The Sidmouth Music concerts continue with a recital by two young artists sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

The Trust was established in 1958 by the Countess, herself a keen musician, who wished to help young musicians. Her legacy continues that work today, the principal artist appearing in Sidmouth Parish Church on Saturday, 18th November, being one of the beneficiaries.

Oboist Hannah Condliffe is principal oboist with English Touring Opera, with the Trust helping promote her solo career. She will be accompanied by Mark Rogers, a prize winning American pianist specialising in vocal and chamber music.

Their programme will display their talents collectively and individually. Pieces for solo oboe will include Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Hannah will play three of the Classsics inspired vignettes: ‘Pan’, a portrait of the goat-god; ‘Phaeton’, the mortal son of Helios; and ‘Bacchus’, the god of wine. Later she will play more Britten, his Two Insect Pieces, portraying ‘The Grasshopper’ and ‘The Wasp’.

Mark will perform a selection of Preludes by Debussy starting with two pieces from Book 2: ‘Feuilles Mortes’, a melancholy winter portrayal, and La Puerta del Vino, inspired by the Gate of Wine at the Alhambra palace. Later he will play three pieces from Book 1: ‘Des Pas sur la Neige’, a wintry scene broken by the footsteps in the snow; ‘La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin’, the best known of all the preludes portraying a girl with flaxen hair; and finally ‘La Cathedrale Engloutie’ picturing the legend of the sunken cathedral rising above the lake.

The main pieces feature both players. Saint-Saëns’ sonata for oboe in D is the first of three such that he composed in his last year of life. Then comes an instrumental arrangement of Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘Deep River’. The concert closer will be Poulenc’s Sonata opus 185, composed only in 1962 it too is one of his last works, dedicated to the memory of Prokofiev.

Tickets are available online, at Paragon Books in town, or on the door., with any enquiries to 01395 597454.