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Number 26 April 2017

Hello fellow concert-goers

Next Friday (21st) is the final concert of the season when we have an opportunity to hear what is probably the country's leading Piano Trio play for us in Newton Abbot. The London Bridge Trio have played regularly in the capital since forming in 2002, concentrating on early 20th century English music - hence their name. Read more about them at London Bridge Trio Biography , but in brief, their earlier recordings of Frank Bridge's work were critically acclaimed; now in their current concerts they explore the influences, connections and history of works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms. We are to hear Robert Schumann's op.73 Fantasiestücke, which you may be more familiar with as a Clarinet piece, Clara Schumann's rarely heard op.17 trio, and Mendelssohn's 2nd Piano Trio, op.66 - all written in the 1840s. Tickets for this performance may be booked at Tickets for London Bridge Trio , and we at NADSA are very grateful to Ray at Buyrite Tyres ( - which is not just tyres!) for sponsoring this event. Be at the Courtenay Centre by 7.30 as usual for an evening of first-class music making.

Across the estuary in Lympstone the Dante Quartet (who entertained us at NADSA in March) will begin Beethoven's Quartet Journey on the first weekend of May (Friday 5th to Sunday 7th) looking at the first of the early quartets, the Razumovskis and some of the late quartets. Then on the first weekend of June (2nd to 4th) they complete the journey with the remaining quartets plus transformations and the Grosse Fugue. Full details of each performance are at, with links to buy tickets. These performances will combine the exquisite playing of The Dante Quartet with a dramatised personal testimony from Beethoven himself, featuring new writing by playwright Clare Norburn alongside original sources and letters, including the famous Heiligenstadt Testament in which Beethoven expresses his despair at his growing deafness. The concert series can be dipped into or enjoyed complete, giving the listener new insights and a deeper understanding of Beethoven’s music and his extraordinary personal journey. A rare opportunity for beginners to de-mystify Beethoven and for experts to immerse themselves completely - take advantage now!

On May 5th the Virtuosi Octet from Wells Cathedral School preform works by Bach, Brahms, Glazunov and Mendelssohn at Powderham Castle. Tickets may be booked at, where you can read more about these up-and-coming young artists.

Shaldon Festival runs from 22-25 June: too much to detail here, but look at for more information. Performers include the Julian Bliss Septet (wind), Amatis Piano Trio, and Innovation Chamber Ensemble, as well as the Festival Choir and a choral workshop.

Exeter Music Group are now in their 50th season, under a new conductor Leo Geyer; those who heard their recent concert in the Cathedral will remember a fizzing 'West Side Story' and it's being followed on 20th May by live music in Princesshay Shopping Centre ( 10am 'til 1pm, free) in support of Children's Hospice South West. You'll realise this isn't part of any regular concert series but a fun pop-up bringing classical and modern music to a wider audience. If the grandchildren like that, they'll be delighted with the afternoon matinee 'Fantasy, Fun and Fairy Tales' in St Peter's School on Saturday 24th June. More about these performances at .

The Cathedral has as always a full musical programme in the coming months which will include the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Debussy, Lalo and Rimsky-Korsakov), Exeter Philharmonic Choir (Gerontius), and The Sixteen - all these in May. The full list of events for the summer is at

A final date for you: Sun 14th May at 3pm,Peter Fisher & Peter Adams, violin & piano at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth 01752 275850,

That's all for now: there'll be another newsletter next month to remind NADSA members of the Annual General Meeting on 11th June - make a note now!

Meanwhile, enjoy Easter,
John R