Evening Concerts 2019

Concert Admission Times
Doors open at 7.00pm.

Festival Friends have early access at 6.50pm on production of a membership card. The only exception to this is Devon Opera on Saturday 20th which starts half an hour earlier at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. (see below)

The Festival programme is correct at time of publication.


Soloists of the 12 Ensemble

Friday 12th July at 7.30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Church

String Quintet in C, D 956Schubert
Sextet, Op. 70, ‘Souvenir de Florence’Tchaikovsky

The 12 Ensemble has developed a reputation across Europe as one of the UK’s leading string orchestras, always performing without a conductor. Founded in 2012, their youthful energy and passion for chamber music is at the heart of their music-making. Coming to the 2016 Budleigh Music Festival for the first time as an Octet, they now return as a Sextet to perform two masterworks of the chamber repertoire.

‘Polished readings…with rapt expressiveness.’ (Sunday Times)

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Saturday 13th July at 7.30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Church

A mixed programme of sacred and secular music, including music by Tallis, Victoria, Britten, Chilcott, Sandström and Marshall.
Sansara is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. The choir works as a vocal ensemble without a single director or conductor, and has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire. Their debut album ‘Cloths of Heaven’ received critical acclaim.

‘Sansara slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional performers.’ (Choir & Organ)

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Pleyel Ensemble

Monday 15th July at 7.30 p.m.
Temple Methodist Church

Piano Trio in E flat (‘Notturno’) D 897 Schubert
Sonata a Deux in G, Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Piano Quintet in E flat minor, Op. 87 Hummel
Quintet for piano and strings (‘Trout’) D 667 Schubert

The Pleyel Ensemble brings together some of the UK’s leading instrumentalists with a passion for chamber music past and present. As a flexible ensemble they can offer a variety of combinations. They have previously come to the Budleigh Music Festival as a wind quintet (2014) and as a piano/wind sextet (2016). This time they present a programme for the more unusual combination of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano, featuring Schubert’s much-loved Trout Quintet.

Recent audience comments: ‘I was in heaven.’ ‘A privilege to be present.’

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The Festival Orchestra

Tuesday 16th July at 7.30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Church

Leader, Paul Mathews
Conductor, Nicholas Marshall
Oboe, Richard Simpson

Overture: Don Giovanni, K. 527
Oboe Concerto, K. 314
Haffner Symphony, K. 385
Divertimento in D, K. 136
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543

This concert celebrates the genius of Mozart in a programme reflecting various stages of his career, from the youthful Divertimento K.136 to the late Symphony K.543, one of the great trilogy of symphonies he wrote in the summer of 1788, a few years before his death. Richard Simpson is well known as the principal oboe player of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as a widely experienced concerto soloist and chamber musician.

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Sitkovetsky Trio

Wednesday 17th July at 7.30 p.m.
Temple Methodist Church

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Isang Enders, cello
Wu Qian, piano

Piano Trio No. 7 Op. 97, (‘Archduke’)Beethoven
Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 92Saint-Saëns

The Sitkovetsky Trio has appeared in many of the foremost concert halls around the world, their thoughtful, committed performances bringing them critical acclaim. Their 2017/18 season included appearances at the Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival and Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, as well as extensive tours of Latin America and Asia.

Wu Qian is a familiar artist in the Festival, having given solo recitals in 2005 (the first Budleigh Music Festival), in 2007, and again in 2013 with Alexander Sitkovetsky.

‘Their performance was reminiscent of the Beaux Arts Trio in their heyday.’ (Independent)

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Martin James Bartlett - Piano

Thursday 18th July at 7.30 p.m.
Temple Methodist Church

Programme to include works by Liszt, Granados, Scriabin and Mozart.

Martin James Bartlett came into prominence when he won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014, since when he has performed with orchestras including the Tokyo, Bournemouth, BBC Scottish, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony Orchestras. In the 2018 Proms he was one of the soloists of Young Musician finalists. Martin gave a memorable début recital in the 2017 Budleigh Music Festival and makes a welcome return.

‘Martin James Bartlett brought maximum feeling to the music and played with astonishing delicacy and punch.’ (Daily Telegraph)

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Elias Quartet

Friday 19th July at 7.30 p.m.
Temple Methodist Church

String Quartet Op. 33, No.5Haydn
String Quartet No. 2Hindson
String Quartet Op. 131Beethoven

The Elias Quartet have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. The quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music, and the players also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet.

The quartet was chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ scheme, and was also a recipient of the 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They have given performances in some of the world’s most prestigious chamber-music venues.

‘Marvellous playing…poetic, charismatic, virtuosic.’ (Sunday Telegraph)

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Devon Opera

Saturday 20th July at 7.00 p.m.
Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

Festival Friends have early access at 6.20 p.m. on production of a membership card. Please note earlier starting time.
St. Peter’s Church

Così fan TutteMozart

A fresh and vibrant retelling of this much-loved comic opera by Mozart. Sung in Italian with surtitles, this semi-staged production is performed by a cast of six stunning young professional singers with piano accompaniment. Follow the story of the ‘school for lovers’, as two couples are manipulated and confused by trusted people – a friend and an assistant. This witty and compassionate examination of young love is full of both pathos and humour.

Devon Opera, a registered charity, is the only professional opera company based in the beautiful county of Devon. ​It offers a programme of intimate and affordable performances, presenting some of the finest young emerging international talent. 

Photograph courtesy of Graham Eteson.

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