Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Shaldon Festival 2024

Sunday 16th June 3pm
Introducing a new event for 2024 – a free, afternoon family concert in the Victoria Hall, Bridge Road Shaldon.

‘Travelling by Tuba’ Stewart Death, piano & Chris Cranham, tuba

‘Travelling by Tuba’ Round the World in 60 minutes
A fascinating voyage through the weird and wonderful world of the tuba. Discover instruments ancient and modern, Swiss Alpine Horns, Roman Cornu, Chinese dragon headed trumpets plus many more…..Music from classical to jazz, Africa to Hungary, plenty of audience participation. Watch out for a Can Can dancing tubist and an exploding tuba!! An unforgettable performance with something for everyone. Travelling by Tuba is a unique group who perform stunning innovative programmes.

“…..have mastered taking groups of children from rip-roaring laughter to solemn concentration”
Classical Music Magazine

“It was a quality show…..their methods of dealing with a hall full of children are excellent”
Times Educational Supplement

Alis Huws and Carys Gittins

Wednesday 19th June 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Shaldon
Alis Huws, harp and Carys Gittins, flute

Award winning flute and harp duo – Alis Huws (Official Royal Harpist) and Carys Gittins (National Eisteddfod Blue Ribband winner 2018) both originally from mid Wales have a growing reputation for engaging audiences of all ages. They have a strong belief in presenting contemporary music in an accessible way and always strive to demonstrate a different side to their instruments.

Alis regularly performs internationally, having toured to Japan, Europe, the US and Hong Kong, as well as music festivals all over the UK. Both she and Carys have been featured on BBC radio stations including Radio 3 and 4, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru and Classic fm.

Trio Sōra

Thursday 20th June 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Shaldon
Trio Sōra

We welcome back this multi award winning trio who performed here to great acclaim in 2019.
Based in Paris, and unanimously acclaimed by the press (The Strad, les Echos, Gramophone, Deutschlandfunk Kultur….) this sought-after trio has performed on the most prestigious stages of Europe.

Trio Sōra is currently preparing the recording of its next disc dedicated to Brahms trios, a double album to be released in spring 2024 by La Dolce Volta.

Pauline Chenais, piano
Fanny Fheodoroff, violin
Angele Legasa, cello


Friday 21st June 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Shaldon

An exciting world-folk fusion quartet from Manchester. Kabantu unravel new marriages of music in a globalised 21st century. Kabantu means “of the people” stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: “I am who I am because of who we all are”. They released their eponymous debut album “Of the People”in 2018 to critical acclaim and in 2022 released their second, entirely original album “Freehand” with support from the PRS Foundation ad Help Musicians UK.

“immaculate…a rousing display of fine musicianship”

The Guardian

Katie Foster, violin/ vocals
Ben Sayah, guitar/vocals
Ali McMath, double bass/didgeridoo/banjo/vocals
Delia Stevens, percussion/vocals

Saturday 22nd June 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Shaldon
‘Encounters with Gershwin:  James Pearson, piano and Lizzie Ball, violin/vocals

James Pearson and Lizzie Ball

A musical and storytelling exploration of the relationships and fascinating encounters between Gershwin and his contemporaries!

Lizzie Ball and James Pearson take you on a journey through the musical and personal encounters of some of the great musicians and composers of the 20th Century era, focusing on Gershwin as the central connecting figure.

Covering the artistic ‘scenes’ of Paris, London and New York, the programme includes music and arrangements by Heifetz, Ravel, Kreisler, Gershwin, Bernstein, Britten, Copland and Pearson. The concert will also feature engaging relevant anecdotes in James and Lizzie’s inimitable and acclaimed style!