Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts 2017

You are invited to join us for our series of Free Lunchtime Concerts for the 2017 Festival. Why not make a day by the sea in Budleigh Salterton, come to a free lunchtime concert and enjoy some local food? Concerts are held in The Temple, EXCEPT for the Sidmouth Town Band and the Organ Recital which are held in St. Peter's Church.
A retiring collection will be made at each event.

The Festival programme is correct at time of publication.  

Lunchtime Concerts

Zephyr Duo

Friday 7th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church


Ruth Molins (flute) and Sally Jenkins (harp)

Ruth Molins enjoys a varied and busy freelance career playing in orchestral, chamber and contemporary music, jazz and musical theatre settings across the South West. Ruth teaches flute and piano and tutors on the ‘Blue Sky Chamber Music’ summer course. She coaches the wind section of the Devon Youth Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and musical director of Exeter Youth Flutes.  

Sally Jenkins is an experienced pedal and early triple harpist, and has presented lecture-recitals on the history of the instrument. Sally trained as a secondary music teacher and held Director of Music roles at Clifton High School and the Royal High School, Bath. She currently enjoys a successful freelance career consisting of orchestral work, individual harp teaching and solo performing. 

Sally and Ruth first collaborated in March 2015, when they performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Exeter Symphony Orchestra. They have become an immensely popular and successful duo, performing concerts across the South West.
Watch the duo perform here

Lunchtime Concerts

Sidmouth Town Band

Saturday 8th July 2017 at 12noon
St Peter’s Church

Adrian Harvey (Musical Director)


Sidmouth Town Band was founded in 1862. Over the past 10 years it has built up a reputation for being one of Devon’s most entertaining and successful brass bands. The band has always played a central part in local events, including the arrival of the first train to Sidmouth in 1874, a service to mourn the death of King George V in 1928, and the more recent street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 90th Birthday. The band’s summer season of Sunday evening concerts in Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens attracts visitors from all over the South West.

Adrian Harvey joined the band as Musical Director in 1998 after gaining much success with bands in Cornwall as a cornet player. Under Adrian’s leadership, Sidmouth Town Band has become one of the leading bands in Devon. The band has represented Sidmouth and the West of England at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, most recently in September 2016.

Visit their website here

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Jazz Trio Bach to Jazz and Back

Monday 10th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Martin Dale - (Saxophone)
Gavin Martin - (Piano)
Jim Rintoul - (Double bass)

Jazz interpretations of European classical music with a twist.

Martin Dale is one of the busiest and most popular saxophonists in the South West. He has recorded for the BBC on radio and television sound tracks. Martin makes regular appearances at UK Jazz festivals and he has released 8CDs which have been played on Radio 2 and 3 and Jazz FM.

Gavin Martin learned piano and trumpet from an early age. He joined the Royal Marines School of Music in 1980. In 1994 he completed the 12 month Bandmasters' class and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians with his LRSM Diploma.

Jim Rintoul plays electric and double bass. He studied classical music with the Assistant Principal Bassist of the Melbourne Symphony. When he moved to New York he studied jazz with some world famous bass players. Now he is back in Devon where he grew up, Jim enjoys performing as a busy freelancer.

Lunchtime Concerts

Daughters of Elvin

Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Katy Marchant - bagpipes, recorders, shawm, pipe and salterio, gemshorn
Steve Tyler - hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, percussion, cittern
Alison Burnett - voice

Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant have been the core of medieval/theatrical ensemble Daughters of Elvin. At various times they work with instrumentalists, singers, storytellers or masked dancers. They have performed throughout the UK and Europe playing for concerts, dances or historical events.

Katy Marchant founded Daughters of Elvin and, inspired by medieval iconography, made the fantastical masks and costumes used in the performances. She comes from an early music background and has played recorder from a young age.

