Concert Diary

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    1:00pm
    History Festival

     

    As part of the Plymouth History Festival, St. Andrew's is hosting various events, including weekly "Words and Music".

    Music: David Crocker, Organ Recital
    Words: Jack Spence, ‘Stories of St Andrew’s Church’


    Programme:

    Guillaume Dufay (1400 -1474)
    Ave Maris Stella

    Conrad Paumann (1410 -1473)
    Mit Ganczem Willen

    Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517)
    Susser Vater, Herre Gott

    Instrumental Canzona

    Josquin Des Pres (1440-1497)
    Trio “Forseulement”

    Talk
    St. Andrew’s Church in 1500

    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Clarifica me Pater (Pts 1, 2 & 3)

    Arnolt Schlick (1512)
    Maria Zart

    Girolamo Cavazzoni (born 1515)
    Ricercar

    Nicolaus Ammerbach (c1530-1597)
    Passamezzo Antico

    Talk
    Adrian de Castello & Catherine of Aragon

    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Christe, qui lux es et dies

    Pavane: The Earl of Salisbury

    A Toy

    Talk
    The Dissolution of the Monasteries

    Giles Farnaby (c1565-1640)
    Giles Farnaby’s Dream

    Galliard: His Rest

    His Humour

    Tower Hill

    A Toye

    Talk
    St. Andrew’s Church after the Reformation

    Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    Ballet du Roy (Instrumental Suite)

    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Voluntary for Mr Archdeacon Thornbrough

    Jan Pieterszon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    Fanatsia in Echo


    About: David Crocker

    David Crocker studied at Trinity College of Music in London and, after three years as a school teacher, became a freelance musician.

    Since moving to Devon in 1984 he has continued to teach piano and organ, accompany choirs and soloists, give organ recitals and play the organ at various churches. He is principle accompanist for the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir and organist at St. Mary’s Church, Sampford Spiney, and at St. John’s Church, Horrabridge.

    He also enjoys composing and arranging music whenever time (and inspiration) allow.

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    1:00pm
    History Festival

     

    As part of the Plymouth History Festival, St. Andrew's is hosting various events, including weekly "Words and Music".

    Music: Minster String Quartet Recital
    Words: Jack Spence, ‘Stories of St Andrew’s Church’


    Programme:

    Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (arranged by Lynne Latham)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    Talk: "St. Andrew's the Puritan Church 1603"

    Concerto XI 'Lestro Amico' Opus 3-11
    Talk: The Civil War 1642-1646"

    Sinfonia a 4 for Strings in B Flat Major
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671—1750)

    Talk: “The Restoration 1660”

    Quartet No. 72, Opus 33 No. 3 Finale Rondo
    Joseph Hayden (1732—1809)

    A Musical Joke (K522) (The Village Musicians)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791)

    Talk: “Healing the King's Evil 1677”

    Canon
    Johann Pachelbel (1653—1706)


    About: Minster String Quartet

    Violin - Jonathan Hurdle, Martin Kent
    Viola - Hilary Lade
    Cello - Jane Spence

    The Minster Quartet was formed to take part in the St. Andrew's contribution to the Plymouth History Festival this year. All four members of the quartet are players in the Plymouth University Orchestra and play together regularly.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    7:30pm
    Concerts

     

    Summer Concert


    Schubert Mass No 6 in E flat major

    This was Schubert's last mass composed in 1828. It is quite different from his early masses - very romantic with a Beethoven-like style and reflects some of the musical passion of Mozart's Requiem.

    It is a large scale work requiring a substantial orchestra, with glorious choral sections and a particularly beautiful ​Et incarnatus est for the soloists.

    Simon Ible - conductor
    Robyn Allegra - soprano
    Anna Harvey - mezzo-soprano
    Daniel Auchinloss -  tenor
    James Oldfield - bass

  • Wed
    25
    May
    2016
    1:00pm
    History Festival

     

    As part of the Plymouth History Festival, St. Andrew's is hosting various events, including weekly "Words and Music".

