Thursday, 11 November 2010

Concert at the Temple Methodist Church




















As imposing in its way as the parish church of St Peter's Budleigh Salterton's Temple Methodist church on Fore Street with its excellent acoustics is well-known as a venue for many of the concerts staged during the town's Music Festival.

It's also a notable landmark with a 'rags to riches' story, being built on the site of the Methodist chapel originally founded by a notable Budleigh character, the 18th century bookseller James Lackington as I mentioned at http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2009/08/temple-is-apt-setting-for-literary.html

So the concert this Saturday 13 November 2010 in aid of the Temple Methodist Refurbishment Fund will no doubt be a sell-out, featuring as it does the town's Male Voice Choir http://www.budleighmvc.co.uk/ and one of Britain's top clarinetists. Among the songs being performed are 'Any Dream Will Do', 'Some Enchanted Evening,' 'Portrait of My Love,' 'The Rose', 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me', 'Jacob's Ladder' and many other male voice choir favourites.

Kevin Hurst, who lives in Budleigh, will be playing the adagio section from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, and the ever popular 'Stranger on the Shore' made famous by Acker Bilk. His clarinet playing has taken him all over the UK and abroad, including Canada, France, Germany and the USA, but he presently restricts himself to giving mostly local recitals. A click on his website at http://kevinhurst.vpweb.co.uk/ reveals that he's also, among other things, a talented chess-player.

Kevin Hurst will be accompanied on the piano by Kevin Stuart-Banks, who is currently directing and playing for a newly formed choir in Budleigh Salterton which has grown from an informal gathering of ladies who enjoy singing lighter, more popular music.

Tickets for the concert cost £6 and are available from Tourist Information Offices in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, from Lesley's, High Street, Budleigh Salterton, and are also available on the door. The concert begins at 7.30 pm.

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