Steve Tyler is a well respected hurdy gurdy player, equally at home with early music, folk music and modern compositions. He has performed with diverse artists such as the English folk singer Jackie Oates, German industrial/electronic musician F.M.Einheit, and South African puppeteer John Roberts.

Alison Burnett is the soprano soloist with Daughters of Elvin. They have performed together in Cyprus as well as locally. Alison is no stranger to the Budleigh Festival. She frequently gives recitals with her accompanist David Davies.

Watch the duo performing here

Lunchtime Concerts

Violin Recital Song and Dance

Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Joel Munday (violin)
Peter Clarke (piano)

Joel Munday began learning the violin at the age of seven, taught by his mother. He subsequently studied with Michael Johnson. From September 2016, Joel has attended the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, and is delighted to be working with the internationally renowned pedagogue, Professor Ani Schnarch.  Joel has achieved several prestigious awards including the first Young Musician of Wiltshire title and the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians’ Platform Competition. Joel is supported by Awards for Young Musicians and the Dulce Haigh Marshall Trust. He plays a violin generously loaned to him by the Benslow Instrument Loan Scheme.

Peter Clarke studied the piano from the age of 4. He has a range of performance experience both as soloist and accompanist. He also enjoys performing chamber music. Peter has worked extensively with several Youth Orchestras as an arranger and orchestrator. He has recently composed two violin sonatas for Joel Munday, who gave the premiere performances at St. Andrews Church, Plymouth.

Watch the duo performing here

Lunchtime Concerts

Organ Recital

Thursday 13th July 2017 at 12noon
St Peter’s Church


Ed Jones (organ) and Michael Graham (organ and voice)

Ed Jones achieved a First class B Mus and a PhD in Musical Composition at Aberdeen University. He began his professional career as Assistant Organist at The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Aberdeen. Last year he was Organ Scholar to Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire. He is currently the organ scholar at Exeter Cathedral, where his duties include playing at the cathedral, rehearsing and conducting, as well as accompanying the University Chapel Choir in services.

Michael Graham is a Lay Clerk at Exeter Cathedral and Director of Chapel Music at Exeter University. He trained at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and was subsequently awarded organ scholarships at Liverpool Metropolitan and Exeter Cathedrals. He is an accomplished tenor and is in demand as a soloist. Michael directs several chopirs and ensembles, including Lympstone Military Wives Choir and the Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir.

Lunchtime Concerts

Santiago Quartet

Friday 14th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church


Rowan Bell - violin
Johanna McWeeney - violin
Cressida Wislocki – viola
Jonathan Hennessey-Brown - cello

Contemporary Works for String Quartet from Britain and Latin America.
The Santiago Quartet was founded when two of its members moved to England after several years with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. Whilst working in Mexico, the musicians discovered a repertoire that is rarely or never performed in the United Kingdom. They collaborated with the renowned Yucatecan guitarist Cecilio Perera. Their interest in exploring this music led to performances with the Grammy Award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericáno, and at the 2008 International Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City's Bellas Artes Theatre.

Santiago Quartet's first album, Latin Perspective, was a collaboration with Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson and received outstanding reviews. The Quartet is committed to playing an active role in the education of young musicians. Their workshops include working with young musicians at the Jewish Free School in West London. They also collaborate with Bandoneon player Julian Rowlands and are preparing for the release of their second album.

In between travels Jo McWeeney lives in Budleigh Salterton.

Visit their website here

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Piano Recital ROSL Keyboard First Prize Winner

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 12noon
Temple Methodist Church

Tyler Hay (piano)

Tyler studied at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. He then continued at the Royal Northern College of Music graduating with first class honours. Tyler won the Gold Medal competition at the Royal Northern and he will play in the prize winners' concert at Wigmore Hall in Spring 2017.

Tyler has become a virtuoso pianist who enjoys tackling some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. He has performed Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sonata at Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and Scriabin's 5th Sonata at the Southbank's Purcell Room. Tyler won first prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Competition in February, 2016.