    Music: Sean Sweeney, Piano Recital
    Words: Jack Spence, ‘Stories of St Andrew’s Church’


    Programme:

    Sonata Op.13 (Pathetique), Second Movement
    Beethoven (1798)

    Talk: "Rev Zachary Mudge, Vicar of St Andrew’s 1732 to 1769"

    Sonata in A major Op. 120 First movement – Allegro
    Schubert (1819)

    Talk: "Rev John Gandy, Vicar of St Andrew’s 1769 to 1824"

    Sonata in A major Op.120, Second movement – Adagio
    Third Movement – Allegro
    Schubert

    Talk: "Rev John Hatchard, Vicar of St Andrew’s 1824 to 1870"

    Nocturne in Eb major Op. 9 No. 2
    Chopin (1830)

    Talk: "Rev John Hatchard (continued)"

    First Arabesque
    Debussy (1888)


    About: Sean Sweeney

    Dr Sean Sweeney studied piano and organ from an early age and he has enjoyed an active career as a performer and conductor in this country and abroad, including work for BBC radio and television. Since 2005 he has been Director of Music at Tavistock Parish Church where he has recorded two CDs of choral and organ music. He has recently retired after twenty years as principal of five secondary schools in the South West, the South East and the Midlands.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016
    1:00pm
    History Festival

     

    As part of the Plymouth History Festival, St. Andrew's is hosting various events, including weekly "Words and Music".

    Music: Kris Emmett, Organ Recital
    Words: Jack Spence, ‘Stories of St Andrew’s Church’


    About: Kris Emmett

    Throughout the last nine years of directing choirs Kris Emmett has discovered an absolute passion for teaching music and inspiring others to further their musical development in a variety of settings, including ecclesiastical, community choral, chamber and choral society.

    Trained through the Association of British Choral Directors by such noted conductors as Peter Broadbent, Colin Durrant, Amy Bebbington, JoMcNally, Neil Ferris, James Davey and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, his direction experience covers a broad range of repertoire, from sacred, chamber and classical to pop, gospel, other secular and musical theatre.

    At present, he is pursuing a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Plymouth– where he works with the orchestra as a student conductor, librarian and student mentor – and is currently studying for the ARCO and LRSM (Music Direction), with an aspiration to graduate to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2004 he founded and is currently Chief Executive Officer for Musicians’ Horizon – a company that specialises in supplying professional musicians to events throughout the south of England – and KCEnterprises, which handles all aspects of concert management from minimal publicity to full event administration. He also directs the company’s in-house professional choir and chamber orchestra for various events, including weddings and concerts.

    In 2014 Kris took up post as Director of Music for the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Chagford on Dartmoor and when not conducting or studying is a teacher of piano, flute, singing and organ and composer of choral, orchestral and film scores. 

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    Programme:

    Edward Elgar
    Shepherd's Song

    Benjamin Britten
    The Last Rose of Summer
    O Waly Waly
    The Salley Gardens

    Madeleine Dring
    It was a lover and his lass
    Take, O take those lips away
    Crabbed Age and Youth

    Michael Head
    A Green Cornfield
    A Sea-Burthen 

    Arthur Sullivan
    Orpheus With His Lute

    Donald Swann
    3 songs from "The Road Goes Ever On"


    About: Morag Thomson

    Morag is an experienced recitalist performing the wonderful song repertoire as a duo with professional piano accompanists and as the voice of chamber music group ‘Vital Recitals’. She worked regularly as one third of ‘One Hour Opera Crowd’ and as a soloist for choral works, string chamber orchestras and local opera companies in Oxford. She sang in the chorus of Bampton Classical Opera and with the Philharmonia in the Royal Albert, Royal Festival and Birmingham Symphony Halls. Morag moved to Plymouth in 2013 and has since performed with Plymouth University Choral Society and the Royal Naval Volunteer Band. She was delighted to give a lunchtime recital with Peter Clark at St. Andrews last year. Morag now teaches singing at Stonehouse Music School. Her pupils have gained awards in exams and local festivals and enjoyed many performance successes. Morag has a performance Diploma from ABRSM. Visit her website at www.moragsinging.com.

