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haldon is a small coastal village in South Devon between Teignmouth and Torquay and will celebrate its 28th Classical Music Festival from 22nd to 25th June 2017, at St Peter's Church.

The aim of our four day summer Festival is to provide local people and visitors with access to first rate, professionally-performed classical music at affordable prices.

Join us for four days of wonderful music in a stunning setting, including an all day choral workshop on Saturday 24th June.
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* The ONLINE BOX OFFICE for tickets is now open. You can view details of our concerts below.
To download a brochure, click on: Shaldon Festival 2017 Brochure

* There are singers' places still available for the Dream of Gerontius. You can find information on the Choral Workshop tab above or, to book now, click on: Choral Workshop 2017

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Happy, exciting, intense – Latin music has it all

Opening the 2017 Shaldon Festival, we are delighted to welcome Julian Bliss and his Septet (clarinet/trumpet/piano/bass/drums/percussion). British born musician, Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest and versatile clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. In 2010 he established the Julian Bliss Septet to pursue his love of jazz music, creating programmes which he has performed to packed houses in festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the U.S.

In this concert Julian explores the rich world of Latin American music. Dominated by the influences of Cuba and Brazil, this musical heritage stretches back over 200 years with popular styles ranging from the elegant Rumba to the wildly exciting Samba. Julian explores the growth of Latin music from the early days of the Habanera to the complexity of modern Salsa rhythms, including one of the most famous songs in the world La Paloma, the 1940’s classic Besame mucho and the famous Brazilian chorinho (little lament) Tico tico, made famous in films by Walt Disney and Woody Allen.

Concert starts at 7.30pm


Friday, 23 June 2017

“The Amatis Piano Trio is an outstanding ensemble on the way to establishing a great international career.”
Prof. Daniel Hope (Beaux Arts Trio).
Praise indeed from a member of a Piano Trio that has set the gold standard over the last 50 years.

Recently included in the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and winners of the 2015 Parkhouse Award in the Wigmore Hall, London, the Amatis Piano Trio was founded in Amsterdam in 2013 by German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Dutch/Chinese pianist Mengjie Han. Only weeks after forming, the trio won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam, which quickly lead to their debut at the Royal Concertgebouw and concert engagements throughout the Netherlands. 

The concert opens with two compelling early works; the 'Grassenhauer' Piano Trio Op.11 composed by Beethoven at the age of 28 and Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 written when he was a mere 16 year old student. This is followed by Suk’s beautiful Elegy Op.23, dating from 1902, a work which gives full voice to the composer’s rich lyricism. Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49 No.1, completes the programme; described by Robert Schumann in 1840 as “the most masterly piano trio of the present day”.

Concert starts at 7.30pm

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Returning by popular demand, Gavin Carr will direct the Festival choral workshop day. With his trademark humour allied to deep vocal expertise and enormous experience in the choral world, Gavin Carr is now recognised as one of the UK's leading choral conductors. Currently Chorus Master of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, and Music Director of Bath Minerva Choir, he is a guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Philharmonia Chorus.

The workshop will provide the rare opportunity for local amateur singers to study and perform Elgar’s massive epic Dream of Gerontius. The piece is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and some consider it his masterpiece.

For those singers who would like a little more time to familiarise themselves with the work, there will be an optional day rehearsal conducted by Peter Adcock in St. Peter’s Church, Shaldon on the preceding Saturday 17 June.

Online booking open

Saturday, 24 June 2017

“This is the best of me.” These were the words Edward Elgar wrote on the final page of the score of The Dream of Gerontius in 1900.

Elgar never completed an opera but his Gerontius is powerfully operatic in its dramatic timing and establishment of atmosphere. Based on a Victorian poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, the piece follows an “everyman” character (the word "Gerontius" come from the Greek for “old man”) as he faces death, meets his guardian Angel and goes before his God before being taken to Purgatory with the promise of everlasting glory.

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius was composed for full-size orchestra, organ, choir and soloists. No orchestra for this evening’s informal performance, which will be the culmination of a choral workshop day directed by Gavin Carr, but superb piano accompaniment guaranteed by Peter Adcock.

Concert starts at 7.30pm


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Many Shaldon festival goers will remember the outstanding concert given by The Innovation Chamber Ensemble in 2011 and we warmly welcome their return. ICE was formed in 2002 by Richard Jenkinson and other principal string players of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to make a unique ensemble who strive for performances of the highest calibre. This 'conductor less' group ranges in size to a maximum of sixteen string players and incorporates both enthusiasm and many years of experience from working with 'worldclass' musicians such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and indeed the CBSO's current exciting new Lithuanian born music director Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla.

ICE open their programme with Schönberg's highly romantic, emotionally charged string sextet Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). This is followed by the re-scoring of an early masterpiece of Mozart composed in 1779, Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K364. In 1807 an anonymous musician arranged it for string sextet (Grand Sestetto Concertante) for a Viennese publisher, probably at the time Mozart’s widow Constanze was trying to raise some money from his music. It preserves all the complexity of the original – no small feat when a whole orchestra and two soloists must be reduced to a sextet. The main work of the evening is the string septet version of Strauss Metamorphosen written in 1945, when Strauss witnessed the destroyed opera houses in Munich and Dresden. In the words of Strauss’ compatriot, Henrich Heine, “when the words end, music starts.”

Concert starts at 7.30pm