The new 2018/19 TEMS season has just been published, with tickets going on sale this week (from 2nd July) through the Dartington website and box office, and in person from Totnes Bookshop. For the first time we are offering £1 discount on all tickets bought in advance. We hope you will find plenty to interest you from another varied programme. September sees the folk-influenced Emily Askew Band, playing medieval and renaissance music, followed by a Baroque programme from our Royal College of Music alumni in October, and then Mozart and Haydn songs from Kate Semmens with Steve Devine on fortepiano in November. The second half of the season has music for recorders and theorbo and the return of a wonderful harpsichord and violin pairing, Duo Dorado, and ends with the captivating wind-band Syrinx next April. Of course membership of TEMS enables you to catch all six concerts for the price of four, but we will hope to see you at one, some or all of our concerts in the coming year!
The Ensemble Moliere concert on Saturday 28th April brings our 2017/18 season to a close. It has been a particularly good year, with the outstanding musicianship of young performers Convivio and Masumi Yamamoto and Boris Bizjak providing particularly memorable highlights. We will certainly hope to bring them back in future seasons.
Plans for our next season have been developing since January, and are now largely finalised. We are pleased that there will be a mixture of old friends returning (including Duo Dorado playing a Bach programme, and Steven Devine and Kate Semmens – who will be bringing a fortepiano with them!), as well as exciting younger performers we are keen to hear. We have again been fortunate in linking up with the Royal College of Music to bring a quartet of their former students to play for us next October.
Full details of the new season will be announced in late June, with tickets going on sale through the Dartington Box Office and website from the start of July. In the meantime, we can look forward to enjoying the delights of the Summer School programme at Dartington, with some wonderful music and musicians scheduled to appear. How lucky we are to have this wonderful place “just down the road”!
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.