The debut performance by a new string quartet will take place at Newton’s Place on Sunday 22nd April.
Aoede, named after the Greek muse of voice and song, has been formed by a group of like-minded professional musicians including cellist Tirke Linnemann who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music before joining the Halle Orchestra. She will be joined on stage by violinist Goska Kosmaczewska who trained in Krakow, Vienna and Dartington College of Arts. Fellow Dartington graduates Melanie Scullion and Nicola Smith complete the line-up with all four players in great demand throughout the South West and beyond.
The 'Colours of Spring' concert will feature an uplifting and diverse programme of music.
Entry will be free but donations in support of Newton’s Place are being encouraged.
‘The music will be light and easy to listen to, a wide variety of classical such as Bach and Handel to tangos and modern pieces that people will know and love,’ said Tirke Linnemann. ‘The idea is that it’s spring, people are sighing with relief after all the snow and we want to offer a Sunday afternoon with a bit of light listening.
‘One piece that people might not know however, Impromptu numbers five and six by Sibelius, is just amazing and in the setting of the former church the atmosphere it will create will have the hairs standing on the back of people’s necks, it’s magic.’
Other works in the hour-long performance will include the first movement of Mozart’s Divertimento in F major, Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm and Handel’s Queen of Sheba.
Concert-goers are being encouraged to wear spring colours and enjoy free refreshments during the interval.
‘We’re thrilled to have Aoede playing for us at Newton’s Place,’ said project champion Cllr Mike Ryan. ‘For these top-flight musicians to have offered their services free is a fantastic gesture and we’re honoured to provide the venue for their debut performance. This is going to be a great afternoon and although the former church is yet to be renovated I know the atmosphere will be fantastic.’
Doors open at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Call 01626 201120 to reserve your tickets.