Here we are in March with two months of the year dominated by rain. I don’t think anyone will forget its effects with violent gales and its legacy of submerged homes, repairs and insurance to tackle. It reminds me of the aftermath caused by Foot and Mouth disease in 2001 when so many farmers lost everything; their stock (in many cases with decades of breeding prize animals) and their livelihoods. Of course, it wasn’t just farmers who suffered but all those small businesses whose income depended upon the many visitors to Dartmoor and Exmoor. Nobody was allowed to travel anywhere in the area.
Readers of this Homepage may wonder why I mention Foot and Mouth. It is the very reason that we started the Two Moors Festival. Its intention, as a one-off event, was to bring cheer to and to help regenerate business across 1200 square miles of scenic beauty that had suddenly become a grey and empty space. The Festival not only succeeded in its aim, but the planned single event was so successful that it continued and in the process, developed into the large and globally recognised arts organisation it is today.
No longer does it consist of concerts lasting ten days. Something happens each month and it’s the turn of The Young Musicians Platform first round auditions that occupy March. The competition is open to young talented instrumentalists and singers who live or who go to school within the Southwest. This means we receive entries from as far afield as Gloucester, Bournemouth and Truro. The standard is set at a minimum of Grade 7 with several candidates of a level reaching the final stages of prestigious national competitions. Over the years, we have seen a number of Festival winners gaining scholarships to the major conservatoires as well as to premiere universities.
Every year sees a concert within the festival given by the Young Musicians Platform winners. There are four – any instrument - who are each awarded £250 prize money and an opportunity to give a twenty-minute solo recital. While there is no charge for tickets, there is always a collection at the end with 2013’s total of £600 raised for the Festival’s education work.
Do keep a look out for this concert on Saturday, 25th October. You won’t be disappointed!
The Two Moors Festival focuses mainly on Chamber Music offering thirty prestigious concerts in October. This year's brochure will be available from June onwards.
Saturday, 28th June
St Andrew's Church, Cullompton
Fundraising concert in aid of the Two Moors Festival
given by Wells Cathedral School’s string orchestra
These are exceptionally talented young students from
one of Europe’s finest specialist music schools
String Symphony No.9 in C major (Swiss)
Adagio for Strings Op.11
Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.3
Metamorphosen TrV 290
Tickets £10 Unreserved seating
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