“Why should the devil have all the best tunes?” asked Methodist preacher George Whitefield in 1774. But did the devil ever? And does he still? As conservative and dated as ‘religious art’ might seem in the West (where religious practices have been somewhat marred by schisms, crusades, inquisitions, Nietzsche, existentialism, and that ever-pesky science), I think the paganity to which Whitefield referred has less of a cloven-hoofed power-stance over the arts than the reality of the situation might suggest. Not only were many of the modern antecedents and influences of contemporary Western artists religious, but a great number of today’s practitioners remain resolutely Christian in their outlook.
Maverick Sabre played to a nearly sold out crowd at the Exeter Phoenix on Friday night and delighted his large, passionate fan-base with a mix of brand new spring releases and older hits.
OLIVIA, a London-based, up-and-coming, indie singer-songwriter, played a half-hour set to open the evening. Her pop-come-R&B sound and youthful, honest lyrics garnered the full attention and engagement of the growing audience throughout her set. Her recent single ‘Reason to Stay’ can be found on Spotify and has enjoyed significant success in the independent music scene. But it sounds even better live, its lighthearted lyrics and playful rhythms creating an intimate, relaxed atmosphere and winning over Exeter’s crowd, just as it has won the singer an online following. Continue reading Review: Maverick Sabre @ Exeter Phoenix
Exeter University’s campus was buzzing with life on Thursday evening, as fans of classical music descended on the Great Hall for another night of entertainment provided by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For the final instalment of their 2018/19 concert season, an iconic programme of music by Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius was on the cards and the BSO did not disappoint, performing with unwavering precision and charisma. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, acoustic folk singer songwriter, performed at Exeter Cavern last Saturday, an artist who conjures a distinct sound in others’ heads: fingerpicked guitar, hushed-almost-wispy vocals, and melancholy lyrics. Despite the wispiness of his vocals, they were enough to consume the underground of Exeter Cavern; enough so for Leftwich to even step away from the microphone at times. Continue reading Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Exeter Cavern
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to Exeter’s Great Hall on Thursday evening for the final instalment of their 18/19 concert season. This time performing ‘Echoes of Home’, the works of Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius will be brought to life by this world-class orchestra, under the direction of guest-conductor Jamie Phillips. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home
Lively, thrilling, and spectacular, Exeter University’s musical theatre show choir ‘Spotlights’ successfully revived everyone’s love of musicals in their performance of ‘A Night at the Musicals’ last night. Following on from their sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, this high energy show is back with a new choir and a new set list. This group of talented performers really did make the room … Continue reading Review: Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals
Theatre with Teeth took over the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 21st February for a night that promised music, comedy, spoken word and theatre – a showcase of Exeter’s talent. Auditions happened weeks ago and the successful performers represented the best that Exeter could offer. The evening did not disappoint in all that it promised. Priced at an ambitious but justified £10 per ticket, the evening was jam-packed with touching, funny, punchy and eclectic performances in all spheres of the arts. The evening was split between the auditorium, for performances with larger numbers, more sound technology and anticipating larger audiences, and the workshop, a small, brick-walled room with the feel of an underground Soho jazz bar. However, the audience numbers were equal, with people moving around the venue and piling up at the door of the workshop to get a glimpse.
Continue reading Review: Theatre with Teeth’s Jawbreaker Variety Night