New venues for Concerts in the West

THE June series of Concerts in the West, featuring Moriarty Winds, includes two new venues, Uplyme Church near Lyme Regis, on Thursday 13th June, and St Roch Church at Pendomer near Yeovil on Saturday 15th, both at 7.30pm.

In between, on Friday 14th, the accomplished young ensemble will be at Bridport Arts Centre for the usual coffee concert and at the Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC) at Taunton at 7.30pm.

Named after Sherlock Holmes’ infamous adversary Professor Moriarty, the Moriarty Winds is a group of energetic young musicians who have performed together since September 2015 with the common aim of playing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire in characterful and accessible ways.

For Concerts in the West, the ensemble, Anna Kondrashina, flute, Amy Roberts, oboe, Matthew Wilsher, clarinet, and Angharad Thomas, bassoon, and Joel Roberts, French horn, will be playing works by Reicha, Orlando Gibbons, Debussy, Hindemith and Samuel Barber.

The group met as postgraduate students at the Royal Academy of Music, where they were Chamber Fellows, but individually they have won many awards and perform with the major UK orchestras at concerts and festivals in the London area and beyond.

Recent highlights include performances in the Investec International Festival, Royal Academy of Music Chamber Music Series, and Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series. They are also a resident ensemble in the Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Series.

All members of the ensemble are currently pursuing careers in solo and ensemble performance and they have a wide combined orchestral experience including the European Youth Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Founder and director of Concerts in the West, Catherine Hodgson, said: “This is the first wind quintet to join the Concerts in the West roster and we look forward to welcoming them. We hope our audiences enjoy the excellent programme that these outstanding young performers have put together. ”

The programme is: Orlando Gibbons, I feign not friendship where I hate; Anton Reicha, wind quintet No 2 in Eb major, Op 88; Debussy, Petite Suite; Samuel Barber, Summer Music Op 31; Hindemith, Kleine Kammermusik No 2, Op 24.