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ABF - The Soldiers' Charity Concert

Saturday 20 June 2015
Exeter Cathedral,
Exeter

ABF - The Soldiers' Charity Concert

The Lark Ascending - Ralph Vaughan Williams (soloist: Tamsin Waley Cohen)

Overture Cockaigne In London Town - Edward Elgar

I Was Glad - Hubert Parry

Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke (soloist: Myles Taylor)

Hear My Prayer - Felix Mendelssohn (soloist: Alison Burnett)

We have, as an orchestra, been very pleased and proud to be involved with major local charities and both Force, and more recently the ABF, have benefitted from our contributions. This June we shall again be in the Cathedral with a wide range of musicians, and the programme will feature an attractive and thoughtful programme of music appropriate to our pride in the amazing efforts our troops put in, and to remember the sacrifices these often involve.

Tamsin Waley Cohen

Soloists include the now well known and 'rising star' violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen who appeared recently in the Cathedral with The Honeymead Ensemble on 16th April.

Described by The Times as a violinist “who held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances” and by The Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to performances with orchestras including the RPO, LPO and BBC orchestras, and conductors including Andrew Litton and Tamas Vasary, she continues her association with Orchestra of the Swan, returning as “Artist in Residence” next season. Performances have taken her across the UK, Europe, to the USA and the Antipodes.
Tamsin’s most recent disc is Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and Violin Concerto in D minor, and her love of chamber music led her to form the Honeymead Ensemble, {resident at the Tricycle Theatre in London}, as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. Many local concertgoers will have heard them here in the Cathedral.
She is also Artistic Director of the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre, for which she was named one of Evening Standards 1000 most influential Londoners and she was Artistic Director of Music at the Bargello Chamber Music Festival in Florence, Italy in 2011-2012.
One of her former violin teachers, the great Ruggiero Ricci, described her as “the most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered.”

Other soloists include the popular locally based soprano soloist Alison Burnett, whose last appearance with ESO was in Canteloube's 'Songs of the Auvergne' in July 2014, and our own first trumpet player, Myles Taylor, in The Trumpet Voluntary.

Music performed will give us time to reflect a love of our country, and enjoy both choral and orchestral music appropriate to the thoughts prevailing for such an event. From Parry's passionate and glorious I Was Glad; the varied and iconic pictures of London in Elgar's Cockaigne; the longing of the dove to fly away in Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer through to that iconic flight of the Lark in Vaughan-William's The Lark Ascending. A real bonus since this wonderful piece has just topped the Classic FM 'Hall of Fame' - the icing on the cake.