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Fournier Trio

with Pete Whyman

31 AUGUST | PARISH CHURCH | 7.30PM


Exciting young trio joins forces with a stellar clarinettist for a concert moving from the celebratory to the ecstatic.

The brilliant young Fournier Trio made their debut at New York's Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Their energy and Schubert's piano trio in Bb seem like the perfect combination: a bright, breezy breath of live-enhancing fresh air, and the ideal way to kick off a weekend of concerts.

For the second half the trio will be joined by clarinettist Pete Whyman to play a truly iconic twentieth century piece, Olivier Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time - written for the musicians the composer found in the prison camp where he was being held - and premiered there in 1940. Messiaen's music is influenced by his own fervent spirituality and a fascination with birdsong - as well as the new music being created around him in the mid-century. The result sounds like no-one else, at various times quirky, strange, intense, exotic ... but also impassioned, especially in the parts of the work which focus on the violin and cello, where Messiaen's endless melodies seem to spiral and soar up and away into space.

Pete Whyman is a highly regarded international soloist on both saxophones and clarinet, and has performed at most of the worlds great concert halls. His musical world is extremely eclectic, and while he has played with the Philharmonia, the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and as the clarinet soloist under Leonard Bernstein in his Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, he has also recorded with the likes of Pulp, Spiritualised, Elvis Costello and Radiohead. And ... in a parallel jazz career, he has appeared at all the major jazz festivals in Europe. A member of Between the Notes, the Steve Martland Band, and Delta Saxophone Quartet, he also has a 30-year and 20-album association with Mike Westbrook.

SCHUBERT | Piano Trio in Bb D.898

MESSIAEN | Quatour Pour le Fin du Temps


tickets £22 (U18 £5)

to book tickets online, go here

available in person at Devon Guild Of Craftsmen from Sat 7 July

Want to know more? 

Go here to find out how this event came about ... 

... and why we think it will be one of our most exciting concerts yet!


Zephyrus

1 SEPTEMBER | BAPTIST CHURCH | 1PM 

Forget everything you thought you knew about the bagpipe and its music! Jon Swayne's six pipers and percussionist will present the instrument as you have never heard it before. 

Zephyrus - the English Bagpipe Orchestra - offer the glorious harmony and sinuous counterpoint of six sweetly toned modern English bagpipes underpinned by driving percussion. Formed by Jon Swayne in 1998, Zephyrus brings together some of the best pipers around. Their music features great melodies, dance rhythms and full harmony. 

The band of the Scots Dragoon Guards it ain't!

Ian Wellens adds: "I met Jon in the 1990s after getting to know the music of his band Blowzabella, buying some 'border pipes' of this type, and learning to play them. I even played a little with Jon and another member of Zephyrus. These instruments make a gorgeous sound - much more mellow than the familiar Highland pipes - which, when combined and played in harmony is like nothing you'll have heard before. Come along and be amazed!"

Note: this concert will last for 45-50', with no interval.

tickets £10 (U18 £5)

to book tickets online, go here

available in person at Devon Guild Of Craftsmen from Sat 7 July


Craig Ogden

and Judith Hall

1 SEPTEMBER | PARISH CHURCH | 7.30pm

Two concerts for the price of one: solo guitar - then guitar and flute. Old meets new, Europe meets Latin America in a programme full of variety.

Craig Ogden, one of the UK's top classical guitarists, will take the stage with a set which takes us from the sixteenth century to the present day, from classic Spanish works through the 'gipsy jazz' of Django Reinhardt to Lennox Berkeley's fantastic little Sonatina from the 1950s. After the interval he will be joined by Judith Hall - former Principal Flute at the Royal Opera House - for an equally varied journey, setting off from France and heading for the sensuality and rhythm of Latin America ... with a few surprises in between.

