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Penny Adie writes…

Each week, Two Moors Festival artistic director Penny Adie will be here on the blog, letting you all know just what’s been going on down at Festival HQ in Devon.

Last Saturday (June 28th) saw an absolutely brilliant concert take place in the beautiful church in Cullompton, Devon. (This town, by the way, is pronounced ‘Collumpton’, which can be quite confusing!). The concert was given by the supremely talented string players Wells Virtuosi from specialist school Wells Cathedral School.

The school, one of four of similarly music-focused establishments, boasts some of the most exciting and promising players in the UK. Their skill, expertise and musicianship are second to none. What’s more, their sheer exuberance and love of music elevates their performance to a standard far beyond their years. They are extremely fortunate too in having well-known and superb artist Matthew Souter at the helm, whose strong beat and clear guidance makes it hard for them to evade his attention to detail.

The programme comprising Mendelssohn, Respighi, Barber and Richard Strauss was ambitious to say the least. However, they could manage this with ease and ‘tight’ playing, only letting go on occasions. The variety of tone, attention to dynamics and virtuosity was such that every member of the audience listened in the way they would with a professional orchestra on the platform.

As any reader can tell, I was truly wrapped up in this magnificent event and wish the team every ounce of success in their forthcoming tour of Europe. They deserve a pat on the back even before they go!

Wells Virtuosi fundraising concert in aid of the Two Moors Festival

This summer is promising to be a very musical one indeed, with lots of Two Moors Festival events taking place. One that we are particularly looking forward to is a fundraising concert being put on by Wells Virtuosi – Wells Cathedral School’s string orchestra – on June 28th in St Andrew’s Church, Cullompton, Devon.

The exceedingly talented group of young classical musicians from one of the finest music schools in Europe will be taking to the stage to play a programme consisting of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 9, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3, and Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

Heading up the group is Matthew Souter, who was put forward for the principal viola position in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when he was just 22 years old and who has performed all over the world both with orchestras and as a soloist. His own journey into classical music began when he was a specialist violinist at Wells Cathedral School, and returned there to teach in 2008 as head of the string programme.

Tickets for the Two Moors Festival fundraising concert cost £10, with unreserved seating, and you can call (01643) 831 370 for further details, or alternatively email the organisers at adie.exmoor@btinternet.com

To find out more about Wells Virtuosi, watch this insightful video: