As fans of UK classical music festivals will no doubt know, today is the first day of The Two Moors Festival, ten whole days of exciting classical music taking place in churches across the southwest!
To kick proceedings off with a serious bang, we’ve got violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley coming down to the Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton at 19:30 to play 13 wonderful songs from Brazil all chosen and beautifully arranged by Viktoria herself.
If you’re yet to buy tickets for this event, there’s still time – although there are only seven left, so you’ll have to be quick about it. You can get through to the box office on (01643) 831 006.
We’re so excited for this year’s Two Moors Festival and have got some seriously impressive artists coming to Devon just for you – renowned soprano Gillian Keith will be here on the night of the 16th, while Kate Royal, the Carducci Quartet and Jayson Gillham among many others will also be performing. Take a look at what we’ve got planned for you and make sure you book sooner rather than later if one of the classical music concerts takes your fancy – the tickets are going fast!
Followers of UK classical music festivals who are planning on coming down to Devon for the Two Moors Festival’s main two-week event in October (15th-25th) will want to know what else they can do while in the area at this time – and some of the county’s top activities have made it into VisitEngland’s list of top 25 outdoor pursuits to get up to in the UK.
Inspired by A A Milne’s much-loved character, the rundown has been dubbed Winnie-the-Pooh’s Simple Pleasures and number two in the list is going for afternoon tea in Devon! Stargazing in Exmoor National Park has also been featured (number 11 in the list), as has visiting a honey farm in Devon.
These are all lovely activities to get up to while on holiday in Devon, so try and fit them all in as you make your way across the countryside to one of our many classical music concerts taking place over the ten days.
Stargazing is a great way to pass your time while here, as the night skies are so dark that you can see all sorts of lunar activity. There’s also Quince Honey Farm in South Molton, which is no distance at all from the Two Moors Festival HQ.
If afternoon tea takes your fancy, there are many places you can go in Devon. Combe House in Exeter is a delightfully elegant establishment, while if you go for a walk around Tarr Steps you’ll find a lovely little cafe/restaurant at the Tarr Farm Inn.
Let us know what you get up to while in Devon – and which of our concerts you enjoyed the most!
To find out more about this year’s Two Moors Festival and the concerts we’re putting on, head to our website today.
If you’re on our mailing list, you will have received our brochure and seen which venues we will be visiting for this year’s Two Moors Festival main two-week event in October. (If you haven’t had a brochure yet and want to see what concerts we’ve arranged for this year, you can easily order one from our website.)
We’ve just revamped our website and on it have included a very helpful list of all the venues for this year’s event, alongside a handy map so you can quickly and easily see where they all are and where they are in relation to each other, if you’re planning on going to see lots of different concerts.
One of the festival’s aims is to take classical music out of the traditional concert halls of London and into more rural settings, which is why we visit numerous churches across Dartmoor and Exmoor each year.
In 2014, we will be putting concerts on in St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton, St Mary’s Church in Brompton Regis, the Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton and All Saints’ Church in Okehampton to name but a few.
Holding performances in these spaces isn’t without its challenges – the acoustics, for one, can present all sorts of problems! – but we feel so lucky to be able to bring classical music to such beautiful buildings… and the audiences really appreciate it as well!
Have a look at our website to see what concerts we’re putting on this year that might take your fancy. There’s a PDF of the brochure available to download as well.