Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts 2021

FOR 2021, ALL LUNCHTIME CONCERT TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE WITH RESERVED SEATING.

We would like to welcome you to the Festival’s lunchtime concerts, continuing our theme of promoting young musicians with connections to the South West.

Lunchtime Concerts

Alex Wilson (Piano)

Saturday 10 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

Alex Wilson is a musician with a passion for the unusual, new and unexplored: a versatile pianist with interests ranging from cutting edge new music to fascinating repertoire by forgotten composers. Alex is a former British Contemporary Piano Competition finalist, Park Lane Group Young Artist and regular performer with BBC NOW and the London Sinfonietta.

Alex’s tour of music by the lost composers of World War One led to a debut solo CD – a recording of works by composer F.S.Kelly – released in June 2020. Alex collaborates regularly with musicians across the south-west and teaches piano at Colyton Grammar School.

Lunchtime Concerts

Ella Leonard (Oboe)

Monday 12 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

Ella is in her first year as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music. She studies oboe with Gareth Hulse and Juliana Koch and is a RCM scholar. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for the past three years having previously been in the National Children’s Orchestra.

In 2019 she was one of the winners of the Two Moors Festival Competition and was also named as the Taunton Young Musician of the Year, performing a concerto as part of her prize. She is delighted to be performing at the Budleigh Salterton Festival.

This concert has been kindly sponsored by Brian and Rowan Turnbull.

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Rachel Stonham (Violin).

Tuesday 13 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

Rachel is an award-winning violinist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Catherine Yates since September 2019, exploring a range of both popular and lesser-known repertoire. Her communicative performance style led to her winning second place in the RNCM Salon Prize in December 2019, playing Roxanna Panufnik’s Hora Bessarabia, and consequently performing at the annual Strings Festival.

She made her concert debut playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2018, and her recent successes include winning the Two Moors Festival Young Musicians’ Platform and the Mid-Somerset Premier Award.

This concert has been kindly sponsored by Sally Muddle.

Lunchtime Concerts

Clara Sherratt (Piano).

Wednesday 14 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

Clara began playing the piano at 6 years old and by 11 had become a prizewinning pianist, including being one of the youngest ever winners of both the Two Moors Festival and the Bristol Festival of Music. Most recently, she was awarded first prize in the prestigious Beethoven Piano Society of Europe intercollegiate competition, where she represented the Royal College of Music.

Clara has performed as a soloist at national and international events at venues including Bristol, Bath, London, Perugia and Mallorca. Clara’s teacher is the distinguished Russian concert pianist Dina Parakhina at the RCM. Previously she was a pupil of Pascal Nemirovski and has attended masterclasses with Ilana Vered, Max Levinson, Fali Pavri and John Thwaite.

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Millfield Recital

Thursday 15 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

The Music School at Millfield is one of the largest in the UK, with world-class facilities. This, combined with outstanding teaching staff, provides exceptional specialist provision for its young musicians, many of whom secure places at conservatoires and on prestigious university courses. Millfield students benefit from a vibrant and extensive concert calendar, featuring over 60 events each year, with performances ranging from solo recitals to large-scale ensemble concerts, and chamber music concerts to concerto festivals.

The Millfield Recital at the Budleigh Music Festival will feature the overall vocal and instrumental winners from the Millfield Musician of the Year competition, whilst also featuring an item from one of the school’s many Chamber Ensembles.

Lunchtime Concerts

Meadow Brooks (Percussion)

Friday 16 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

Meadow is currently studying in her second year at the Royal Academy of Music. From 2015-2019 Meadow was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where she was co-principal for her final two years. She has played many of the major UK concert halls, including performing in The Proms alongside both the NYO and the BBC Concert Orchestra and has performed in both the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André and Young Euro Classic Festival 2019 in Berlin.

She has participated in masterclasses with Dame Evelyn Glennie and members of the Colin Currie Group. Meadow was a percussion finalist in the televised 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and has performed in several Radio 3 concert recordings.

Lunchtime Concerts

Eliza Haskins (Recorder). Toril Azzalini-Machecler (Percussion)

Saturday 17 July at 12.00 St Peter’s Church
All tickets £5

After participating in BBC Young Musician 2020 category finals, and virtual collaboration during the March 2020 lockdown, Eliza Haskins and Toril Azzalini-Machecler again join forces to bring a varied programme of music from Baroque to Contemporary, including some of their own arrangements of jazz and folk music.

Eliza Haskins attends Wells Cathedral School where she has just started her A-levels and Toril Azzalini-Machecler is in his first year at the Royal College of Music studying percussion and composition. This exciting programme - including solos and joint ventures - will showcase the two young performers embracing the breaking of musical boundaries.