New Sidmouth Music season

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As days shorten and the weather changes, it prompts thoughts of autumnal activities and getting ready for the concert season to come, writes Stephen Huyshe-Shires.

Sidmouth Concert Society aims to help you do just that by mounting its annual exhibition in the town library.

The display of posters and leaflets runs from tomorrow (Saturday, September 5) through to Friday, September 18, and gives full information about the series of concerts taking place under the banner of ‘Sidmouth Music’.

Opening the season in Knowle’s council chamber in October is star pianist from Sarajevo, Ivana Gavric. She impressed her audience in Sidmouth in 2012 with a programme of Janacek, Schubert, Ravel and Grieg. This time, she will play more Grieg and Schubert, but varies the theme with Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Last season, Clare Hammond was the solo pianist who impressed beyond expectations, and she returns in November with two highly-rated fellow chamber musicians in a newly formed piano trio to play Beethoven, Martinu and Dvorak.

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To bring 2015 to a close, the society has found the winner of this year’s National Mozart Competition, soprano Raphaela Papadakis, to sing a sublime mixture of lieder and song, alongside her regular piano accompanist James Sherlock. One of the highlights is bound to be Schubert’s incomparable Ave, Maria.

January’s concert is given to two young artists sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Ugne Tiskute and Alexandra Vaduva come highly recommended and will provide a programme of viola and piano music to open the new year.

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Prize winners at the Osaka and Hamburg international chamber competitions and now ranked as one of Europe’s finest string quartets, the Cavaleri Quartet appear in the Manor Pavilion Theatre in February to play quartets by Webern and Szymanowski and finish with Beethoven’s mighty 15th quartet.

The season closes in March, as it started, with a piano recital.

Now performing widely on the international stage, rising star Mario Mora will play music from his native Spain, including works by Albeniz and Granados.

Full details are available in the library, or can be seen on line at

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