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26th February 2016

The Éolienne Quintet

An audience of nearly 100 was treated to a remarkably varied programme, played with thoroughly polished technique, ensemble and above all verve and enthusiasm, by these five postgraduate students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Their concert...
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11th December 2015

Messiah – Handel

For the first performance in Dublin in 1741 Handel had a choir of 26 trebles and altos and tenors and basses, all from the two Dublin cathedrals. By the centenary performance in 1784 (the organisers mistook Handel’s birth-date,1685) there were 513 performers...
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13th November 2015

David Davies – Organ

David Davies, currently Acting Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, played an astonishing recital on the recently-restored Brice Seede organ in the James Wyatt Music Room of Powderham Castle. The organ was originally a single-manual instrument without...
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16th October 2015

Rosie Bowker – Flute with Divertimento

On Friday last, 16th October, ‘Music in the Castle’ was host to another New Generation Artist, Rosie Bowker, a flautist. I knew of her only by reputation and recommendation – she’s on the Post- Graduate Orchestral course at the Guildhall School...
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18th September 2015

Handel’s Annus Mirabilis – 1707

Handel enjoyed phenomenal success, comparable to that of a present-day pop star, during his first year in Italy. Cries of ‘Viva il caro Sassone’ rang from his audiences, and he responded with exceptionally passionate, intense and exuberant music....
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7th July 2015

Welcome to Judith Weir

Judith Weir CBE, recently appointed Master of the Queen’s Music, has generously accepted our invitation to become a Patron of ‘Music in the Castle’. She is one of our most distinguished and accessible composers. The Guardian Music Critic perceptively...
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5th June 2015

Dowland and Friends with Emma Kirkby.

Music in the Castle enjoyed an unforgettable concert given by Emma Kirkby with Jacob Heringman and ‘Dowland Works’. Dame Emma has created this on-going project which brings together theoretical research and practical performance of the music of...
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8th May 2015

Joo Yeon Sir & Kumi Matsuo

Our New Generation Artists concerts continue to reveal the extraordinary level of maturity, technical skill, musicianship and intuitive sense of ensemble among the best of the country’s newly-graduated musicians. Joo Yeon and Kumi produced a truly magnificent...
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6th March 2015

ARTESIAN QUARTET

    This was the third of our New Generation Artists concerts, counting the toe-in-the water visit from Wells Cathedral School which remains truly memorable. It was generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mason of Dawlish Warren.   The Artesian...
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12th December 2014

Senior Choristers & Choral Scholars from Exeter Cathedral – December 2014

We have established the pattern of a visit from Senior Choristers & Choral Scholars from Exeter Cathedral once every three years, and it's always an immensely popular event. This year was virtually sold out, and audience members were asking about the...
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