Concert Admission Times

Doors open at 7.00pm. Festival Friends have early access at 6.50pm on production of a membership card.


Wind Serenade

Festival Wind Players

Friday July 13th at 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church

Serenade, Op.7 - R. Strauss Adagio, K.411 - Mozart Petite Symphonie - Gounod Serenade for 13 winds, K.361 - Mozart Formed especially for this opening evening concert, the Festival Wind Players, directed by Nicholas Marshall present some of the masterworks of the repertoire for large wind ensemble, including Strauss’s early Serenade and Gounod’s delightful Petite Symphonie. The concert ends with Mozart’s wonderful Serenade for 13 wind instruments, which includes rarely-heard basset horns in the scoring. Festival Friends are invited to a pre-concert reception at 6.15pm in St Peter’s Church.

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Apollo 5

Saturday July 14th at 7.30pm
Temple Church

On Green Swept Shores
A varied programme of sacred, madrigal, folk, jazz, and pop including works by composers ranging from Byrd, Gibbons, Tavener and MacMillan, to Lennon & McCartney, Stephen Sondheim and Chaka Khan.

Pieces to include:
Byrd’s Vigilate; Tavener’s Mother of God Here I Stand; Gibbons' Silver Swan; Kern’s The Way You Look Tonight and The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby.

Clare Stewart, soprano, Josh Cooter, tenor, Penelope Appleyard, soprano,
Greg Link, bass, Oliver Martin-Smith, tenor

The British vocal ensemble Apollo5 come from the same stable as Voces8 who have visited Budleigh many times to great acclaim. Apollo5 has been praised for its engaging and entertaining a cappella performances here and abroad.
Apollo5 brings to life this mixed programme of sacred choral music, spirituals, traditional melodies, jazz standards and pop songs with versatility and charm. The five charismatic singers take you on a musical journey exploring music from the British Isles and beyond.

“A stunning, beautiful sound” BBC Radio 2 “Such clear and lovely voices.” The Swingle Singers “They gave everything to their audience, and produced an energetic and engaging performance.” The King’s Singers

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Sunwook Kim - Piano

Monday July 16th at 7.30pm
Temple Church

Piano Sonata in D, K.311 - Mozart
Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.111 - Beethoven
Suite Bergamasque - Debussy
Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, Op.24 - Brahms

London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds Piano Competition in 2006 aged just eighteen, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for forty years as well as the first Asian winner. Since then he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a recitalist as well as a concerto soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras.
‘Surely destined to be known as one of the greats to have emerged from the Leeds International Piano Competition, Kim was more expressive in tone and phrasing – impassioned and graceful, thrusting and rhapsodically introverted in turn.’ Mike Allan, The News, Portsmouth.

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The Festival Orchestra

Tuesday July 17th at 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church

Conducted by Nicholas Marshall
Leader, Paul Mathews
Cello, Sheku Kanneh-Mason

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Op.21 - Mendelssohn
Cello Concerto in C - Haydn
Simple Symphony - Britten
Symphony No.1, Op.21 - Beethoven

The Festival Orchestra presents a programme featuring the brilliant young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and there is also a youthful thread connecting the different works. Haydn’s Cello Concerto was written near the beginning of his career and Beethoven was twenty-nine when he wrote his First Symphony, Mendelssohn was just seventeen when he wrote his Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Britten twenty when he wrote his Simple Symphony, based on themes written between the ages of nine and twelve.

[Sheku Kanneh-Mason] ‘…technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority.’ (The Guardian)

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Merlin Ensemble Vienna

Wednesday July 18th at 7.30pm
Temple Church

Martin Walch, violin
Stephen Stirling, horn
Till Alexander Körber, piano

Sonata for violin and piano in A major, Op.100 - Brahms
Till Eulenspiegel, for violin, horn and piano arr.Till A. Körber
- R. Strauss - first UK performance
‘La lugubre Gondola’ for violin and piano - Liszt
Mephisto Waltz for violin and piano arr.Till A. Körber - Liszt
Trio for violin, piano and horn in E-flat major, Op.40 - Brahms

The Ensemble was founded in 1991, drawn from members of the European Chamber Orchestra, and is a flexible group of players encompassing wind, strings and piano. They have appeared in many international festivals and concert halls and have made several acclaimed CD recordings. We are delighted to welcome this combination of violin, horn and piano, whose programme will include a UK première as well as Brahms’ well-known Horn Trio.

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Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason – cello and piano

Thursday July 19th at 7.30pm
St. Peter's Church
Changed venue due to high demand for tickets

Cello Sonata No.6 in A Major,G.4 - Boccherini
Cello Sonata - Poulenc
Cello Sonata - Debussy
Cello Sonata No.2 in F, Op.99 - Brahms

Sheku Kanneh-Mason leapt to prominence when he won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016 with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto. Still only 19 years old his international career is developing rapidly with engagements as far afield as the USA and Japan. Last summer he made his Proms debut with the Chineke! Orchestra. Isata is studying at the Royal Academy of Music. She was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014, winning the Walter Todd Prize for the most promising musician. She has performed around the UK and abroad.

‘This was a triumphant coming-out for these immensely engaging players; a star duo is born.’ (The Independent)

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Chiaroscuro Quartet

Friday July 20th at 7.30pm
Temple Church

This concert is supported by the Exeter & District Classical Music Trust.

Quartet in E♭, Op.33 No.2 - Haydn
Quartet in G, Op.18 No.2 - Beethoven
Quartet in A minor D.804, ‘Rosamunde’ - Schubert

Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish violist Emile Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion (France). Dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound - described by The Observer as ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ - is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.

‘The playing is intense and refined, exploratory and poised …this is real chamber music; the attack is immaculate and spirited from all four musicians.’ (The Guardian)

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Jess Gillam and Friends

Saturday July 21st at 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church

Jess Gillam, saxophone
Andee Price, double bass
Steve Lodder, piano

A varied and eclectic programme to include music by Bartok, Ravel, Itturalde, Phil Woods and Chick Corea.

In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the grand final, performing Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to widespread critical acclaim. She made her Proms debut in 2017, has appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic and other orchestras, and given recitals throughout the UK. As well as her passion for performance Jess also has an interest in promoting live music and runs an annual concert series in her home town of Ulverston, Cumbria.

‘Jess gave a great show with her hot licks, lustrous tone and winning passion.’(The Times)

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The festival programme is correct at time of publication