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While we are all unable to experience the exhilaration of watching and listening to a musical performance in real life in a concert hall, musicians all over the world have been playing and sharing their music digitally. Bideford Music Club has been receiving regular performances via email from some of the artists who have visited our Club in the past. Until we can all gather together safely again, we will pass on these recitals for you to enjoy; recorded in the musicians' own homes, we can exchange the intimacy of our small venue for the privilege of stepping into their sitting rooms.

Sunday 28th February - 11.30am

Pianist,  Tim Horton, is performing.
 See the Oxford Coffee Concerts website for details

Sunday 20 December - Coffee Concert

Chamber music for Sunday morning comes to you tomorrow, Sunday 20 December, from the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and features one of the Club's favourite pianists, Tom Poster. Along with the fantastic Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective he will play works by George Walker, Amy Beach and Edward Elgar, not to mention a lovely bonus piece by Henry Mancini!

You may not be familiar with this ensemble, but you’ll almost certainly have seen one or more of its members perform you’re a Coffee Concerts regular. The stellar line-up for Sunday’s concert features Savitri Grier (violin), Elena Urioste (violin), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Laura van der Heijden (cello) and the inimitable Tom Poster (piano).

Visit the Oxford Coffee Concerts website for full details and the link to the concert.

Peter Hewitt
Dear Friends,
Here’s my latest piano video – a stunning Etude by Rachmaninov. I recorded it for a live stream recital last week and it’s one of the very difficult piano repertoire pieces. It’s an evocation of a seascape picture… tempestuous, tumultuous and turbulent. Switch up the volume!!


If you haven’t watched the Beethoven Pathétique first movement then you can see that here:


Please do leave a comment under the video and please press subscribe if you haven’t already – both these things really help to promote the music.
With many thanks and all best wishes, Peter Hewitt

Toby White playing the cello
Here is a sample of what we would have heard at our first concert this season on 7 October.
Click on the YouTube ink to hear

Toby White Cello
Toby White

It's time for the second Coffee Concerts performance!

This Sunday, 30 August at 11.15 am, David Adams, violin, and his wife, Alice Neary, cello, will perform works by Bach, Ravel and Halvorsen.
Go to the homepage of the website and click on the appropriate 'Watch' button.
You might also consider making a donation to support the future of these virtual concerts.
Bring your own coffee (and biscuits, if you like) and enjoy an hour of chamber music by professionals.

Peter Hewitt
Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.10 no.3 second movement Largo e mesto played by Peter Hewitt

I haven’t put one of these out for a couple of weeks and I have three more to go including this current one. It’s a very short little Presto movement from the 25th piano sonata. Definitely Beethoven in a good mood! I hope you enjoy…
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.25 in G Op.79

Riyad Nicolas and The Linos Trio are playing in this series:
Concerts in the West
It will be lovely to hear them again

Coffee Concerts from Oxford and how to link to it.

The time has come at last to release the first of our “virtual” Coffee Concerts. Please join us this Sunday morning (August 16, 2020 at 11:15) for a performance of Beethoven and Dvorak quartets from the Adderbury Ensemble. We’d like to extend a huge thank you once again to everyone whose donations have helped make this exciting project a reality.

To view the concert at the appointed time, simply use the “Concert details” button below to visit the home page of our website and click on the appropriate “watch” button. That will take you to our new YouTube channel and enable you to view the performance and “chat” with me online at the same time if you wish. (If you click on “watch” before the date and time of release, you can subscribe to our channel and receive notifications by clicking the YouTube “bell” icon.)

Our website home page also features a link to the concert programme, which you can view, download and/or print from there. At 12:15 on Sunday, after the first transmission of the concert, you are very welcome to join us again on Zoom. We’d love to get your thoughts and feedback in person! (You don’t need to set up a Zoom account to gain access to that meeting. So long as you’re using an Internet-connected device equipped with a microphone and speakers, all you need do is click the link below at around 12:15, open Zoom’s software, enter the meeting passcode, then wait for us to let you in.)
To get the Passcode, email Lorraine Matthews
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This movement is such a curiosity but it’s rather beautiful and expertly composed by Beethoven as always.
But please – could you share this one as much as possible with as many people as you can think of.
Here we have a parody of the Italian style of operatic aria – simple but full of embellishment and certainly not something that you would ever associate with Beethoven.
But he has a go at it and as he’s such a master at everything he turns his hand to…..

I hope you enjoy this – if you haven’t subscribed then please do – I’m trying to get to 100 subscribers! Peter

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.31 No.1 in G 2nd Movement Adagio Grazioso

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