    About: Peter Clarke

    Peter Clarke lives in Torrington, North Devon and works as a Software Engineer, whilst also being a keen amateur musician. He studied the piano from the age of 4 under Pauline Northfield and Ausra Kvietkute in his native Ireland, and is the holder of a Performance Diploma with Distinction from the ABRSM. He has a range of performance experience both as soloist, accompanist and member of various ensembles in Ireland and the UK, and particularly enjoys performing chamber music with friends. He has worked extensively with several youth orchestras throughout Ireland as an arranger and orchestrator, and as a composer, has written several original scores for independent short films, as well as orchestral, choral, and instrumental works. 

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    Programme:

    Edward Elgar
    Pomp & Circumstance March no 4

    Harold C Lake
    Contemplation

    Antonin Dvorak
    Largo

    Percy Whitlock
    Scherzo

    Harry Moreton
    An Elegiac Romance

    Charles Villiers Stanford
    Postlude in D minor


    About: Richard Line

    Richard Line is a Plymothian. After lessons to diploma level with Grant Arnold, he won an organ scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford. Here he had the privilege of studying on the famous 1965 Frobenius organ with James Dalton, and following this with many valuable insights and advice from Ralph Downes. Playing on Christopher Stembridge’s harpsichords also awakened a lifelong interest in early music,and, in 1986, the commissioning of a harpsichord from the Totnes organist and instrument-maker, Douglas Hollick. Richard spent his career as a schoolmaster, the last fifteen years as Head of English and Organist at ‘Aldworth’s Hospital’, the Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning-on-Thames. Semi-retirement now offers opportunities for moorland walking, organ and church work, and for encouraging initiatives of the British Institute of Organ Studies - such as the preparation for listing of significant organs (Historic Organ Certificates), and the sympathetic re-housing of instruments from redundant churches. A fascination with organ building and design was triggered by the 1970 Hele renovation of the organ at Emmanuel Church, Plymouth; thirty years later he was involved in the planning of Maurice Eglinton’s fine rebuild of that instrument. A keen supporter of ‘The Friends of Cathedral Music’, Richard is also interested in helping to safeguard the precious (and, in some cases, increasingly fragile) musical heritage of our cathedrals. He has a passion for architecture and stained glass, and takes a keen interest in southwest conservation societies and the National Trust.

  • Wed
    22
    Jun
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     
    Programme details to follow.


    About: David Crocker

    David Crocker studied at Trinity College of Music in London and, after three years as a school teacher, became a freelance musician.

    Since moving to Devon in 1984 he has continued to teach piano and organ, accompany choirs and soloists, give organ recitals and play the organ at various churches. He is principle accompanist for the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir and organist at St. Mary’s Church, Sampford Spiney, and at St. John’s Church, Horrabridge.

    He also enjoys composing and arranging music whenever time (and inspiration) allow.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     
    Programme details to follow.


  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    6:30pm
    Concerts

    A concert for all, following a workshop run by Geraldine and Carey. This explores a wealth of music (including Gospel) to enhance music for worship with this inspiring and engaging duo.

    All welcome, bring friends and relatives for a joyful, fun & varied
    concert of music with this talented couple. Entry is £5.00 (on the door).

    If you would like to learn more about the preceding workshop, please click here.

  • Wed
    06
    Jul
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme:

    Give It All You Got
    Mark & Helen Johnson

    Gospel Medley
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot
    Oh When the Saints
    I Wanna Sing

    I Wanna Be Like You
    The Jungle Book/Robbie Williams

    I Wanna Sing Scat
    Taken from 'Sing Up'

    You Are Wonderful
    Taken from 'Sunday's Cool'

    Hold Back the River
    James Bay

    Make Me Feel Your Love
    Adele

    Celebrate!
    Taken from 'Sunday's Cool'

    Mary Mack
    Traditional Scottish tune

    Sing
    Gary Barlow

    Somewhere Only We Know
    Keane

    Counting Stars
    One Republic

    Believe
    Taken from 'Sing Up'

    Writings on the Wall
    Sam Smith

    One Little Voice
    Mary Green & Julie Stanley


    About: Mary Dean's C of E Primary School Choir

    Mary Dean's C of E Primary School is situated in the beautiful village of Tamerton Foliot on the outskirts of Plymouth. Our successful choir has participated in numerous events across the city including Armed Forces day, International Women’s Day, Admiralty house Veterans Tea Party and each year we perform at the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Carol service here at St. Andrew's.

