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Tiverton Parkway Christmas Concerts 2014

UK classical music festivals

Avid followers of UK classical music festivals will no doubt have heard of our concert series that takes place in Tiverton Parkway train station down here in Devon – and we’re pleased to announce that it’s back once again this December for a very festive set of recitals.

On December 8th, between 18:00 and 19:00, The Barle Singers will be taking centre stage at the train station, directed by Stephen Pugsley, singing all sorts of lovely carols… the perfect way to kick start the festive season, we’re sure you’ll agree.

And then on December 15th, the award-winning Oxford University Duo will be putting on a programme From Bach to Carols between the 11:38 and 12:09 trains, and then once again between 18:00 and 19:00.

Finally, on December 22nd, a festive programme with carols will be put on by virtuoso flautists Emma Halnan and Katy Ovens between the 11:38 and 12:09 trains, and later in the evening between 18:00 and 19:00.

These concerts have proven so popular over the years so if you can make it to one – or all – of them, please do. All three are free and unticketed so even if you don’t have a train to catch, pop on down to Tiverton Parkway if you’re in the area to really get yourself in the yuletide spirit.

If you do go, we’d love to hear what you thought and if you take any photos, please do share them with us over on Twitter or Facebook. Merry Christmas, everyone!

For even more information about what the Two Moors Festival does, visit our website today.

Two Moors Festival Christmas Cards On Sale

Two Moors Festival Christmas card

Joy to the world! If you love UK classical music festivals, then you need to get yourself some of our really rather delightful Christmas cards to send to all your friends and family this year.

These were really popular at this year’s Two Moors Festival back in October so get in there quick if you’d like some for yourself as they’re selling like hot cakes.

The absolutely beautiful photograph was captured by the talented Stan Hill and the cards come in a pack of ten for just £4 – a bargain if ever there was one.

Postage is £3.50 on orders up to 20 and £4.50 for anything above that. Give us a call on (01643) 831 370 if you’d like to put in an order and we hope you have a really lovely Christmas and a wonderful new year.

To find out more about the work that the Two Moors Festival does across the south-west of the UK, visit our website today.

Penny Adie On: The Two Moors Festival 2014 And What’s Coming Up Next

Still shattered….

People can be forgiven for thinking that once the festival is over we can put our feet up. Little do they know that it takes at least a month to sign all the cheques, deal with PRS and write the many thank you letters (which I prefer to do by hand). No wonder I’ve been through two pens and have RSI to prove it!

We have received some wonderful feedback this year together with criticism and suggestions. The last two are most useful because we learn from them. Rarely do we get sent letters that are offensive and in fact, I can’t remember the last time this happened. Several people comment on bad grammar in the programme, poor parking facilities about which we can do little, poor sight-lines in the churches which incidentally, are always assessed before the brochure goes to print with ticket prices lowered accordingly. So it goes on. I might add that pub suppers go a long way to restoring our vim and vigour, with fish and chips high on the list of preferences!

So now to planning 2015… Funding applications are already submitted and have been so for months. The artistic programme has also been under way since last year as top artists have to be booked months in advance. It never stops!

In the meanwhile, Christmas cards are on sale – jolly nice they are too! With the exquisite photograph (taken by Stan Hill) of stormy sheep, it is eye-catching and selling well. So do order them while stocks last. At £4 for ten, this is a very reasonable price.

The other thing of note is the series of Christmas concerts at Tiverton Parkway station. The concerts in the Ticket Office have really caught on. With tip-top acoustics and fantastic artists playing Bach or rather, carols on this occasion, they are not to be missed. The Barle Singers appear on the 8th duo from Oxford University on the 15th is an award-winning flute duo from the Royal Academy of Music. Proceeds will be going to the Samaritans as well as the festival’s education projects so do support.

Find out more about the Two Moors Festival via our website.

4 Girls 4 Harps Christmas album of the year?

575928_10152688812635052_1955176419_n4 Girls 4 Harps – a quartet comprising of Harriet Adie, Eleanor Turner, Keziah Thomas and Elizabeth Scorah – are among the contenders to be named Christmas Album of 2013 by David Mellor during his New Releases Show on Saturday.

They’re up against the likes of Incarnation: Christmas Music by Thomas Hewitt Jones, Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland and Rejoice and Be Merry: Organ Music for Christmas, with the announcement due to be made on December 21st, between 9pm and 10pm.

Speaking about 4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas, Mellor said: “Pure joy. The ideal accompaniment for having a drink and a mince pie.”

To hear who comes out on top, make sure you tune into Classic FM on December 21st. We’ll be doing so, with glass of sherry and mince pie in hand.

4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas

575928_10152688812635052_1955176419_nIf you’re looking for a good classical music-inspired Christmas present for friends and family, you might like to think about getting a copy of 4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas – a brilliant CD just brought out by the quartet, who have really gone from strength to strength this year.

It includes traditional choral anthems cleverly mixed with jazz and folk and won rave reviews from BBC Music Direct, which described it thus:

“This will blow away the cobwebs – sparklingly energetic arrangements for four harps of favourite carols. The 4 Girls … do the arranging themselves, with versatility and imagination. Ensemble is watertight and there’s a real rhythmic elan to the playing which keeps you listening.”

It’s due to be released on December 2nd and you can pre-order your copy from Amazon now.