Review: Maverick Sabre @ Exeter Phoenix

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

Review: BSO’s Echoes of Home

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

Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Exeter Cavern

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

Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

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

Review: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Having climbed the snowy slope to campus, the brassy warmth of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s presence in the Great Hall was sure to revive the spirits of all who made it there. As were the evening’s three pieces, under the heading of ‘Pastoral Brahms’. Clemens Schuldt was conducting, his second evening with the BSO following his debut the night before. His familiarity with the German Romantic canon was well-suited to the work, with which he displayed a near-frantic excitement throughout. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

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’

Preview: BSO’s ‘Unmistakable Voices’

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra reignites its new year of performances at Exeter Great Hall on Friday, in an evening that should lay the foundations for the work to come. ‘Unmistakeable Voices’ brings to the university works by two of the greatest Romantic composers: Beethoven and Shostakovich. With Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits at the helm, it promises to be another successful night for the BSO, and certainly one to deeply affect its audience. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s ‘Unmistakable Voices’