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BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’

Music has a remarkable power for uniting people. Whether it’s club-goers getting down to drum and bass, musical-theatre lovers belting out show tunes or a bunch of ‘rusty’ and ‘not so rusty’ musicians coming together to play Sibelius’s Second Symphony. Continue reading BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’

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Review: Lights! Planets! People! @ Exeter Phoenix

Molly Naylor’s play Lights! Planets! People!, which premiered at the Exeter Phoenix last night, weaves together the titular words in a surprising but congruent way in the character of Maggie Hill, a sixty-year old, gay, bipolar, space scientist. As Maggie (Karen Hill) tackles issues in both her work and personal life, the audience were gripped by Maggie’s progress towards greater self-realisation and acceptance. Continue reading Review: Lights! Planets! People! @ Exeter Phoenix

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Interview: Molly Naylor, Writer and Director of ‘Lights!Planets!People!’

Lights! Planets! People!, written by Molly Naylor and performed by Karen Hill, begins its tour this weekend, commencing with a performance at the Exeter Phoenix. This one-woman play tells the story of gay, bipolar, space scientist Maggie Hill through the narratives of a lecture Maggie is giving young women about her career in science, her first therapy session, and her failed attempts to contact her ex-girlfriend. Continue reading Interview: Molly Naylor, Writer and Director of ‘Lights!Planets!People!’

Review: Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ @ Exeter Northcott

The Yeomen of the Guard, presented by Exeter University’s Gilbert and Sullivan society, is the final of three student productions at the Northcott theatre this January, following EUTCo’s Lord of the Flies and Footlights’ Oklahoma!. The plot is centred around the Colonel Fairfax (George Protts), who is wrongly accused of sorcery and sentenced to death. In an attempt to preserve his estate, he secretly weds a strolling singer, Elsie Maynard (Hannah Timson), only to miraculously survive. What ensues is a Shakespearean-style comedy of mistaken identities, enhanced by operatic song and traditional dance. Continue reading Review: Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ @ Exeter Northcott

Preview: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Thursday marks another return to Exeter by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This time they bring three tightly linked, 19th-century, central European pieces; a departure from their more disparate juxtapositions recently performed this season. Clemens Schuldt, who has worked in the past with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, will be conducting, ‘Pastoral Brahms’. Soloing is violinist Baiba Skride, whose list of personal awards, almost entirely first prizes at international festivals, is truly remarkable. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Review: Footlights’ ‘Oklahoma!’ @ Exeter Northcott

Footlights captured the hearts of their audience as their outstanding performance of ‘Oklahoma!’ took over the Northcott theatre in a whirlwind of excitement and bustle on Wednesday afternoon. With over 100 students involved in the cast, band and production team combined, this is Exeter University’s largest theatre production of the year. All their effort in perfecting every minor detail of this show certainly paid off and is absolutely something they should all be proud of.

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Review: BSO’s ‘Unmistakeable Voices’

Friday’s concert, ‘Unmistakeable Voices’, saw Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra give two magnificent performances, in a clear demonstration of the capabilities of everyone involved. From Beethoven to Shostakovich, and with an intervening encore on the part of violin soloist Augustin Hadelich, the evening proved not only to be expertly played, but decidedly engaging in its informality. It was perhaps Hadelich himself who, from first walking on to the stage in Exeter University’s Great Hall, seemed to emanate a casualness to be appreciated by any audience of classical music, and which perfectly aligned with the general accessibility of the BSO’s work. Continue reading Review: BSO’s ‘Unmistakeable Voices’