recitals, likewise piano, chamber music and two Mix and Match days when a bunch of artists interchange to give open rehearsals as well as performances.
There is one huge concert in Exeter Cathedral. This is in memory of John Adie who died last year. At the same time we shall be launching the John Adie Memorial Appeal, about which there will be much more later on.
I so hope this blog will whet your appetite. Roll on October!