Our next full Orchestral concert.

Saturday 22 December 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Sidmouth Parish Church.


Supported by The Joanna Leach Foundation.


       Classics for Christmas


           Emmanuel Bach - violin

           Joel Munday - violin


Handel : Water Music (extracts) 

Bach : Concerto in D minor for two violins BWV 1043

Vivaldi : Violin Concerto for 2 violins in A minor Op 3 No 8 RV 522

Corelli : 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale'  -  'Christmas Concerto' Op. 6 No 8

Mozart : Symphony No 41 'Jupiter' K 551.

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Emmanuel Bach

Emmanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly. He won the 2018 Royal Overseas League String Competition, and has played concertos including Brahms, Mendelssohn, Paganini No.1 and Tchaikovsky. In 2017, he played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Concerto. He was invited to play as a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto. He is an Artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, 2017–19.


As a chamber musician, he was a Fellow on the Yale Summer School 2016, USA, working with the Artis, Brentano and Emerson String Quartets. From 2013-15, he held a Leverhulme Fellowship at Pro Corda Chamber Music Academy, coaching young musicians. He also plays with the Bach Quartet, whose performances include playing on Radio 3 Music Day 2017.


He has benefitted from masterclasses with musicians including Miriam Fried, Dong-Suk Kang, Shlomo Mintz, Cho-Liang Lin and Hugh Maguire. He attended the Academié Riviera 2018 with Pierre Amoyal.


Emmanuel read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a double First. He studied with Natasha Boyarsky, receiving his Masters from the Royal College of Music. He completed an Artist Diploma in 2018 at the RCM with Radu Blidar. Alongside solo and chamber playing, he played on orchestral schemes with the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras. He is grateful for support from the RCM, HR Taylor Trust, Drapers’ Company, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, English-Speaking Union and Tompkins Tate Trust.



Joel Munday
British violinist, Joel Munday from Tedburn St. Mary and educated in Devon has been playing the violin since the age of seven. As a student of Michael Johnson for eight years, he moved to the Royal College of Music Junior Department in 2016. He was the winner of the Royal College of Music JD’s Peter Morrison Concerto Competition in 2017 and currently holds a scholarship for advanced studies at the Royal College of Music under Professor Ani Schnarch.  He has won other prizes including the Gregynog Young String Player of the Year in 2018, was the winner of the Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians’ Platform Competition in 2016 and also the third prize winner at the Whitgift International Music Competition in 2017.  

Festival appearances include the Budleigh Music Festival and the Two Moors Festival, the latter at which he is a Festival Artist. In the 2018/19 season he performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Royal College of Music Junior Department Symphony Orchestra under Jacques Cohen, as well as engagements with EMG Symphony Orchestra, Exeter Camerata and Isca Ensemble. Alongside intensive studies with Ani Schnarch, Joel will be performing recitals in Britain, the Czech Republic and the Philippines.  He will also travel to Trieste, Italy to learn and perform at the New Virtuosi International Violin Mastercourse and nxt year will spend three weeks at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, U.S.A.  Joel plays on Florian Leonhard’s copy of a 1727 Stradivari violin generously loaned to him by the Royal College of Music. 

Joel is very grateful for the support he has received from Roger Hendy in his capacity as Music Adviser of the Joanna Leach Foundation as well as MD of the Isca Ensemble. He will present two recitals in Devon next year - on Thursday 1 August in Exeter Cathedral at lunchtine and on Saturady 3 August in Sidbury Church at 7.30 p.m. which will be coordinated by Roger Hendy and Keith Dawson.