October events


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messychurchgreenSaturday 18th October  from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
Theme this time is Saints and Sausages.
Messy Church is held monthly and is for Primary school children and their parents or carers. There are craft activities, a short act of child-centred worship and a meal together.
• Messy Church is FREE but donations towards craft materials and food are welcome!
galleries of photographs from a past Messy Church are here
• enquiries please email Diana Lusher or telephone her on 01803 840702


musicadomesticaSaturday 18th October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
MUSICA DOMESTICA
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
• biographies and more programme details are here


NEW: Thursday 23rd October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Classical Guitar Concert with
ALISON SMITH
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The highly acclaimed Plymouth born classical guitarist Alison Smith has been described as one of the most exciting and lyrical guitarists to emerge in recent years. She delights audiences with her fluid technique and expressive playing, performing nationwide and abroad. Engagements have included the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, St Martin in the Fields and The Ards International Guitar Festival, Belfast.
She has played seven times at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain where she received great critical acclaim. She will be performing again at this year’s festival in the Wirral during November. Her CD Album titled Recuerdos has been highly successful and she has recently released her new Album, Incandescent.
Alison has  just signed a contract with Launch Music International for both CDs to be taken on for physical and digital distribution worldwide. Alison studied at Trinity College of Music London, graduated with honours and was awarded a college scholarship for post graduate study. She gained a distinction in the Post-Graduate Performance Certificate in 1997.
From 2002 to April 2008 Alison was a guitar tutor and chamber music coach in both the Senior and Junior Departments of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, recently renamed Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Do not miss the opportunity to hear this international guitarist perform an exciting and appealing programme including music from her latest CD. Composers will include: Bach, Giuliani, Mertz, Ryan, Tarrega, Albeniz, Piazzolla, Lovelady & Cottam.

“enthralling……demonstrated sheer virtuosity…..superb technique and sensitivity”…….a master class of classical guitar played with friendly charm and sublime expertise”  – International Guitar Festival of Great Britain
“ the audience broke into tumultuous applause and gave another standing ovation to the young guitarist who had played her way into their hearts” – Nortorfer Zeitung Germany 2012 (Trans Fiona Bubbers)
“The audience was spellbound by her sensitive playing” – Kieler Nachrichten Tues 17th July 2012 / Werner Bodendorff (Trans Fiona Bubbers)
“Lovely hypnotic playing” – Iain Anderson BBC Scotland

• tickets £9 available on the door or via www.wegottickets.com
• Alison Smith’s website
• download the printable poster

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