OTHER FORTHCOMING CONCERTS.

 

Purchasing of tickets for all concerts.

Tickets are available in advance online at  
www.iscaensemble.org.uk or www.ticketsource.co.uk

Sidmouth concert tickets are also available from

Paragon Books, 38 High Street, Sidmouth (01395 514516).

Tickets may also be obtained in person or by phone at

Exeter Visitor and Information & tickets tel. 01392 665885, 1 Dix's' Field, Exeter, EX1 1GF

Saturday 6th. November 2021 at 7.30 p.m.

 

EXETER CATHEDRAL

Isca Ensemble South West with

 

LUKA OKROS - piano

 

Takashi Yoshimatsu :

And birds are still .... Op. 72

TCHAIKOVSKY

Piano Concerto No 1

 

MAHLER :  SYMPHONY No 1 'Titan'

 

This marks a welcome return by this phenomenal international artist from Georgia.

 

Luka Okros has established himself as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. Okros’s performances have been praised by critics as “intense, strong and natural, with an impressive creativity”. Lang Lang said about his performance of Liszt’s infamous Hungarian Rhapsody: “In such a technical work, he does not deprive musicality. This is a rarity!”.

By the age of 27, Luka had won many awards, including Piano Award by Tabor Foundation at the Verbier Festival, top prizes at the Hong Kong Inter­national Piano Competition, the Valencia Iturbi Prize International Competition and the Scottish Inter­national Piano Competition.

Luka has already performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls – Carnegie Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Rudolfinum, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Liszt Academy, Maison de la Radio. Highlights of the season include performances in Finland, Hungary, Belgium, USA, Norway, UK, China, Georgia, Ukraine, Morocco and Austria.

His first commercial recording of Schumann was recently released on the DiscAuverS label and is available on Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Luka works on creating an album of his own compositions. One of the pieces was filmed and premiered by Het Concertgebouw’s Sessions. Scores of his works are published by Master Music Publications.

After graduating from the London Royal College of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Art Council of England has granted him the Exceptional Talent Visa. Currently Luka is based in London.

As a social media influencer, Luka’s Instagram has more than 50K followers.

 

Luka Okros performing Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp Minor at the

Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition (Tel Aviv).

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Sunday 7th. November 2021 at 3 p.m.

Sidmouth Parish Church

 

LUKA OKROS - piano

 

A special afternoon recital

by this brilliant Georgian artist.

 

 

Beethoven : Sonata Op. 27 No.2

'Moonlight'

Beethoven : Sonata Op. 31 No 2

'Tempest'

Interval

Schumann : Fantasie Op. 17

 

Promoted by Roger Hendy

Details of the programme will follow and how to obtain tickets.

Saturday 19th. March 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

Sidmouth Parish Church

Isca Ensemble South West

 

JOO YEON SIR

 

Renowned international violinist.

 

Programme will include

Elgar : Violin Concerto

 

Described by The Strad as "exuberant... seductive... with bravura and oodles of personality", prize-winning violinist and composer Joo Yeon Sir makes a welcome return to Sidmouth to perform with the Isca Ensemble.

 

Joo Yeon Sir (born June 29, 1990 in Seoul), is a South Korean violinist residing in the UK.

A former pupil at the Purcell School, Joo Yeon Sir is a Scholar at the Royal College of Music, London where she studies with Dr Felix Andrievsky. She has been a major prizewinner at national and international competitions in the UK and abroad and has performed as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras at various venues including the Wigmore Hall, London Arts Club, St James's Palace in presence of Prince Charles, the Foundling Museum as part of New London Orchestra Young Performer's Concert Series supported by the MBF, and most recently at Fairfield Halls performing Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.

In 2006 at the age of sixteen, Sir became the Overall Grand Prix Laureate at Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Haskovo, Bulgaria where her gala performance was broadcast on Radio Bulgaria (BNR). Sir is also recipient of Royal Philharmonic Society's Emily Anderson Prize Award 2007, MBF Music Education Award 2008 and the Second Prize at Windsor Festival International String Competition 2008, as youngest finalist. She holds many Young Musician titles including the Harlow, Rotary Club, Sevenoaks and Rickmansworth Young Musician Competitions. Other prizes include June Clements Memorial Medal from the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, Prix de l'Hospitalité Musicale from Masters de Belesbat, Duke of Devonshire Award and President's Prize.

She has been supported generously by the Benslow Music Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Royal Philharmonic Society, Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and Royal College of Music.

Sir is also a composer and has won the First Prize and the title of BBC/The Guardian Young Composer of the Year 2005 at the age of fourteen for her composition "Conflict in Time", which has been performed at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall by Endymion and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has written compositions for the Purcell School projects such as the "Birtwistle Games" Festival at the South Bank Centre and her most recent work, "Cold Dark Matter - an exploded view" for orchestra, inspired by British sculptor Cornelia Parker, was premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre by the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra in February 2007 as the winner of Purcell School Composition Competition. At the same occasion, she appeared as soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 as part of Howard Goodall's programme, Class Acts.

Visit.  https://www.youtube.com/user/JooYeonSir

Saturday 4th. December at 7.30 p.m.

Exeter University Great Hall

 

Handel's MESSIAH

Special orchestration by Sir Eugene Goossens.

 

Exeter University Chapel Choir

Isca Ensemble South West

 

Michael Graham - Musical Director

Roger Hendy - Concert coordinator

Antony Clements - leader

 

In aid of the Univerity of Exeter Chapel Choir Scholarship Fund

Further details to follow.

 

 

2020 concerts which unfortunately had to be cancelled.

 

 

Saturday 31st. October 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

EXETER CATHEDRAL 

 

Isca Ensemble

University of Exeter Chapel Choir

 

Roger Hendy & Michael Graham

Musical directors

 

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Serenade to Music

Gabriel Fauré : Requiem Op. 48

Antonín Dvořák : Symphony No 8 in G major Op. 88

 

Saturday 28th. November 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

Sidmouth Parish Church

 

Isca Ensemble with

 

JORDAN BLACK  - clarinet

 

Programme to include

 

Smetana : Overure 'Bartered bride'

Takashi Yoshimatsu : 'And Birds Are Still…’

Mozart : Clarinet Concerto

Dvořák :  Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Saturday 5th. December 2020 at 7.30 p.m.
Exeter University Great Hall


           A special performance of


       HANDEL'S MESSIAH

                       in aid of

FORCE CANCER CHARITY, EXETER

 

University of Exeter Chapel Choir

University of Exeter Choral Society

Isca Ensemble South West and chorus


Michael Graham - Musical Director
Margarita Wood - soprano

Madeleine Shaw - mezzo soprano

Michael Gibson - tenor

Julian Rippon - bass
Tickets available soon.

 

FORCE Cancer Charity is based in Exeter.

 

It believes that anyone affected by cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home and face-to-face.

Since 1987 FORCE has been funding  and to improve patient care at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. In 2004 FORCE opened a in the grounds of the RD&E Hospital, Exeter.