exeter festival chorus
Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm Great Hall, Dartington
Conductor: Nigel Perrin
Solo violin: Madeleine Mitchell
Solo baritone: Julian Rippon
Running time 2 hours with a 20 minute interval.
Tickets: £15 (unreserved)
Kenneth Grahame’s timeless Wind in the Willows needs little introduction; here are all your favourite characters, Ratty, Mole and, of course, Mr Toad, set to music, complete with percussion, by John Rutter. Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum is an unusual and highly effective piece in five sections using poems which celebrate how the living spirit of the drum is brought alive. It’s an exuberant, rhythmic work that is hugely exciting. Also in the programme are Czech composer Antonín Tučapský’s beautiful setting of the Ted Hughes poem The Seven Sorrows, reflecting on the passage of summer into autumn, and Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Sea.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of our charity partners, the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust and St Loye's Foundation, who do so much for our local community. Why not bring your family to meet some of the children and young adults they care for and to enjoy some wonderful music in a delightful setting?
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Wind in the Willows
MADELEINE MITCHELL, violinist
Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of Britain's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists'. Her performances in some 50 countries as a soloist and chamber musician a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast for television and radio including the BBC Proms, ABC (Australia), Bayerisher Rundfunk, S4C and Italian TV when she won the Palmo d’Oro, praised both for her vibrant lyrical intensity and her pioneering creativity. Her engagements in 2015 included Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, recitals in Singapore, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3, Barbican, Schoenberg Center Vienna and Moscow, with concerto, recital and classes at Dartington and a return invitation 2016, judging a competition in China and a major tour of the USA.
Madeleine Mitchell has performed violin concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and for the BBC. For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee she returned to the Bath International Festival as soloist in the ‘Great Brits’ programme in Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’, which she also performed as Canberra International Music Festival Artist-in-Residence. Her performance of Bruch Violin Concerto during the Edinburgh Festival was reviewed as ‘totally bewitching. She has a full rich tone which sang strongly.’ She devised a unique ‘concerto’ for violin and choir, with new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik, supported by Arts Council England. The latest in a long line of distinguished composers to write for her are David Matthews, whose Romanza with strings she performed in several festivals 2012/13, Geoffrey Poole and Sadie Harrison – new works 2015 - and Guto Puw, whose violin concerto she premiered with Orchestra of the Swan at the Bangor New Music and Spring Sounds Festivals and performs with BBCNOW in 2016 at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
Mitchell’s acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes ‘In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell’ by MacMillan, Nyman and other well known UK composers, ‘FiddleSticks’ - Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces (which she performed in Symphony Hall International Series); ‘Violin Songs’ - Classic FM’s CD of the week, ‘British Treasures’ - early 20th century romantic violin sonatas, two albums for Naxos of music by Alwyn and Howard Blake (with the composer as pianist), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Her Linn recording of MacMillan Motet with solo violin and choir was BBC Music’s CD of the Month, 2014.
Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals and for her imaginative programming, described by The Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ after a recital in Glasgow. She represented Britain with recitals in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the centenary of Entente Cordiale and Kuwait ‘Great British Week’ 2014. Mitchell has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour supported by the British Council, played at many international festivals and frequently in London. Madeleine Mitchell won the GBSF award for her recitals with pianist Noriko Ogawa and she has collaborated with many outstanding artists. She regularly tours the US and in 2013/14 her recitals included Paris, Rome (broadcast by Radio CEMAT) and St Petersburg by return invitation.
A highly creative personality, she devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, held throughout Cardiff for which she was shortlisted for European Women of Achievement and Creative Briton Awards. She is also Director of the London Chamber Ensemble, a long-standing flexible group including the UK’s outstanding chamber musicians.
Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor. Her ground-breaking work with the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science was recently featured in The Observer News. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she was awarded a master's degree in New York studying with DeLay, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival in the Italian Alps and the international LMFL courses. Madeleine plays on an 1839 Rocca violin made in Turin. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000. www.classical-artists.com/madeleinemitchell
Julian Rippon, BaritoneA boy chorister with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, Julian Rippon developed his vocal technique and musical interests whilst reading engineering at Cambridge University. His solo activities flourished after moving to Japan in 1990, where he performed as soloist in many major choral master-works.
Julian now lives in Exeter, where he is a Lay Vicar with Exeter Cathedral Choir. His solo performances feature in works including Monteverdi Vespers, Handel Messiah, J.S. Bach B Minor Mass, St John Passion, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms German Requiem, Stainer Crucifixion, Duruflé Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Carl Orff Carmina Burana and Howard Goodall Requiem. Forthcoming engagements include the roles of Black Bob/Tom in Britten’s The Little Sweep. Julian recently featured as soloist in a recording for CD of Patrick Hawes’ Lazarus Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Exeter Philharmonic Choir and Exeter Cathedral Choir under the baton of the composer.
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