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In conversation with…

To get to know some of our wonderful artists a little better ahead of this year’s Two Moors Festival, we have invited some of them to share the answers to a few short questions so we can learn

First up we have Oliver and Owen from O Duo Percussion….

Have you ever visited the Two Moors area before?

Oliver: Yes, to play for the festival (twice)
Owen: Yes! We’ve played at the festival on a few occasions now…..I’ve also been on the edge of Exmoor to an excellent pub for recreational purposes! 

What did you want to be when growing up? 

Oliver:  When I was quite young, a doctor! Then later, a musician….
Owen: From the age of 14, a percussionist! I didn’t really think about it before then or at least I can’t remember!

Who’s your inspiration?  

Oliver:  Probably my Grandad, who came from a really poor, working-class family in Dundee and became Principal Cellist of the LPO!
Owen: In music, no-one really…. But I try and put into perspective being a musician, by thinking of those of have trickier/life threatening jobs, like my brother in the army.

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success for you? 

Oliver: Both
Owen: Has to be both! Whilst I’m a believer in anyone can do it, I think you need that something extra to go up a level, that doesn’t mean to make a career. But, I think the best musicians have both

What is the greatest achievement of your life so far? 

Oliver: Musically, I guess playing most of the UK’s biggest concert halls with O Duo, after forming the duo at College.
Owen: Deep! Making a career (ie. Paying the mortgage, buying a house, and being able to pay for the family to live!) out of being a musician.

What are you looking forward to most when performing at this year’s Two Moors Festival?

Oliver: Being in a beautiful part of the country….
Owen: Being in one of the finest parts of the country, with great audiences.

O Duo Percussion
Owen Gunnell marimba
Oliver Cox marimba
Performance: 11:00 am Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Venue: St Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, TQ13 7TA

Tickets now on general sale!

The time has come that all tickets are now on general sale for this year’s Two Moors Festival! You can buy tickets both online, over the phone and in person.

CBSO Classical Music Festival
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

We already have some performances nearly sold out so please do book soon in order to not miss out.


Two Moors Festival team



Programme Announcement – 2017 Festival

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.

Ticket release dates are as follows:
Benefactors from 3 July 2017
Associates from 10 July 2017
Friends from 17 July 2017
General Booking opens 26 July 2017

All information for the 2017 festival can be found on our website: http://tickets.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk/sales/2017festival/2017-concerts-and-talks

We can’t wait to see you again for another wonderful festival!

Young Musician Winners Announced!

We are so pleased to announce our four winners for this year’s Two Moors Festival Young Musicians’ Platform:

Matilda Wale, aged 16, Voice, from New College, Swindon

Ellen O’Brien, aged 17, French Horn, from The Castle School, Thornbury

Poppy Freya McGhee, aged 12, Violin, Hugh Sexey Middle School, Wedmore

Joseph Pritchard, aged 17, Cello, from Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey

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The standard this year was exceptionally high so huge congratulations to everyone who took part. We look forward to seeing these wonderful performers at this year’s festival and for all the upcoming young artists, keep an eye out for the opening of the 2018 competition later this year!

Congratulations to the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition winners, each of whom will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to perform alongside some renowned professional musicians at the festival’s main two-week event in October.

The winners this year are violinist Hannah Brook-Hughes – our youngest-ever winner at the age of 10 – cellist Willard Carter (aged 12), cornet player Andrew Wingham (aged 15) and cellist Rebecca McNaught (aged 18).

The Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform competition takes place each year and is open to talented instrumentalists and singers aged 18 or under who live or go to school in the south-west of the UK.

To find out more about the competition and how to enter next year’s event, visit our website.

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.

As I type, the sun is shining here on Exmoor and our moorland valley is awash with primroses. We are fortunate in that living at 1,200 feet, we have the benefit of enjoying two periods of spring flowers – the rest of the world living in civilization can see their daffodils in bloom from early March and we, three weeks later.

The current sunny spell is certainly inspiring the Attaca Trio who are working hard during their residency here. For those who don’t know about this group of supremely talented professional players, they comprise Eleanor Turner, harpist, Ruth Gibson, viola player, and Ana de la Vega, flautist. Each has played with the major London orchestras, appeared at the Wigmore Hall and won major competitions in their own right. Their quartet may sound like an unlikely combination of instruments, but surprisingly, there is repertoire written specifically.

As many people now know, the Two Moors Festival residencies were set up in order to give professional musicians of the highest calibre the opportunity to rehearse undisturbed in peace and quiet. They offer the perfect environment in which to work towards an important concert, a recording or on the formation of a new chamber group. Musicians can make use of the splendid acoustics in the gallery and enjoy the idyllic surrounding countryside as inspiration. There is also the added attraction of tasty home cooked food and the boisterous company of the festival’s dog, Flora.

The Attaca Trio’s reason for enjoying a residency (and the primroses!) is to rehearse in preparation for concerts in America taking place later this year.

6 months to go!

Our time on the UK classical music festivals calendar is creeping ever closer – there’s now just six months to go before October 16th and the start of the two-week Two Moors Festival, which takes place in churches across Exmoor and Dartmoor.

This year’s programme is shaping up well with some 30  concerts in the offing, so you’re sure to find at least one performance that takes your fancy… and we do challenge you to find just one! We’re keeping the programme under wraps for now, but rumour has it that wonderful pianist Angela Hewitt will be giving a recital and we’ll be closing this year’s Two Moors Festival with the UK premiere of a marionette version of Don Giovanni, put on by the amazing National Marionette Theatre from Prague.

Dates for the festival this year are 16th – 25th October. For further information contact (01643) 831 370 or email adie.exmoor @ btinternet.com