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Friends of Sidholme Music Room

A Voice Beside the Sidmouth Sea

Event Location: Sidholme, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8UJ
Entry is Free ~ with a retiring collection in aid of the
Music Room Restoration Fund and The Sidmouth Sea Festival (Sea Fest).
Sunday 17th May 2020
2:30pm – 4:30pm


Sidmouth Sea Fest and Friends of Sidholme Music Room present an Afternoon of Music

A celebration of the Seas Voice in Poetry and Music: the influence of Sidmouth in Elgars "Sea Pictures"

"I am almost as fond of the sea as of poetry: and indeed it is visible poetry" Elizabeth Barrett-Browning

A celebration of Sea Shanties and songs from Sidmouth Sea Fest Community Choir followed by a  concert of Voice and Piano performed by acclaimed Mezzo Soprano Lorraine Low and Alex Wilson (Piano). And featuring the little known special contribution Sidmouth made to a popular British song cycle that has become a classic favourite amongst concert goers around the world; presented by Christine Hardy.

Lorraine studied  music at  Oxford  where she majored in vocal studies specialising in the performance of art song. After graduating she continued her vocal studies in London and performed regularly in recitals and as a soloist with several choral societies. She has performed  with regional opera companies. Roles  included  Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) .

She has studied with various internationally acclaimed  singers/tutors including Pamela Bowden, Marjorie Thomas and Sophie Daneman and  is currently a student of the Australian Mezzo Soprano Caitlin Hulcup.

Since moving to Sidmouth in 2016 she has pefromed in a number of solo recitals and charity concerts locally. She has participated in the Oxford Lieder festival masterclases.

Alex is a musician with a passion for the unusual, new and unexplored: a versatile pianist with interests ranging from cutting edge new music to fascinating repertoire by forgotten composers.  Alex is a former British Contemporary Piano Competition finalist, Park Lane Group Young Artist and performer of new music across Britain and Europe as soloist and chamber musician.  His self-curated tour of music by the lost composers of World War One ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ has achieved large audiences and received critical praise. 

He has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, and at the Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow, and has appeared on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music as a champion of contemporary music. 
Alex directs, manages and performs with the Dr K. Sextet, curated the inaugural Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy and co-founded the music and visual arts collaboration ‘The Pierrot Project’.  Alex believes strongly in taking professional, ambitious music projects out of the big cities, and is currently working to develop the musical scene in his home region of the south-west. 

Christine an accomplished author and award winning playwright will take us on a journey into the influence Sidmouth had on Poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Her books include of All I Ever Wanted: The life of Sidmouth fisherman Stan Bagwell, Keith Owen: Sidmouth's Remarkable Benefactor, 'Til the Boys Come Home and Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Sidmouth Letters & Poems 1832 – 5. Using her extensive research on Elizabeth Barrett’s time in Sidmouth, Christine will illuminate a little known link to one of this afternoon’s songs in Elgar’s famous song cycle Sea Pictures. Christine has significantly contributed to the documentation of Sidmouths cultural and historical role as a coastal community and continues to do so this afternoon showing how our little community has impacted wider British cultural celebration of its coastal heritage.

Sidmouth Sea Fest Community Choir creates a sense of wellbeing through our community choir, bringing community members of all ages together to share the joy of singing and connecting with our fishing heritage through sea shanties.  The choir is led by Tess Bisson, who skilfully brings people and voices together.

Sea Fest Display

There will be a display about the Sea Fest 2020 theme "Life Below Water" - which is about the UN sustainable development goal 14 - all about conserving and protecting oceans, seas etc.

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