Baroque rising star on local tour

CONCERTS in the West brings an acclaimed baroque violinist and two musician friends to Devon, Dorset and Somerset from 14th to 16th March.

Sara Deborah and friends begin the series at Wellhayes Vineyard at Clayhanger, Devon, on Thursday 14th, followed by a coffee concert at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 15th, an evening concert at Ilminster Arts Centre, and a concert on Saturday at the Creative Innovation Centre at Taunton.

Sara Deborah Timossi, who will be playing with Lucy Scotchmer, cello, and Johan Löfving, theorbo, is recognised as a rising star of the baroque music scene. Her playing has been compared to the “instrumental voice of an angel.”

As well as running her own annual Spirit of Music Festival in Hampshire, Sara Deborah regularly works with early music groups including Florilegium, La Serenissima, The Sixteen, Dunedin Concert, Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her many awards include the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2017 Premio Bonporti International Baroque Violin Competition in Rovereto, Italy.

Chamber music has always been at the heart of Sara’s musical activities and she has a regular recital schedule in partnership with her husband Alessandro Timossi, performing at venues and festivals in England, Germany and Italy.

Catherine Maddocks, director of Concerts in the West, said: “Sara returns to Concerts in the West this season having performed for us in 2009 and 2012, so she is already a firm favourite with our audiences. For those who don’t know Sara Deborah, she is a wonderfully versatile award winning musician and violinist.

“The combination of Sara with Lucy Scotchmer and Johan Löfving, is a tremendously exciting prospect – they are each supremely talented young musicians in their own right.”

Their programme for the series includes Biber’s Sonata No 1 in A, Boismoitier’s Trio Sonata, Abel’s Trio Sonata, Tartini’s Sonata “Didone Abbandonata”, Kapsberger’s Canario for solo theorbo, the Porro/Mozart Grand Trio and Giuliani’s Serenade in A major.