Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts 2018

You are invited to join us for our series of Free Lunchtime Concerts for the 2018 Festival. Why not make a day by the sea in Budleigh Salterton, come to a free lunchtime concert and enjoy some local food?

A retiring collection will be made at each event.

The Festival programme is correct at time of publication.  

Lunchtime Concerts

Brass Duo

Friday July 13th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Josie Denning started playing the piano and later learned the cornet. She studied Music at Plymouth University and graduated in 2015. She joined the Sidmouth Town Band and currently holds the Flugel Horn seat. Josie runs her own Instrument Repair business in East Devon. Jasper Dommett became transfixed by the sounds of brass when the Sidmouth Town Band came to his primary school. He is now at the Royal Welsh College of Music studying musical composition. Jasper plays Solo Baritone for the championship section band City of Cardiff.

Dorothy Worthington studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. She became Head of Music at St Margaret’s School and also worked with advanced piano students at Exeter School. Dorothy is now a freelance accompanist and musical director.

Lunchtime Concerts

Schola Exe with Rachel Smith (Musical Director)

Saturday July 14th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Schola Exe, the County Senior Choir, was formed in 2012 as a natural extension of the Devon County Junior Choir.  The choir, for girls aged 13 - 18 and boys with unchanged voices, aims to give young people the opportunity to continue to develop their vocal skills and experiences and particularly to introduce the singers to major choral works in the repertoire.  For more information see: www.dcjc.org.uk

The choir was established by Rachel Smith, who also founded the Devon County Junior Choir.  Rachel is Head of Junior Music at The Maynard School, Exeter and was formerly Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School. Rachel is Musical Director of both the Chivenor and Lympstone Military Wives Choirs.

Lunchtime Concerts

Folk Music with Chris Hoban

Monday July 16th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Chris Hoban is one of the leading songwriters in the folk tradition in the South West and is enjoying a growing reputation as a solo performer, accompanying himself on guitar, piano accordion or 'cello. He makes regular appearances in folk clubs and festivals. Chris writes songs for the nationally renowned Devonian folk duo “Show of Hands” and joined them on their autumn tour, “Sanctuary”, performing in the cathedrals of Britain.  Chris began his teaching career in Brazil and after a decade of working in music theatre at home and overseas, he combined both musical and teaching interests in preparatory schools.

Chris is currently Director of Music at St Peter’s Preparatory School, Lympstone.

Lunchtime Concerts

Clarinet and Piano with Kevin Hurst and Jonathan Delbridge

Tuesday July 17th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Kevin Hurst is based in Budleigh Salterton where he teaches clarinet, piano and saxophone. He is an instrumental tutor at the University of Exeter. He conducts the East Devon Clarinet Choir and has been guest coach to county youth music ensembles and clarinet choirs. Kevin has given master classes at festivals and colleges and has enjoyed a career as a professional clarinettist, giving highly-acclaimed recitals nationwide and abroad.


Jonathan Delbridge’s interest in music began at the age of four when he started piano lessons. In 2004, Jonathan gained the FRSM diploma in piano performing.  He also achieved the ALCM diploma in jazz piano with distinction. He has a busy career as a freelance soloist, choir director and teacher of piano and organ.  

Lunchtime Concerts

Soprano and Flute with Emily Loftus and Stephen Rankin

Wednesday July 18th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Emily Loftus began her classical training at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (2012-2014) and is now in her fourth year on the BMus Performance course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2014-2018), under the tutelage of Scott Johnson and Patricia MacMahon. Emily is the daughter of the owners of ‘Vanilla Sky’ (Budleigh delicatessen).

Stephen Rankin, a concert flautist from Northern Ireland, is currently studying for a BMus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has performed in many productions including the RCS Symphony and Concerto Orchestras as well as their production of ‘Die Fledermaus’. Stephen has had opportunities to participate in masterclasses with many world- renowned flautists including Sir James Galway.

Lunchtime Concerts

Harp with Esther Beyer

Thursday July 19th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Esther Beyer began playing the harp at the age of six. She is now in her second year at The Royal Academy of Music, studying under the tutelage of Karen Vaughan, where she was recently commended in the 2017 Guy Macgrath Harp Prize. Esther has played in many major venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Solo highlights include playing for HRH Duchess of Cornwall on the Royal Harp at Clarence House.

Growing up in Devon, Esther has freelanced with local orchestras such as the Torbay Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth University Orchestra, and has won local festivals and competitions in Devon and Somerset.

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Piano Recital with Adam Heron

Friday July 20th at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Adam Heron was born in Hong Kong in 1999. At the age of seven he was awarded a scholarship to join Gloucester Cathedral Choir. From 2012 until 2017 he studied piano at Wells Cathedral School. Adam is currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Recently he was awarded first prize at the Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, held in London.

He gained the titles of both Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016, and is a laureate of the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle. Adam has performed at The Cheltenham Music Festival, The Elgar Room and The Bath Pump Rooms, where he showcased his own compositions for violin and piano.

Lunchtime Concerts

Music Deco

Saturday July 21st at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Music Deco is a trio comprising Kate Walker and her talented musical colleagues, Andrew Daldorph, piano and Chris Gradwell, saxophone and clarinet.

The trio delights in the rhythm, romance and evocative style of that most exciting time of popular music, the 1920s - 1940s. Conjuring the very essence of the Deco Period and providing a performance of not just jazz or light music, but some of each, with a little comedy and smoky night club atmosphere thrown in as well. Think of Bix Beiderbeck, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Noel Coward and other familiar names from those decades and expect songs full of wit and humour.
Music Deco delights in variety, performing some instantly recognisable and some less familiar music.