nadsa concerts Newsletter - October 2023

By John Rockey
2 October 2023

For our second concert of the season we move from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon at 3pm , taking advantage of the remaining daylight. On 15th October NADSA are pleased to welcome back the Wihan quartet.

With its 40th anniversary only two years away the quartet is well established as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Bohemian music, as well as the wider field of classical, romantic and modern works for string quartet.  They have won many international competitions, and have appeared in concert halls throughout Europe, gathering glowing reviews for their rich and expressive sound.  With such an impressive background it is no surprise that their many recordings have also won universal praise.  We are indeed fortunate to have such an ensemble playing for us in Newton Abbot, and you can read more about them at

In this concert the programme is unashamedly Czech and features Smetena’s 2nd quartet; Dvorak’s ‘Slavonic’ quartet, and Janacek’s 2nd, ‘Intimate Letters’.

If you’ve not already done so, buy your ticket now at  - this is sure to be a sell-out!  £18 each, booked only through the website.  Many of you will of course have season tickets covering all of the six remaining concerts, but if you haven’t yet taken advantage, you can still make a saving.  

Wihan Quartet

Becoming a member of NADSA will cost you £20 for one person or £30 for a couple, and you can then buy tickets for individual concerts for only £15, or a season ticket for £80 per person, £160 for a couple.  A season ticket even now will still save a singleton £8 overall, or a couple will save £26, so a season ticket is well worth considering.  Contact Ineke, our membership secretary, at

We are grateful to Rathbone Investment Management
for their generous sponsorship of this concert.

What else is happening nearby, musically?

The Two Moors Festival begins later in the week, a celebration of music spread across various venues around Dartmoor and Exmoor.  Opening in Exeter on Thursday 5th with the Swingles (and discovering that they’ve been around for nearly 60 years doesn’t make me feel any younger!), the festival moves to Dunsford on Friday for The Jazz Age, a fusion of jazz & classical.  On Saturday morning Alter Ego, clarinet & lute will perform at Lydford, and in the evening there’s a family concert at Ashburton: Babar the Elephant.  At the same time the Maxwell Quartet are at Chagford pairing Scottish folk music with Purcell & Haydn.  Still in Ashburton, on Sunday 8th a Debussy piano recital is accompanied with poems  After that the festival moves to Exmoor, but you can find out more about any or all of these events at

Exeter Cathedral hosts London Concertante on 12th October with an evening of opera arias and overtures,  for more information.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present Eastern Promise, a programme of music by Borodin, Glière and Mozart at the Great Hall on Friday 13th -   They return on 26th with Love and Death, Brahms & Wagner -    and again on November 3rd with Symphonic Space, soundtracks for space movies -

Plymouth Concerts’ venue is Stoke Damerel Church,  and their next concert is on 22nd October when local composer and pianist Marsha Head will play a selection of her pieces.  Then on 5th November the proceeds from the programme of Schubert, Sea and Norwegian songs will help fund Plymouth Music Accord’s educational work.   for more information.

Exeter Philharmonic Choir are at the Cathedral on 4th November Music of the Baroque; Handel, Marcello & Vivaldi -

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra’s next concert is on 18th November at the Cathedral, with Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky - 

That’s it for now, happy listening!
John R