The time has arrived to announce our 2017 festival programme – and we are so excited about it! With a total of 28 outstanding concerts for everyone to enjoy, this year’s festival takes place from Friday 13th October to Sunday 21st October 2017 across a total of 13 beautiful venues in Dartmoor and Exmoor.
The festival grows in calibre every year and now truly ranks in the top class of classical music events in the UK. And this year is no exception! Have a read here of some of the highlights of 2017:
- The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra makes its first appearance in the South West at The Two Moors Festival performing alongside gifted pianist, Pavel Kalesnikov, to play Grieg’s much loved piano concerto
- One of the most exciting British chamber ensembles, the Heath Quartet, will be performing Haydn, Tippett and Mendelssohn
- Acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas will be performing twice, once with the Endellion Quartet which will be broadcast live in concert on BBC Radio 3
- Schubert’s three famous song cycles are to be performed in one day with pianist, Jâms Coleman(tackling no less than 58 songs in the process!)
- Esteemed international violinist Tasmin Little will travel to All Saint’s Church, Okehampton to for a recital to include Prokofiev’s D Major Sonata and Brahms Sonatensatz in C minor. Accompanied by Australian Pianist Andrey Gugnin
- This year the festival also branches into Jazz with Alec Dankworth’s eclectic Spanish programme oozing flamenco rhythms and traditional Spanish and Cuban folksongs
- Final concert brings the North Devon Sinfonia, winners of BBC Four’s ‘All Together Now – The Great Orchestra Challenge’, who will be performing Haydn’s Creation. The singers for the Festival chorus are local choral singers, largely made up of members of 2MF and the Devon Wildlife Trust, our community partner for this event.
It’s been a busy for months and we may have been keeping quiet with our news in the recent months, but we are now back in full swing! We aim to keep you up to date with the latest festival news and behind-the-scenes snippets through our blog and we can already share with you that 2017 is shaping up to be another fantastic festival!
Keep your eyes peeled here as we soon to reveal the 2017 Two Moors Festival programme …and we are super excited about it. Also, did you know we are now on Instagram as well as Facebook and Twitter? Follow us on the platforms so you see what we like to discuss within our area of the country as well as interesting topics surround the industry of classical music.
For now, here’s a preview of the festival programme….watch this space!
Tonight’s concert in Exeter Cathedral has been cancelled due to the fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
This is a great sadness but more so for that gorgeous old building that was the oldest hotel in England. Its situation across the Cathedral Green was one of the prettiest and its reputation as the classiest hotel in the city was known by many world over.
The support for tonight’s sell-out event was overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone who has purchased tickets. We will of course have a strategy in place on refunds and rescheduling the event (if we can) but as you can imagine, these things have not been discussed. Our priority currently is to alert the public of the concert’s cancellation.
Your help with this would be much appreciated.
I thank you for your understanding.
Two Moors Festival
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!
We’re very excited to announce that acclaimed actor Simon Callow will be taking centre stage at this year’s Two Moors Festival – something of a coup for classical music festivals in the UK and a production that we’re definitely looking forward to later on this month.
On October 23rd at Exeter Cathedral from 19:30, a fundraising concert in aid of the Addington Fund and the Two Moors Festival will be put on, with the programme including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and the Orchestra of the Swan on hand to provide audiences with the most beautiful classical music.
Callow will be the narrator for our performance of Peter and the Wolf and artistic director Penny Adie had this to say about the forthcoming event: “To have such esteemed actor as Simon Callow narrating Peter and the Wolf is extremely exciting. An actor’s voice is his most precious instrument and in Callow’s case, his resounding tones combined with impeccable diction will bring unique qualities to the story-telling.”
Callow is one of the most respected stage and screen actors in the UK, having starred in the likes of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Chance in a Million and Little Napoleons. Aside from being a star of stage and screen, Callow is also a renowned director and writer, but he is also known for his passion for classical music.
Not only has he directed operatic productions and appeared alongside numerous orchestras over the years, but written about various composers and fronted a range of classical music documentaries as well. There could be no better person to take on the role of narrator for Peter and the Wolf at this year’s 15th anniversary of the Two Moors Festival.
As you’re all no doubt already aware, our series of classical music concerts is creeping up on us – not long to go now until October 15th! We hope you’re all as excited as we are about the two-week event. It’s our 15th anniversary so there are some extra-special performances going on by way of celebrations.
And one of those is two performances of our acclaimed opera Tarka the Otter, based on the book by Henry Williamson. It was greatly received by all (and succeeded in scoring itself a 4* review in the Times) so if you have bought tickets for this year’s event then you know you’re in for something really rather special.
If you’re an avid reader of the Two Moors Festival blog then you’ll know that we recently ran a competition offering two tickets to Tarka the Otter worth £28 each on October 20th at 19:30 at Exeter Cathedral down here in Devon.
The competition has now closed and we’re delighted to announce that the winner, picked at random, is Patrick Robinson. Patrick, if you’re reading this please do drop us a line via the Box Office on (01643) 831 006. Alternatively, get in touch via Facebook and send us a message.
We hope you enjoy the performance. We’d love to hear what you think of it. See you there!
67 days to go until UK classical music festival The Two Moors Festival begins…
When I think of how much there is to do in only 67 days, it is positively daunting. It’s better not to dwell and just get on with it.
Business is brisk in the Box Office – a relief as it would be seriously worrying were it not so. Friends’ bookings are healthy and the number of new Friends is up on last year. This is positive in itself and a good boost to morale. It also gives our wonderful person running the Office plenty to do. We are so lucky this year in having Oxford music undergraduate, Rebecca McNaught to help. Not only is she a super person, but is brilliant at the job and great on the phone giving would-be ticket purchasers all the information they need before they make up their minds to buy tickets.
Talking of the Box Office, we must be one of the few festivals to have a real person at the end of the phone. We guarantee that whoever speaks has specialist knowledge and who knows how to pronounce indecipherable names such as Ibragimova and Shostakovich. It is amazing how much difference this makes to ticket sales!
Tackling PR is vital at this time of year. The trouble is where to start as there are so many avenues of possibility. The other problem is how to cover 1,200 square miles of festival patch. We are fortunate in that the local press and regional magazines such as Devon Life are keen to include features. Local radio also sparks as does BBC TV’s ‘Spotlight’ providing there is something to film – concerts by and large do not make good television! The national media is becoming more supportive than ever and as I type, there has been a splendid article in Classical Music Magazine as well as promises from the press and various Listings.
Classic FM has done us proud over the years and we’re crossing fingers that they might be able to give us air-time as they have in previous years. There is also BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ which we try to interest – successfully a number of times.
There is the series of run-up concerts in the Ticket Office at Tiverton Parkway’s Ticket Office. These may sound totally off the wall. Well, they are! The concerts do not disrupt the everyday working of the station; people come and go and it’s quite often that someone might be asking whether they might need to change at Birmingham New Street while Bach is providing the background music. We never stop the ongoing business of raising funds to cover costs. How tedious this is for my husband, John. We wouldn’t survive without his Trojan efforts.
One of the main jobs to do in August is assembling the programme. It’s true to say that this is a nightmare. Inserting notes and biographies are the easy bits. The hardest part lies in achieving consistency in the way a work is written. Does one write Sonata in E major Op. 14 No.1 or Sonata Op. 14 No.1 in E – the options are endless!
On which note, I will end and give readers the next instalment in a few days’ time.