Nadsa Newsletter - January 2024

By John Rockey
9 January 2024

Our first concert of 2024 will be on Sunday 21st January at 3pm in the Courtney Centre when we welcome back the “Young and immensely talented” (Musical Opinion magazine) pianist Marco Fatichenti. Recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall London have been well received, as well as performances at Birminghan Symphony Hall, Dublin Concert Hall, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, and he has made a number of Radio and TV broadcasts. Although sought-after as an educator, he still finds time to perform.

Marco Fatichenti

His recent Doctorate from King’s College, London, involved research on early 20th-century performance practices, so it is no surprise that International Piano magazine commented that his performance was “Interesting, perceptive… marrying romantic turbulence with classical order, crafting long-term argument.” Some of Marco’s work may be heard here:

Our programme will include Beethoven’s Five Variations on the theme ‘Rule Britannia’ and his Piano Sonata in D Major, Op 10 No 3; three of Debussy’s Preludes from Book 1; three of Granados’ Spanish Dances; Galante, Oriental, and Andaluza,, and finally Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op 16 – a wonderful range of moods and approaches.

Our last concert was pretty well a sell-out, so don’t delay: book your tickets here, now - and be prepared for a magical afternoon.

Marco’s concert is sponsored by Newton Abbot’s own department store,
to whom we are most grateful.

What else is happening musically hereabouts? The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are well into their winter season at Exeter Great Hall and in the coming weeks they present two programmes: ‘Darkness into Light’ and ‘Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece’ – more information here

Also in Exeter, for the singers among us, the Philharmonic choir are holding a workshop on Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday January 27th at the Mint Methodist Church, details here:

Later, in April (27th and nearer to home!) the Shaldon Singers are also workshopping the Verdi; but more of that next month.

Again close to home, Torbay Singers have a workshop for the Brahms ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ on Saturday 3rd February – details here:

That’s all for this month; happy listening!