We enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining and informative talk from Dr Ian Mortimer on 8th March on the Restoration, as a precursor to Passamezzo’s equally memorable performance of Restoration music on 10th March. A big thanks to Ian, who is always worth going to listen to if you get the opportunity, and to the Friends of the Museum who helped set up his event. Thanks too to the members of Passamezzo, whose rehearsal plans had been blighted by the bad weather and who travelled down early to ensure they had prepared properly, a lovely group of people, and fine, versatile musicians who really care about their music – thank you. Finally our thanks must go to everyone at St Mary’s, as always, and to those supportive members of TEMS who brought CDs for our annual CD event which raised more than £70 for us.
At last, we can confirm that the Convivio concert due to take place on 21st October has been reorganised for Friday 6th April. Full details are on our programme page, as usual. We apologise that it has taken so long to sort out: we had considerable difficulty getting performers, venue and – most problematically – a harpsichord all available on the same day. A big thanks to all involved. Tickets will be available through the Dartington box office once more as soon as their system can be updated.
We regret to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
A former student at Marldon C of E Primary School and KEVICC in Totnes is appearing In the next TEMS concert on 21st October. Katie Cowling is one of four students or alumni of the Royal College of Music in Convivio, and achieved a Masters in Performance with distinction as well as being awarded the HRH Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl at her final graduation ceremony this summer. Katie has paid tribute to Angela Chapman who taught her recorder in Marldon, her Head of Music at KEVICC Richard Burdett and piano teacher (and TEMS member) Penny Humphrys. Katie later studied with Ashley Solomon at the RCM, another past TEMS performer and favourite. We look forward to welcoming Convivio to St Mary’s on Saturday 21st October for an evening of wonderful Baroque music, beautifully performed.
We are looking forward to the Blondel concert this coming Saturday, 23rd September. The concert will give an opportunity for people to renew or take out TEMS membership if they wish to, as well as a fantastic concert of music. Blondel appeared on In Tune earlier this month: some of the music they played live then will feature on Saturday. There is a slight change in line-up with Tim Garside replacing Louise as percussionist. Tim played for 18 years with Joglaresa, so may well have performed before for TEMS with them.
The date of our April concert by Ensemble Moliere has been changed from Saturday 21st April to Saturday 28th April 2018. All other details remain the same. This website now shows the correct date, and steps are being taken to advise TEMS members. We hope that this early change will not inconvenience anybody, and apologise to anyone affected by this change.
The TEMS AGM takes place this year on Wednesday 19th July at the Guildhall, Totnes, at 3.00pm. All are welcome! We will keep the financial reporting and Chairman’s report to a minimum, and would welcome informal discussion on how members would like to see the society developing. Come and give us feedback on what you have enjoyed or would like to see more of….