Wells Cathedral School
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 19 June 2009

Young musicians from WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

with Edward Scull on Marimba


13 winds
Suite in B-flat major, op. 4. RICHARD STRAUSS

Edward Scull - Marimba
The Green Road MARK FORD

Joseph Shiner and Jessamy Holder - Clarinet duet with piano
Homage a Manuel de Falla CHARLES CAMILLERI
Allegro moderato - Andante molto - Allegro vivace

Rebecca Carson and Rosie Bowker - Flute duet with piano
Andante and Rondo FRANZ DOPPLE

Edward Scull - Marimba
Trois Pieces Breves JACQUES IBERT
Allegro - Andante - Allegro scherzando

13 winds
Largo/molto allegro
Finale molto allegro


As is traditional with the Festival, the accent was on youth for the Friday evening concert showcasing the Wells Cathedral School Wind Ensemble. In the words of their Head of Woodwind, Kevin Murphy, who introduced the concert items, “forget about TV reality shows such as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, real talent lies with these gifted young musicians.” In a well constructed programme, the full ensemble of 13 winds opened the concert with two movements from Richard Strauss Suite in Bbmajor, composed when Strauss was only 17. Not an easy piece to play with many exposed lines, the woodwind and horn players together with the single double bass player acquitted themselves well. The concert also finished with 13 winds, this time with five movements from the more familiar Mozart Serenade in Bb ‘Gran Partita’, and played with great assurance and conviction.

Sandwiched between these works there were a number of solo and small group items. Joseph Shiner, who was a woodwind finalist in the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year, displayed an impressive technique and musicality on the clarinet and enthralled the audience with a short unaccompanied piece by Bela Kovacs Hommage a Manuel de Falla. He then joined Jessamy Holder to play a clarinet duet on the same theme: Charles Camilleri (Malta’s National Composer who died January this year), Homage a Manuel de Falla. A highlight for many in the audience was the beautiful flute playing of Rebecca Carson and Rosemary Bowker who played the duet Andante and Rondo by Franz Doppler, ably accompanied by Dominic Hansom on piano. It was not a surprise to be told the two young ladies played together in the National Youth Orchestra, as they blended so well with sensitive phrasing and a natural empathy.

As a contrast to the wind pieces in the programme, the young Shaldon musician, Edward Scull, displayed his prodigious talent on the marimba. A former pupil at Wells Cathedral School and now studying at the Royal College of Music in London, Edward played three very demanding pieces especially composed for the marimba completely from memory. The first was written by Japanese film composer Takatsugu Muramatsu and entitled Land. The other two pieces were composed by Mark Ford: The Green Road and Polaris. An American who co-ordinates percussion activities at the University of North Texas, Edward had the privilege of working with Mark Ford on his visit to the Royal College in London. No doubt if the composer had been in the audience this particular evening he would have been hugely impressed with the way Edward handled the layers of musical and technical challenges posed in his marimba writing. It was a very polished performance and bodes well for his future musical career.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.