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Esther Beyer

    Esther began to play the harp at the age of six, and has studied under Luc Walpot, Catherine White and Ruth Faber. Growing up in Devon, Esther has freelanced with local orchestras such as the Torbay Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth University Orchestra, and has won local festivals and competitions in Devon and Somerset.

    Orchestral playing is a particular love of Esther’s, and joining the National Youth Orchestra in 2014 has shaped her as a musician. Now in her third year, she has held the positions of second and principal harp, playing under world renowned conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and John Wilson and performing in major concert venues around the UK and in Europe.

    Solo highlights include playing for HRH Duchess of Cornwall on the royal harp at Clarence House. Aside from performing, Esther enjoys volunteering with community music groups such as HeartBeats, which explores improvisation and the therapeutic effects of music.

    After completing her secondary education at South Dartmoor Community College, Esther gained a scholarship for Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician for sixth form studies. During her time there she has been part of the Symphony Orchestra, the String Chamber Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, and has performed frequently as a soloist. Her flute, viola and harp trio were awarded runners up at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition in 2015. She is incredibly excited to begin her studies next year at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Karen Vaughan.

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme:

    Haydn
    Sonata in C hob.50

    Debussy
    Images, book 1, Hommage à Rameau

    Brahms
    2 rhapsodies op.79


    About: Jacob Byrne


    Jacob enjoys a versatile career, spending his time either as a pianist or working as a teacher of modern languages. Having grown up in Wiltshire, Jacob studied the piano firstly with his mother Rachael, and then with the late Anna Roberts before commencing at Lancaster University studying French and Linguistics. During this time, he won the Lancaster University concerto competition in two consecutive years and was principal accompanist of several choirs, as well as continuing to study the piano privately. He also spent a year living in Paris teaching English in two primary schools, incessantly singing songs at bemused French children. Jacob currently studies with Keith Porter-Snell in Bath, and continues to split his time between performing and teaching.

    Future engagements include recitals at Bristol Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Preston Arts Festival, and St. Brides Church, London amongst others. He will also appear as soloist in Shostakovich’s second piano concerto in 2017 at the Wiltshire Music Centre. Jacob has worked extensively with members of the professional opera company Opera Sulis, based in Bath and continues to work widely in the UK as a freelance accompanist, as well as being an accomplished organist, holding positions at several churches in the Wiltshire area. 

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Minster String Quartet

    Violin - Jonathan Hurdle, Martin Kent
    Viola - Hilary Lade
    Cello - Jane Spence

    The Minster Quartet was formed to take part in the St. Andrew's contribution to the Plymouth History Festival this year. All four members of the quartet are players in the Plymouth University Orchestra and play together regularly.

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme:

    "When the Piano Sings"
    Music by Schumann, Rachmaninov & Chopin


    About: Samuel Chapple

    Samuel is an accomplished pianist based in Bristol. His blend of classical, jazz and contemporary influences always make for a vibrant performance and his aim is to communicate music in a way that inspires and entertains.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Kris Emmett

    Throughout the last nine years of directing choirs Kris Emmett has discovered an absolute passion for teaching music and inspiring others to further their musical development in a variety of settings, including ecclesiastical, community choral, chamber and choral society.

    Trained through the Association of British Choral Directors by such noted conductors as Peter Broadbent, Colin Durrant, Amy Bebbington, JoMcNally, Neil Ferris, James Davey and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, his direction experience covers a broad range of repertoire, from sacred, chamber and classical to pop, gospel, other secular and musical theatre.

