Two young virtuosi stars team up for a special concert in Sidmouth

Emmanuel Bach. Picture: Peter Bach

Emmanuel Bach. Picture: Peter Bach - Credit: Archant

Two young virtuosi stars are teaming up for a special concert in Sidmouth.

Joel Munday. Picture: Jonathan Munday

Joel Munday. Picture: Jonathan Munday - Credit: Archant

The very popular Isca Ensemble, under the direction of musical director Roger Hendy, will return to Sidmouth Parish Church, on Saturday, December 22.

The orchestra will be presenting a very special programme for Hospiscare and will be joined by two exceptionally gifted young violinists – Emmanuel Bach from London and Joel Munday from Devon.

Emmanuel has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly.

He won the 2018 Royal Overseas League String Competition and has played concertos including Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Paganini No.1 and Tchaikovsky.

In 2017, he also played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, of the Brahms Concerto and was invited to play as a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto. Emmanuel will be making a welcome return to Devon, having performed in the county on other occasions to high critical acclaim.

Joel, from Tedburn St Mary, has been playing the violin since the age of seven. He was the winner of the Royal College of Music Peter Morrison Concerto Competition in 2017 and currently holds a scholarship for advanced studies at the RCM under Professor Ani Schnarch. He has won other prizes including the Gregynog Young String Player of the Year, in 2018, was the winner of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians’ Platform Competition in 2016 and also the third prize winner at the Whitgift International Music Competition in 2017. He is one of the most promising young artists to emerge from the South West.

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The delightful programme on December 22 is specially chosen for the festival season, centring around no less than three concerti featuring the violinists and consists of extracts from Handel’s Water Music, the Concerto in D minor for two violins by Bach, the Violin Concerto for two violins in A minor by Vivaldi, the Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Mozart’s famous and joyful Jupiter Symphony.

Tickets are available in advance online from and or at Paragon Books, in Sidmouth High Street. Some will also be available at the door from 6.45pm.