Date: Thursday 20 June 1996
Raimund Herincx: Conductor
Wyn Turner: Organ
Andy Stark: Trumpet
Four postgraduate students from the Royal College of Music
Meinir Thomas: Soprano
Elinor Carter: Alto
Mark Guerin: Tenor
Nigel Brookes: Bass
Margaret Brown: Second Alto
Aubrey Maybin: Keyboard Continuo
The 1996 Shaldon Festival opened on Thursday June 20th with Handel’s “Messiah from Scratch”. A popular work, performed regularly, this was unusual in that the choir, soloists and conductor had not had a prior rehearsal together, thus truly “from scratch”. Conductor Raimund Herincx said at the end “no Messiah is perfect, but what a privilege it has been to be involved here in Shaldon, a truly superb effort”.
It was indeed a very pleasant and worthwhile evening. Mention should be made of the excellent accompanist on the organ, with the solo trumpet which was at times rather too dominant. Additionally it seemed a pity that the choir “faced the wrong way” (from an audience viewpoint), but it must have been difficult for the conductor to position himself to gain good control. His calm direction put everyone at ease. The short semi-chorus contribution from Trinity School, particularly in a Festival where youth is a highlight, the four excellent soloists from the Royal College of Music, and Margaret Brown, who lives in Devon, gave a good base for the enthusiastic 85-strong chorus recruited in South Devon. What more could one wish for a rousing Festival opening.
Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon
VENUESt Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB
CAR PARKING ADVICE
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.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
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.