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A happy new year to you all

We start 2018 with one of our occasional departures from the usual timetable, with the next concert on Sunday 21st January at 3pm in the Courtenay Centre. This will feature the Pomegranate Piano Trio - three outstanding musicians each with their own careers as soloists, accompanist and ensemble players who came together to form Pomegranate four years ago. Individually and together they have preformed at the Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London; the Musikverein in Vienna; La Salle Cortot, Paris ; New York's prestigious Lincoln Center; and Hong Kong's Cultural Centre. Their concert at Newton Abbot will include the Haydn Keyboard Trio No. 29, Beethoven's 'Archduke' Trio and the lesser-known Opus 15 Trio by Smetana.

If you don't already have tickets they may be purchased from Pomegranate Piano Trio, or on the door: a snip - where else would you get an afternoon's entertainment by top musicians for only £13? This is only possible with the help of our sponsors, The C&M Pike Trust, and of course Austins Department Store, who are supporting NADSA for the whole season: we are grateful for their generous help.

January seems otherwise to be a quiet month for local live music. Any singers among us may be interested in a choral workshop to sing the Monteverdi Vespers (1610), organised by Torbay Singers and directed by Tina Guthrie at Exeter School on Saturday 27th January: go to for more information but be quick - bookings close on Friday 12th!

On Thursday 1st February there is an evening of words and music reflecting the events of the Holocaust, with Raphael Wallfisch and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. Anita is one of the few surviving members of the Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz and will speak about how art can survive the worst of human atrocities. Raphael is her son and a world-renowned musician. He will play a recital of evocative and sublime cello music, inspired by his Jewish heritage and accompanied by John York at the piano. John has an international reputation as a pianist, composer and writer and for over 30 years has been professor at the Guildford School of Music and Drama. to find out more and to book.

That's it for now; look out for another newsletter in a month's time with information about music in February and early March. Please forward this to any of your friends who may be interested. It is sent to around 120 NADSA members and friends and more can easily be added to the lists!

Keep listening,
John R