Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 21 June 2007

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Kenneth Sillito violin
Harvey de Souza violin [viola in the Mozart]
Robert Smissen viola
Stephen Orton cello
Lynda Houghton double bass
Barnaby Robson clarinet
Graham Sheen bassoon
Stephen Stirling horn


Gioacchino Rossini String Sonata No 1 in G major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet in E Flat major for Horn and Strings, K. 407
Franz Schubert Octet in F, D803


Enthusiastic applause from a packed audience in St Peter’s Church, Shaldon, greeted the first concert of the four-day Shaldon Festival. The world famous Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble began their programme with a delightful account of Rossini’s String Sonata No 1 in G major. The charm and wit of the piece was beautifully conveyed with expressive phrasing and a delicate string sound. This was followed by Mozart’s Quintet in E Flat major for Horn and Strings. Stephen Stirling gave a flawless technical performance of this notoriously difficult piece for horn, ably accompanied by violin, two violas and cello. Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening was the performance of Schubert’s Octet, a stunning and exuberant work. From the opening bars of the imposing slow introduction of the first movement the audience knew they were in for a special treat. Brilliantly led by Kenneth Sillito, the playing throughout was exceptional achieving a remarkable ensemble and balance; eight pairs of acute ears obviously attuned to the collective sound they were making together.

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.