nadsa NEWS - September 2018

By John Rockey
1 September 2018

Welcome to the new Concert Season! We begin on Friday September 21st in the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot at 7.30 pm with a Clarinet & Piano recital by our friends Elaine Cocks (home-grown in Ashburton) and Viv McLean (returning after two years), looking at some of the lesser-known repertoire.

Elaine is a visiting lecturer and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music; she has played with the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players among others, and has premiered several works written for her. Viv too has worked with the major British orchestras, playing at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall as well as touring the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Both have appeared on Radio 3 as part of their Young Artists Forum and we're delighted to welcome them both back to Newton Abbot where their concert will be sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management

NADSA's programme for the rest of the season is:

  • 19th October: Chamber Philharmonic Europe - a string band
  • 16th November: The Lisney Briggs Duo - four hands at the piano
  • 20th January : Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Anna Tilbrook, Piano (Sun, 3.00pm)
  • 17th February: Martin James Bartlett, Piano (Sun, 3.00pm)
  • 15th March: Petrof Piano Trio - Violin, Cello & Piano
  • 13th April: Divertimento String Quartet with Judith Hall, Flute (Teignmouth)

Note that unless otherwise indicated, all concerts are on a Friday evening, and each may be booked online at the discounted rate of £13; otherwise £15 on the door.

Save even more by becoming a member: individual tickets for only £10, or the whole season of seven concerts for only £56. Individual membership for the year costs £20, or £30 for a couple, so by joining you could save a massive £29 as a single or £68 as a couple! Students save even more: the whole season of seven concerts for only £30. Amazing value! Members also have the opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting in June where you will enjoy a complimentary cream tea, a short complimentary recital and have the forum to share your ideas for the future of the Society with fellow members and the committee. What are you waiting for - get on the NADSA website and sign up now to maximise your savings! You may have realised that even if you miss a concert, you're still saving money - and you can pass your ticket on to a friend to enjoy the evening's entertainment.

Elsewhere in the area, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are at the Great Hall, Exeter on 11th October with their 'Divine Sublime' concert; Mozart's 'Gran Partita' serenade no.10 and Beethoven's 7th symphony - for more information.

Exeter Cathedral has three events in the coming weeks: first an Organ Recital by David Flood on 13th September, and a week later on 20th the choral group Tenebrae present their programme of commemoration, in poetry and music, 'We will remember them'. On Sunday 7th October the Cathedral Choir, University of Exeter Chapel Choir and Exeter Symphony Orchestra lead an orchestral service of Choral Evensong. More information and tickets from

Finally, keen string players may be interested in a workshop in Baroque style playing to be held on Sunday October 7th at Aller park, Dartington. Organised by Devon Baroque, has more information.

That's it for now; happy listening,
John Rockey