Wells Cathedral School
Type: Concert
Date: Saturday 22 June 1996

Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra
Roger Durston: Director

String Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Ioan Davies
William Mathias: Divertimento for Strings Op. 7

Wind Ensemble, Conductor: Kevin Murphy
Mozart: Serenade in Bb (Gran Partita)

Large Brass, Conductor: Paul Denegri
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances

Julien Cheriyan (pictured): Piano
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in Bb minor

Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Roger Durston
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 ‘Military’


A thrilling and inspiring concert was given on Saturday by the Wells Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, prior to their concert at the London Barbican on Monday. Their programme included William Mathias Divertimento for Strings, part of Mozart’s Serenade in B flat for Wind Ensemble, and Haydn’s Symphony 100 (Military), the latter conducted by Roger Durston, Director of Music at the school.

The young players’ commitment to the music, their expertise and energy, was evident throughout. Nowhere was this seen more clearly than in a vibrant and passionate performance, by a large brass ensemble, of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances (West Side Story) with is complex rhythms and time changes, producing a tight and meticulous ensemble, so ably conducted by Paul Denegri.

It was particularly nice to have a return visit from Julien Cheriyan who played Chopin’s Scherzo in B flat minor. Since his appearance at last year’s festival, he achieved the distinction of winning the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and appeared in the televised concerto final last March.

To hear talented young musicians is always a privilege and their passionate commitment to the music is always exciting. But no one present at this concert would have left unmoved or uninspired. Thanks must be given to Roger Durston who introduced each item, telling us how this exciting specialist music school works to equip its young musicians. We wish them well.

Paul McClure

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.