    At present, he is pursuing a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Plymouth– where he works with the orchestra as a student conductor, librarian and student mentor – and is currently studying for the ARCO and LRSM (Music Direction), with an aspiration to graduate to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2004 he founded and is currently Chief Executive Officer for Musicians’ Horizon – a company that specialises in supplying professional musicians to events throughout the south of England – and KCEnterprises, which handles all aspects of concert management from minimal publicity to full event administration. He also directs the company’s in-house professional choir and chamber orchestra for various events, including weddings and concerts.

    In 2014 Kris took up post as Director of Music for the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Chagford on Dartmoor and when not conducting or studying is a teacher of piano, flute, singing and organ and composer of choral, orchestral and film scores. 

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: David Stevens

    David began learning the Piano at the age of six, and completed all grades from one to eight. David first played the Organ aged 10 at a church where his Grandmother was Organist. When he came to Plymouth from Somerset to study at the University, he decided to begin Organ lessons with Jason Smart FRCO. Since those first tentative notes on an ‘alien’ instrument four years ago, he has become the Organist of both St John’s, Hooe, and St Matthias, Plymouth, playing regularly at both. He is fortunate enough to play at the University Carol Service with the University Choral Society, and has recently begun taking part in recitals. David has taken an active role in the local Organists’ Association, recently being re-elected as the President for a second year.

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Gabrielle Lewis

    Gabrielle Lewis grew up in Herefordshire, Teesside and Shropshire, and then read music at Reading University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1986. Since then she has trained and worked as a teacher of music, in school and privately in addition to other work. She studied the piano from an early age and the organ and flute from teenage years and gained the LRSM and ARCO diplomas. At present she is organist of St Anne’s Church, Gunnislake and teaches organ, piano, singing and flute privately. Recently she has had a number of performance opportunities, including organ recitals and concert accompaniment locally and around the country. 

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme

    Peter Warlock
    Capriol Suite

    Maurice Ravel
    Ma M'ere l'oye (Mother Goose)

    Francis Poulenc
    Sonata for Piano for Four Hands

    Claude Debussy
    Petite Suite

    About: Peter Clarke

    Peter Clarke lives in Torrington, North Devon and works as a Software Engineer, whilst also being a keen amateur musician. He studied the piano from the age of 4 under Pauline Northfield and Ausra Kvietkute in his native Ireland, and is the holder of a Performance Diploma with Distinction from the ABRSM. He has a range of performance experience both as soloist, accompanist and member of various ensembles in Ireland and the UK, and particularly enjoys performing chamber music with friends. He has worked extensively with several youth orchestras throughout Ireland as an arranger and orchestrator, and as a composer, has written several original scores for independent short films, as well as orchestral, choral, and instrumental works. 

    About: KC Cheng

    KC Cheng studied Music at Plymouth University and is an active performer. He studied piano under Chris Johns and conducting under Rupert Bond and Denise Ham. He has now moved to London to study a Masters in Composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. 

  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Will McNicol

    Will began playing guitar at the age of six, and has since gone on to become UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and a Fellow of Trinity College London for his playing and compositions.

    In 2014 Acoustic Guitar Magazine included Will in their list of 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world. He has released three albums of original material, and has gigged up and down the UK; whether it be headlining his own solo shows, or supporting artists from Pierre Bensusan and Martin Simpson to Mumford & Sons. Will’s music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces.

    His performances have been described as “beautifully flawless”, as he swaps between nylon and steel string guitars to show the sheer variety of tone guitars can offer.

    Will is also an in-demand tutor and has given workshops at festivals including The Ullapool Guitar Festival and ran the International Guitar Festival's Advanced Fingerstyle Course in 2014. He is a visiting guitar tutor at The Academy of Contemporary Music's Regional Centre in Bournemouth, Bryanston School, and Yarrells School both in Dorset.

    Will is proudly endorsed by Fylde Guitars and G7th Capos.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Joel Munday

    Joel is a pupil of Michael Johnson, with whom he studies violin and piano. Since an early age, he has been driven by the desire to become a concert violinist. In 2013 he won the first Young Musician of Wiltshire Competition, and the following year was awarded distinction in a DipABRSM Diploma in Violin Performance. He has given recitals, had success in a number of festivals, and has taken part in competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menhuin International Violin Competition. He enjoys being a part of South West Camerata, and has been gifted a number of opportunities to perform as soloist with them. Joel plays a violin on loan to him from the Benslow Instrumental Loan Scheme, and is an Awards for Young Musicians award winner. 

