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Bideford Music Club

Chamber Music on your Doorstep

Affiliated to Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies
Registered Charity 1029657

EVERYONE IS WELCOME


Concerts are held in the Methodist Church Hall
High Street Bideford, EX39 2AN
Doors open 30 minutes before the Concert

Bideford Music Club has been established since 1957 and their concerts have been a prominent feature of the musical life of the town.

The aim of the club is to produce classical music concerts of the highest possible professional standard, engaging young artists of international and national repute. The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and ‘Making Music’ support two of the artists every year, among them in the past, Gerald Moore, Benjamn Luxon, Dennis Matthews, Anthony Hopkins, Leon Goosens, Patricia Rozario and Bobby Chen.

Each year workshops are offered to primary and secondary schools in the area, paid for by the club. Members enjoy social gatherings at the Christmas concert, with Christmas fare, and at the A.G.M. with music and refreshments.

The club is grateful for the support given by:

Bideford Bridge Trust
Bideford Town Council
Braddicks Furnishing
Brend Hotels
Holiday Cottages
Northam Town Council
Sounds Interesting
Viva violins
Brighton Early Music Festival

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Sixty years ago Bideford Music Club was launched by a group of music lovers to bring classical music to this remote part of South West Britain. At first concerts were given by good amateur performers and some professional musicians among whom Osian Ellis, the Dartington String Quartet and Gerald Moore are on record as artists. Nowadays the club offers six concerts annually during the winter months with professional players many of whom have performed all over the world including young musicians who may have won awards that help them to have concert experience - the stars of the future.

This special year musicians who have performed at the club before and who were particularly popular have been invited to return and the first concert will be on October 4th with Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir and her piano accompanist Irina Andrievsky. After her last performance for the club Joo Yeon won the prestigious Arts Club Karl Jenkins Award and he has written two works for her: Lament for the Valley (which became part of his choral work Cantata Memoria for the children of Aberfan) and Chatterbox, both of which she will be performing.

Tom Poster gives the November 8th concert. He is an internationally recognised pianist and features regularly on BBC Radio and Television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms as well as at worldwide festivals. He has won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition and the keyboard sections of the Royal Overseas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year competitions.
The Christmas concert will be given by the Agnew McAllister Duo, which is recognised as one of the leading international flute and guitar duos. Irish flautist Aisling Agnew and Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister have performed worldwide since their first concert together and are known for deeply engaging performances, imaginative programming and consummate artistry.

Concerts in January and February will be on Sunday afternoons. Young baritone Nicholas Morton will give the first on January 7th with pianist Ian Tindale. Nicholas completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School with distinction. He has performed at several top London venues and in numerous oratorio engagements, has an extensive repertoire of sacred and secular works and has played many roles on the operatic stage.

Harpist Claire Jones will give the February concert on Sunday afternoon, the 4th. She graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2007 and was appointed Official Harpist to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a role she held until 2011. She regularly played for the Royal Family and their guests and in April 2011 performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their wedding reception.

The Martinu Piano Trio was formed at the Prague Conservatoire in 1990 and their line-up has remained unchanged since 1993. Since their formation the Trio have appeared at festivals and venues in many countries. Their concert is on March 7th.