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Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm in St. Mary's Church, Totnes

Liam Byrne (viol) and Arngeir Hauksson (lute

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Sound Out My Voice

A celebration of the diverse and imaginative ways instrumentalists made their music in the 16th and 17th centuries. From the sublime counterpoint of the Flemish masters to the virtuosic fireworks of the viola bastarda repertoire, Liam & Arngeir breathe new life into rarely heard early works, as well as creating a few instrumental reinventions of their own. Liam was a member of Fretwork for several years, and gave us a memorable concert with Lynda Sayce in 2012. Arngeir specialises in authentic plucked instruments and has played with many of the principal early music ensembles and English opera companies.

Tickets for non-members £12, students & under 18s £5

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Saturday 18th October at 7.30pm in St. Mary's Church

Musica Domestica

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The Enlightened Music Maker

In the first half of the eighteenth century, a quiet social revolution took place.  No longer were artistic matters solely in the hands of a few wealthy families: the rise of the talented middle classes created a demand for printed music that saw publishing increase exponentially. Tonight’s programme presents music that was written specifically for this, including works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and John Stanley. Soprano Kate Semmens is joined by Steven Devine (harpsichord), Matt Truscott (violin) and Becky Truscott (cello), all members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Tickets for non members £12, students & under 18s £5

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In association with The Arts at Dartington

Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm in St. Mary's Church

Ensemble Meridiana

Les Voyages de l'Amour

Winners of three international competitions including Magdeburg's Telemann Competition, and the York Young Artists Competition. the highly accomplished Ensemble Meridiana takes us on a journey to baroque France, where love is in the air. Music by Michel Corrette, Jean-Féry Rebel and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier will illustrate. "the arrival of the elementary spirits", "the enchanted lovers" and "the womens pleasures" as the versatile players of Ensemble Meridiana present a colourful palette of different instrument combinations. Thus a coup de foudre (love at first sight) here or there might be inevitable.

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Tickets for non-members £12, students & under 18s £5

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Friday 30th January at 7.30pm in the United Free Church, Fore Street

Emily & Hazel Askew

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Of all the Birds!

Love and loss, thieves and murder - Emily and Hazel celebrate English 16th and 17th century street ballads, interspersed with court and country dances. Printing presses made topical songs widely available for the first time and the concert will feature music from Broadside Ballads, Fitzwilliam Virginal book, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Playford and the Henry VIII manuscripts, played on harp, fiddle, recorders, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, percussion with voices. Emily and Hazel are versatile folk as well as early music performers , and were last here with The Artisans in 2011.

Tickets for non-members £10, students & under 18s £5

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Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church

Angela East

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Bach Suites for Cello

Many will remember Angela’s previous visit in 2011 when she performed three of Bach’s momentous cello suites. This recital will include both the much-loved suite no. 1 in G major and the towering Suite No 5 in C minor that uses scordatura (A string tuned to G) which Angela describes as having a massive fugue,  a sarabande of intense and pious spirit and a gigue that evaporates. A former co-principal cello with the English Baroque Soloists, Angela has given several hundred concerts with Red Priest, and has played on more than 200 CDs.

Tickets for non-members £12, students & under 18s £5

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In association with The Arts at Dartington

Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm in The Great Hall, Dartington

Robin Blaze & Elizabeth Kenny

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'Tis Nature's Voice:
solo song in seventeenth century England

The inspiration of singing in seventeenth century England, Dowland's First Book of Ayres in 1597 marked the arrival in print of a new performance ideal: a solo voice and one instrument, as the compelling way to move the heart and soul in everything from love lyrics to deepest darkness and theatre-inspired virtuosity.  Internationally recognised counter-tenor Robin Blaze takes on the lute song repertory from Dowland through to the glories of Henry Purcell, accompanied by Elizabeth Kenny on lute and theorbo. We are hugely grateful to one of our members for making this concert possible.

Tickets for non-members £15, students & under 18s £5

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Membership of TEMS costs £48 for individuals and £90 for couples and families, giving free admission to all six concerts  and providing a saving of at least one third on full price tickets. See the Membership page for more information.

Tickets for each individual concert are available for non-TEMS members  in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 and online at www.dartington.org/arts. Tickets may also be purchased on the door (subject to availability).

Saturday 13th September

Liam Byrne & Arngeir Hauksson

St. Mary's Church

Saturday 18th October

Musica Domestica

St. Mary's Church

Saturday 8th November

Ensemble Meridiana

St. Mary's Church

Friday 30th January

Emily & Hazel Askew

United Free Church

Saturday 7th March

Angela East

St. Mary's Church

Saturday 18th April

Robin Blaze & Elizabeth Kenny

The Great Hall, Dartington

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