Judith Hall and Craig Ogden have a natural affinity which makes their performances together quite exceptional. They have performed as far afield as the Bahamas and throughout Britain to great critical acclaim, including festivals such as Newbury Spring, Calstock, Ryedale, Little Biggar, Budleigh Salterton and Salisbury International Festival: after the latter, the Director Maria Bota reported 'great feedback from the audience, several of whom said it was the highlight of the Festival'.

As you can see, their programmes are lively and intriguing, mixing better-known music with contemporary and exotic pieces. This promises to be another great Nourish concert!

DOWLAND | Lachrimae Pavan & Fantasia no.7

BERKELEY | Sonatina

ALBENIZ | Asturias & Sevilla

REINHARDT | Nuages

RYAN | Lough Caragh & Rondo Rodeo

POULENC | Mouvements Perpetuels

HOUGHTON | Cave Painting (from The Dreaming)

LLOYD | The Five Senses

VILLA-LOBOS | Cantilena from Bachianas Brasileras no.5

PIAZZOLLA | Histoire du Tango


tickets £18 (U18 £5)

to book tickets online, go here

available in person at Devon Guild Of Craftsmen from Sat 7 July

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Brodsky Quartet: what the audience said

These are just a few of the responses to the concert on 9 June:

“ … a night that will live long in the memory. Feel very privileged that this quality can be seen in Bovey.”

“... fantastic, a wonderful programme that neither of us knew … an electric performance …”

“Phenomenal performance by the Brodsky Quartet last night.”

“What an absolutely astonishing evening! The Shostakovich was awe-inspiring. I was totally captivated and actually rather overcome by it - I wanted to cry it moved me so much!”

“Challenging and gripping - I didn’t want it to end … a personal and moving experience.”

“What a truly extraordinary moment in the Church as the Third Quartet faded into silence!”


music in Fore St on Sat 1 September

Louis Bingham 

& Gris Sanderson

Louis & Griselda’s intricately skilled performances are a festival of exotic strings. The virtuosic pair entertains on a selection of fine-sounding instruments, playing original compositions & songs rooted in traditions from Ireland and Sweden to the Balkans. Honed over years of midwinter sessions around the hearth, busking or whiling away the hours in festival fields, this mother and son show exemplifies the joys of spontaneous music-making – genuine home-entertainment breaking free.

For a while ideas were shared at arms’ length at recording sessions, family gatherings or stage performances with the likes of The Radial Band. Encounters with players such as Michalis Kouloumis, Dessie Wilkinson, Chris Newman and Johan Hedin further served to bolster Louis & Griselda’s repertoires. Now the pair have officially joined forces to create a wonderfully swirling journey inspired by a rich musical heritage that goes way beyond our shores.

Griselda plays bowed strings – fiddle, Hardanger and nyckelharpa, while Louis focuses on the plucked string family – cittern, tambura, bouzouki & guitar. See them between 10 and 12 in 'the square' on Fore Street.

Annika Skoogh 

& Matt Carter

Swedish singer Annika Skoogh is one of the true gems of the music scene in Devon, and a jazz singer who can hold her own with the very best.

She is heard in various trio and quartet formats, and very often in the company of prodigiously talented pianist Matt Carter, who will be backing her at Nourish. So in the middle performance slot - sometime after noon - make time for a coffee in the square, and find out for yourself just how good these two are!

Sophia Colkin

& Mike Cosgrave

Sophia (fiddle) and Mike (guitar, accordion, vocals) share a love of the traditional repertoire of Britain and Ireland as well as further afield, and are equally at home playing a haunting lament or tearing up a lively set of reels. Expect a rich variety of tunes and songs to complement the eclectic selection of food on offer. 

The two have played alongside each other in various Devon-based ceilidh and folk/traditional settings for longer than they care to admit, most notably in lively local folk trio Devonbird. Mike shared the stage at last year's Nourish with his duo partner Steve Banks, giving a performance which absolutely delighted the packed crowds in Fore Street. 

At this year's festival, make sure to catch Sophia and Mike who will be appearing in the afternoon slot: from 2-4pm.