    About: Peter Clark

    Peter Clarke lives in Torrington, North Devon and works as a Software Engineer, whilst also being a keen amateur musician. He studied the piano from the age of 4 under Pauline Northfield and Ausra Kvietkute in his native Ireland, and is the holder of a Performance Diploma with Distinction from the ABRSM. He has a range of performance experience both as soloist, accompanist and member of various ensembles in Ireland and the UK, and particularly enjoys performing chamber music with friends. He has worked extensively with several youth orchestras throughout Ireland as an arranger and orchestrator, and as a composer, has written several original scores for independent short films, as well as orchestral, choral, and instrumental works. 

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Portland Square Brass Quintet

    Ben Dawson - Trumpet
    Bruce Fox - Trumpet
    Debby Cotton - French Horn
    Jamie Dove - Trombone
    Matthew Watkinson - Tuba

    Portland Square Brass formed in 2010 from a core of players from the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra. They give regular recitals in the Plymouth region, but have a particular interest in interactive educational concerts for primary schools which aim to inspire children and introduce them to different styles of music across the ages, as well as an understanding of how musical sounds are made.

    This recital takes the audience on a journey through the development of music from the Renaissance, through the Baroque and Romantic periods into the 20th Century world of classic, film and popular music, using accessible pieces written specifically for brass quintet, as well as arrangements.

    The members of the band include doctors, a professional musician, an educational researcher and a geologist. So if you have any rocks, boils, wrong notes or old school reports you'd like to share with us, please show us after the concert!

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016
    1:10pm
    Summer Recitals

     

    The Summer Recitals series is a free, non-ticketed event. Lunches and refreshments are available to buy before the start of the recitals in the church's coffee corner.

    Programme details to follow.


    About: Elaine Davies

    Elaine Keith-Hill, a member of the choir at St Andrew’s Church, is also known as Elaine Davies in the jazz fraternity, and as well as having her own trio and quartet she runs Carlton Big Band and Carlton Swing Band in which she plays saxophone/flute/vocals. In recent years she was Head of Woodwind at Mount House School, Tavistock and Plymouth College.

    Elaine trained to be a teacher in the Midlands and is also a classically trained pianist and singer, and played leading roles in Opera South West. Her interest in jazz started when she joined The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra in her teens, and was taught by Mike Burney (Sid Lawrence Orchestra/Wizard), and at Glamorgan College by Alan Wakeman and Don Rendall. She recorded with Kenny Baker and was asked to join The Ivy Benson Band touring Germany, but decided to take a teaching job in Plymouth instead, which is where she met her first husband, Algy Davies, whose band she played in for many years with great guest jazz musicians. As well as teaching and playing flute, clarinet and saxophone, Elaine is a talented artist, property manager, and a health mentor. 

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    7:30pm
    Concerts

    Gerald Finzi

    Discovering His Musical Passions

    Simon Ible - Conductor
    Elaine Cocks - Clarinet

    Boyce: Symphony No.4 in F minor
    Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in D major
    Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
    Finzi: Romance for String Orchestra
    Haydn: Symphony No.44 in E minor 'Mourning'

    Peninsula Arts website

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    7:30pm
    Concerts, Events

    An evening of music and stories of changed lives.

    We warmly welcome you to an evening of live Christian music, interweaved with testimonies of lives changed by Jesus.

    It is a chance to come in and see ‘church’ in a new light. Church can be thought of as a dull and boring group of people stuck in an old building, singing irrelevant, dated music about a God people refuse to believe in.

    We want to change that opinion and give our city examples of good, contemporary Christian songs performed by one of our bands, plus an awareness of the impact Christian faith can have on the lives of regular Plymouth folk.

    Do come along and check us out and see if we can change your opinion! Tickets are available from St. Andrew's office and from Beccy Davies.

    Hope for Life

 


If you’re looking to hire the church for a concert, please get in touch with any enquiries.