Music at Nourish 2017

Steven Isserlis


In a tremendous coup for Nourish, this year our audience will have the opportunity to see one of the world’s great cellists performing the much-loved cello suites by J.S Bach.

The suites cast a spell that is hard to resist: something to do with the depth and range of expression they contain, something to do with the singing, soaring voice of the cello - something to do with this profound and extraordinary music being made by just one lone performer. And of course: it’s Bach.

Steven Isserlis would surely feature in any top ten of the best cellists currently working, and is more often seen in the world’s great concert halls, so we are delighted to be able to present him at Nourish 2017. He will be playing three of the Bach suites, alternating with short pieces by Hungarian composer György Kurtág.

"By slipping sections of the Hungarian composer’s work into his Bach survey, the British cellist brought something momentous to both" The Guardian

"This recording [of the Bach cello suites] can sit proudly on the shelf alongside the great recordings of Casals and Rostropovich. In fact, I may find myself picking it up as the favourite" Charlotte Gardner, BBC

“He can have the listener in perpetual wonder at the ingredients of his art…” The Australian

“… this is one of those performances where everything hits the spot … [Isserlis] gets the mood exactly right, playing with an appealing blend of warmth and resignation. The flamboyant passages sparkle, and the last movement's devastating backward glance is a belter" The Art Desk (writing about the Elgar Cello Concerto)

BACH | Cello Suite No. 1

KURTAG | In Memoriam Ferenc Wilhelm

KURTAG | Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval

BACH | Cello Suite No. 5


BACH | Cello Suite No. 6

Noriko Ogawa


Our first piano recital contains stunning variety across its seven pieces: something for everyone - and all delivered by an exceptional performer: Noriko Ogawa.

There’s sparkling elegance courtesy of Mozart contrasting with the relentless full-throttle power which concludes Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata. The impressionistic colour of Debussy’s Images is set against the exuberant gaiety of a Chopin waltz, while the same composer's justly famous and show-stopping Ballade No.1 appears alongside a magical work by Yoshihro Kanno (in which Noriko is also required to play steel chopsticks!).

One of music’s great communicators, she has achieved considerable renown throughout the world and has an extensive discography. She frequently performs in Japan, where she is a national celebrity, and immediately prior to Nourish will have been performing there with the Dresden Philharmonic.

"Ogawa is unfailingly beautiful, truly poetic" Chistopher Howell, Music Web International

"What sets her apart from other pianists is her wonderful sense of timing… [Ogawa] allows the music to breathe, while maintaining the forward momentum" The Times

"…just one of myriad spell-binding moments where clarity of local detail, a broader sense of gesture and an awareness of the structural whole are in perfect alliance, supported by superb sound" BBC Music Magazine

“All Ogawa's performances are scrupulously worked, considered and clarified” Gramophone

MOZART | Piano Sonata K.332

KANNO | A Particle Of Water

CHOPIN | Grande Waltz Brilliante

CHOPIN | Waltz Op.69/2

CHOPIN | Ballade No.1 

DEBUSSY | Images Book 1

PROKOFIEV | Sonata No.7

tickets £18 (U18 £5)


or you can buy tickets in person from Devon Guild of Craftsmen



Brass comes to Nourish for the first time in the shape of trumpeter Sam Massey's brilliant six-piece band - with a lively and exciting mix of music promises to be a fantastic way to spend an hour in the middle of the main festival day.

Superlocrian brings together two trumpets, two trombones and two saxophones to create a thrilling sound where the dynamic edge of brass sits alongside the warm, soulful sounds of saxes and flute; a concert promising adrenaline, emotion - and superb musicianship.

Warning: this concert may contain Bond themes.

Programme TBC

tickets £10 (U18 £5)


or you can buy tickets in person from Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Sat 2 September: Live Music on Fore St

La Vie en Rose

Equipped with fiddle, guitars, bass and clarinet, Exeter-based La Vie en Rose serve up a hot slice of gypsy jazz in Union Square from about 10 'til 12.

Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France created their unique version of swing in 1930s Paris. It's a sound that never seems to go out of fashion, and these five talented musicians deliver their own brilliant take on it.

Dancing shoes recommended.

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!

Cosgrave & Banks

Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, Hardanger fiddle, guitar) have joined forces to form an exciting folk duo. They are both very skilled and experienced musicians, and together they play exciting, imaginative arrangements of captivating folk music from Britain, Europe, and beyond, both traditional and contemporary. Catch them in the afternoon in Fore Street ...