Concerts in the West 15th season

THE 2020 series of Concerts in the West marks the 15th anniversary of the music charity that brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, from 17th January to 7th November 2020.

There are three new venues in addition to the regular performance spaces, Bridport and Ilminster Arts Centres and Crewkerne Dance Centre and occasional concerts at Uplyme Church and St Roch Church at Pendomer near Yeovil. In 2020 the series of ten tours of classical and baroque chamber musicwill include St Laurence Church in Upwey, and the Regal Theatre and Methodist Church in The Avenue in Minehead.

The programme includes both new ensembles and soloists as well as musicians who will be familiar faces to Concerts in the West audiences.

As 2020 is a celebratory year, the charity’s founder and director Catherine Maddocks has invited a number of previous performers – although quite a few of these had also asked to come back, as they enjoy the Concerts in the West experience so much!

Concerts in the West aims to bring talented young musicians to small venues in areas of the West Country that may not have easy access to concert music of an exceptionally high standard. The enthusiasm and skill of these artists has come about through many years of study (at least to postgraduate level), as well as dedication and hard work.

The tours are arranged for the musicians over a few days, allowing them the opportunity to work on new repertoire, or to embed works more fully for upcoming recordings and major concerts elsewhere.

Concert details can be found on the individual tour pages and booking details for the concerts can be found on the booking/venue information page of the website:

The season opens on 17th and 18th January with Andrew Marriner (clarinet), Alasdair Beatson (piano) and Michael Petrov (cello) playing fund-raising concerts in Bridport, Ilminster and Crewkerne in aid of Concerts in the West.

Other performers during the year will include Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), John Reid (piano) and William Lindley (artist) in February, Nicholas McCarthy (piano) in March, Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin), Stephen Upshaw (viola) and Sam Armstrong (piano) in April, Trio Klein in May, Ferio Saxophone Quartet in June, Creating Carmen in July, Eblana String Trio in September, Savitri Grier (violin) and Richard Uttley (piano) in October and Linos Piano Trio in November.