nadsa Newsletter - December 2021

By John Rockey
16 December 2021

After last month’s sell-out afternoon with the Arcadia String Quartet, we thought it prudent to remind everyone well in advance of our next concerts so that you may reserve your tickets before they all disappear.  At the moment there are still some available, but bear in mind that the Courtenay Centre is operating at reduced seating capacity during the current situation and if left too late… you may be too late.

Our January concert once again is on a Sunday afternoon, the 16th at 3pm.  Crossover?  Genre-bending?  Classical meets gypsy and folk in the jazz club?  The Tim Kliphuis Trio has been described in many ways but you really have to hear their music and form your own adjectives.  At their last visit to Newton Abbot six years ago we heard Copland, Vivaldi, Django Reinhart, Fauré and Hoagy Carmichael among others; what’s in store for us this year?  Well, one of the items will be their new suite, ‘The Five Elements’, plus some Bach, some Vivaldi and some Gypsy Jazz.  Visit  to read more about the trio and their approach to music and then click on the ‘Music’ tab to hear extracts from some of their work, including ‘The Five Elements’.  Once again this promises to be an afternoon to remember, so book your tickets here: .  More about this next month.

Speaking of ‘remembering’, who remembers Hatstand Opera’s last visit to us?  Taking as their starting point the observation that nearly all opera is based on violent death, they proceeded to take us musically through some of the many ways in which this is brought about.  Depressing?  No, hilarious!  Go along to their website at  to see the sort of programme they can create.  This is definitely not your average opera-extracts concert so don’t expect a learnèd dissertation; instead, look forward to great music professionally performed with a strong dose of humour.  Yes, February 20th seems a long way off, but don’t be disappointed – visit and book your tickets now before it’s too late.

Now some gentle reminders:

  • there are no walk-in tickets.  All must be booked in advance through the website: follow either of the two nadsa links above to find and book any concerts from the season’s programme.
  • Face masks must be worn when moving through the building, but are not required whilst seated.
  • To minimise movement, there will be no interval, merely a brief comfort break.
  • CDs are available for sale at most concerts: these are brought by the artists, who do not carry the facility for card sales.  CDs can only be bought on a cash-only basis please, so bring some of the folding stuff.

And finally, an appeal:  can you provide hospitality for one – or more – of our performers?  There is at present a (very) small band of volunteers who look after our visiting artists by providing overnight accommodation and a meal, but it would be good to involve a few more households in this.  Think about it, and if you can help, then make yourself known to June Cocks, who will be found selling CDs.  Or better still, put her mind at rest now and email her at

That’s it for now; have a good Christmas and join us again in January.