News/Reviews

11th November 2016

Zephyr – Flute & Harp Duo

The duo of Flute and Harp has been remarkably versatile throughout the ages. They’re equally at home playing on the village green as as in an 18th century concert hall (Mozart). They played arrangements of popular operas in 19th century drawing...
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7th October 2016

Divertimento Piano Trio

Music in the Castle presented a virtually full-house audience with a unique experience last week. Louise Farrenc’s Piano Trio no.1 has laid hidden for 172 years since she wrote it in Paris. She broke all the conventions of her age, as Professor...
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10th June 2016

Volt & Potenza Piano Duo

  Oda Voltersvik, a Trinity Laban Conservatoire post-graduate from Norway, opened with Rachmaninov’s romantically extravagant Variations on a theme of Corelli. Oda presented the Variations –  particularly hard to memorise as they don’t...
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15th April 2016

The Mass

When we were invited, last year, to view a Missal dating from the 13th and 14th century, and now in local private ownership, it sparked off a unique event which came to fruition on Friday 15th April. The magnificent book from northern Italy, showing signs...
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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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