nadsa News - March 2019

By John Rockey
5 March 2019

For our penultimate concert of the season on 15th March we return to the familiar Friday evening time of 7.30pm at the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot where the Petrov Piano Trio will be our guests.  Founded in 2009 by Jan Schulmeister (of the Wihan Quartet) they are the resident trio of the renowned Czech Piano maker Petrov; tonight they play our nadsa Yamaha.  The website has some interesting background about the company and its 155-year history, as well as more information about the Trio.

Their last two CDs with works by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky have been positively praised by critics in Czech and foreign journals and members of the trio are frequent guests on stage in both their home country and abroad.  Their programme for us opens with Janácek’s Kreutzer sonata, followed by Rachmaninov’s Trio Élégiaque and Dvorak’s 2nd Piano Trio making an eastern European feast!

Torbay Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Series of concerts continues at Teignmouth Pavilions as part of Teignmouth Classical Music Festival on 16th March and St John’s Church Totnes the next day.  In both venues the programme features Lutoslawski’s 4th Symphony, the Schumann Cello Concerto and La Mer by Debussy.  More information and ticket sales are at

Teignmouth’s Classical Music Festival has other events this coming weekend on 8th, 9th and 10th at the Church of St Michael the Archangel:  see last month’s newsletter or for more information on these concerts.

Tina Guthrie will conduct the Torbay Singers at the church of St Mary the Virgin, St Marychurch, Torquay on Saturday March 30th at 7.30 pm when they will sing Bach’s St John Passion (in English), with orchestra and soloists.  Look at for more information and to book tickets.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra visit the Great Hall at Exeter University twice in the coming weeks: first on Thursday 14th  with the film music of John Williams and Hans Zimmer: for details, and again on 11th with the Echoes of Home programme.  Don Frampton wrote about this concert last month, or look at to find out more.

At the Cathedral on 16th, the Lord Mayor’s Concert brings the London Mozart Players to Exeter to play with Exeter Philharmonic Choir in Haydn’s Creation. has all you need to know, plus details of an open rehearsal on Monday 15th April for newcomers who may wish to join in their summer concert.  (Brahms Liebeslieder-Waltzer and Rossini’s Petite Mess solennelle).

LMP are also at Plymouth (St Andrews) for an all-Mozart programme on 9th March: will tell you more.  Also in Plymouth – Jazz guitar duo Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier on 24th; then on 7th April NADSA favourites Judith Hall (Flute) and Craig Ogden (Guitar).  Go to  to find out more about these last two concerts.

Also at the Cathedral, their usual range of choral and orchestral music is again on offer, this month from Devon Youth Music, and the Choral Societies of Exeter School, Colyton Grammar, Exeter University and Budleigh Male Voice Choir.  Then on 30th March Philharmonic Brass brings together over 40 professional musicians and special guests from across the country for an evening of top-class music.  This will include the majestic Finale from Saint-Saen’s ‘Organ’ Symphony No.3, the hauntingly beautiful Ashokan Farewell, the evocative MacArthur Park, as well as Shostakovich’s exuberant Festive Overture, all in aid of Cancer Research UK.  has information on all of these events.

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That’s all for now,
Happy listening