2017 Programme

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Minehead & Exmoor Music Festival Programme 2017

Sunday 23rd July at Minehead Methodist Church

6pm             Festival Praise                 Keith Jones once again gathers 40 plus choristers of some distinction in celebrative mood to sing festive music from the great European tradition. They will be accompanied at the organ by Miles Quick – Director of  Music at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton.     The ecumenical service is led by Rev Andrew Vidamour,

7.15pm       Young Artists concert –    Daisy Hickson – clarinet & Gregory Steward – tenor



Monday 24th July at Regal Theatre Minehead 7.30pm


Tippett     Little Music for Strings

Mozart     Clarinet Concerto            Sarah Thurlow – clarinetDaisy-Hickson

Mendelssohn        Intermezzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mozart     Symphony No 40



Wednesday 26th July at The Regal Theatre, Minehead  7.30pm

Smetana     Vltava from Ma Vlast

Bruch          Scottish Fantasy               Gina McCormack – violinGina-violin-photo

Stravinsky     Petrouchka (1947)

Thursday 27th July Avenue Methodist Church, Minehead  4 pm

Festival Chamber Ensemble

Jonathan Dove         Figures in the Garden

Mozart                        Marriage of Figaro Overture

Haydn                         Symphony No 85 ‘La Reine’


Saturday 29th July  The Regal Theatre, Minehead  7.30pm

Bizet   L’Arlesienne Suite No 2

Liszt     Piano Concerto No 1             Cyrus Cheng – pianoCyrus-Cheng

Dvorak     Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’

Minehead and Exmoor Festival Orchestra

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The orchestra which plays a pivotal role in each year to the Minehead Music Festival was originally founded by Tim Reynish in 1963. It has been running in its present form for thirty years under our Artistic Director, Richard Dickins. A core of the performers have been coming for all of that time. Others have joined more recently and every season sees some joining for the first time.

The players are drawn from all over the country but most come from the London area where many of them perform with well established orchestras and chamber groups: past leaders have included Maya Magub from the London Mozart Players and Gonzalo Acosta, associate leader at English National Opera. One or two performers do live locally but the reason we look further afield is to find instrumentalists who will maintain and, where possible, improve on the well established high standards our audiences have come to expect. The fixing of players is done by the orchestra’s section leaders and this ensures high quality and helps the players gel as soon as they arrive and play well together.

With Richard Dickins’ help we are able to enjoy performances by well established international soloists as well as up and coming stars.

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