Programme

(please see the Performers page for more information about the performers)


2017-18 SEASON EVENTS


Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm
CONVIVIO: A Royal Engagement
St Mary’s Church, Totnes

LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION DUE TO ILLNESS.
TEMS regrets the unavoidable cancellation of this concert, due to illness. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to re-arrange this concert for a future date. Those who have purchased advance tickets are being contacted.


Convivio celebrate the anniversary of Bach’s appointment as Kappellmeister to Prince Leopold, exactly 300 years ago. From the court of Frederick the Great in Dresden to that of George I in London, Convivio explores music from some of the most renowned baroque composers working at the royal courts across Europe, alongside lesser known works from composers including the Bach family, Handel, Hasse and Telemann.

Formed in 2016, Convivio features students and alumni from the Royal College of Music, including former KEVICC student Katie Cowling. The ensemble has performed at venues across London, including St George’s Hanover Square and Handel House, and as part of the Guildford Music Festival 2017.
Tickets for non members £12 (under 18s £5)


Friday 1st December, 7.30pm
ROSAFRESCA: Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella
United Free Church, Totnes
One of the great legacies of Queen Isabella’s support of the arts is the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as  El Cancionero de Palacio or the Palace Songbook. Compiled in about 1520, it contains songs of interest to the Spanish people – from the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy. Most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Unusually for the time, they look at Castillian life through the eyes of women.

Singer Hayley Guest joins Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and viol.
Tickets for non members £12 (under 18s £5)


Friday 19th January, 7.30pm
MASUMI YAMAMOTO AND BORIS BIZJAK: Class of 1685
United Free Church, Totnes

This programme of works by composers born in 1685 covers a wide range of styles. Handel studied in Italy and became British; Scarlatti worked in Portugal and Spain; Dornel was French; and Bach remained in German. While the harpsichord is a continuo instrument in the Handel and Dornel, it is an equal partner in Bach’s Obbligato Flute Sonata and a solo instrument for Scarlatti.

Prize-winning harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto has appeared at the Purcell Room, the Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall, with recent concerts in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Slovenian flautist Boris Bizjak won 1st prize in the International Flute Competition in Picardie. He has performed at St John’s Smith Square, and St Martin in the Fields, and across Europe, the USA and China.
Tickets for non members £12 (under 18s £5)


Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm
PASSAMEZZO: Music of the Restoration
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner the lecture by historian Ian Mortimer (see below). After years of civil war and an Interregnum, Charles II has ascended the throne….

Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell, plus pieces from Playford.

Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and we are delighted to welcome them back.
Tickets for non members £14 (under 18s £5).


Thursday 8th March, 7.30pm
Dr Ian Mortimer: An A-Z of the Restoration
The Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes

TEMS has joined up with Totnes Museum Society to invite distinguished historian Dr Ian Mortimer to speak about the Restoration period, the subject of his latest book in his popular Time Traveller series.
Tickets for TEMS members: £3. Tickets for non members: £5.


Saturday 28th April, 7.30pm
(please note this is a change of date from the one originally published)
ENSEMBLE MOLIERE: Telemann and his Friends in Paris
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
This programme belatedly marks the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death in 1767.
In 1737, he met several great musicians in Paris including Blavet, Guinon, and Forqueray. They performed 12 sets of “Paris Quartets” together – with Telemann on the harpsichord!

Formed at the Dartington Summer School in 2013, Ensemble Moliere has already performed widely throughout the UK and Europe. In 2015 the ensemble was selected to participate in the Early Music Live! scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival, and recently performed at the London Baroque Festival.
Tickets for non members £14 (under 18s £5).


All concerts are in association with The Arts at Dartington.
Tickets are available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30pm to 7pm) or online at www.dartington.org from Monday 3rd July, or on the door.
 


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