Matthew Wright, a Lancastrian by birth, has lived for many years in Devon, playing music, teaching and writing books. He was a scholar and chorister of St John’s College, Oxford, and was awarded piano diplomas by the Associated Board and Trinity College of Music. He is Assistant Organist of St Margaret’s Church, Topsham, and accompanist to the Exeter Singers; he has also been Organist to the Clerkes of St Giles, pianist in the Confederates Jazz Band, a member of the Laudian Singers of London and Capella Festiva of Poughkeepsie, and accompanist to Exeter University Choral Society, Exeter Chorale and many other musicians.
Tony Yates, despite being ‘busy, busy, busy’, has kindly agreed to let his St Margaret’s Choir loose to sing many of the choir’s favourites, including If ye love me - Tallis; For the beauty of the earth - Rutter; Do not be afraid - Stopford; Jesu, Joy - Bach; Ave Verum - Mozart; God be in my head - Walford Davies. For those who love church choral music, this is a ‘must’.
• Choral Fanfare: Gloria in excelsis Deo: - Martin Shaw • sing joyfully: - Adrian Batten • If ye love me: - Thomas Tallis • For the beauty of the earth: - John Rutter • Let us with a gladsome mind: - Alan Ridout • Do not be afraid: - Philip Stopford • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring: - J.S.Bach • Ave verum corpus: - Mozart • Mag & Nunc, “The Topsham Service”: - Andrew Millington • Thou visitest the earth: - Maurice Greene • God be in my head: - H. Walford Davies
The concert will include music by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla. Garde.
Phil Bonser - Clarinet
Phil read music at King's College, London from 1990-1993, studying clarinet with Angela Malsbury at The Royal Academy of Music. After 2 years as a primary school teacher in London he escaped to the world of corporate IT working first for M&S then Debenhams. In 2009 he set up his own business - The Friendly Computer Man. Musically, Phil has continued to teach and play since graduating from King's. Since 2016 he has been playing a 8-flat Clarinet made by Peter Eaton. He performs regularly with Quorum and gives frequent concerts around Devon with pianists Dorothy Raven, Margaret Chave and David Davies.
Dorothy Raven - Piano
Dorothy has been involved with choirs and church music all her life. She trained at The Royal Academy of Music in London and is a graduate of the Royal School of Music where she studied piano, cello and organ. A year at London University led to teaching in secondary schools particularly choirs and orchestras. She was, for some years, conductor of the Buckingham and District Choral Society as well as music director at the church of St Peter' and Paul in Buckingham and then in St Andrew's church in Hertford. In Hertford she accompanied the Choral Society for several years. She is married to Tony Raven who is also a pianist and organist.
"Chris Bebbington is a pianist based in Exmouth. He has played extensively in Europe, toured the Middle East and closer to home he has played in most of the biggest concert halls in the UK including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Macmillan Theatre in Bridgwater, the Wedgewood Rooms on the Albert Road and the Royal Albert Hall in London. His recital programmes encompass a range of styles because of his inability to focus. So, expect some classical music, some jazz and some of his own compositions.
When Chris isn’t playing the piano he spends time with his family undermining the excellent example that his other half, Vicky, sets for their daughter, Myla."
• 3rd Movement from Vivaldi's Summer - arr. C Bebbington • A Tribute to Chick Corea - arr. C Bebbington • Águas de Março - Jobim • Fantaisie Impromptu - Chopin • Selection from 'Hiawatha' - C Bebbington