Dartmouth Orchestra under its inspirational conductor, brings to this year’s Festival a concert of stunning favourites of the orchestral repertoire — Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Max Bruch’s ever-popular Violin Concerto, in which they are joined by talented 16 year old violinist Jack Highley.
Jack was born and brought up in the South Hams, and developed an early love for the violin – starting with a 1/8 size instrument. After early schooling in Devon, at the age of 13 he moved on, to the Purcell School – a specialist music school in Herfordshire, where he says “ he is bombarded with music, playing with orchestras and chamber groups, busking with friends and singing in the choir”. He has won many cups and certificates and is excited at the prospect of returning to Devon to play with the Dartmouth Orchestra in this concert, having previously played the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Kathy Kenny and the orchestra.
The orchestra, based in Dartmouth, is made up of amateur instrumentalists from across the South Hams and rehearses every week in St Clement’s Church Hall. Recent concerts under the direction of Tim Pithers have seen the orchestra ‘raise the bar’ significantly.
Tim took the baton in January 2017 and has subsequently worked with the orchestra to achieve exciting concerts which attract a growing reputation in the area. In addition to Dartmouth Orchestra, he is Musical Director of Exeter University Symphony Orchestra, the Dunsford Singers, Chagford Singers, Orchestra+, the South West’s first LGBT symphony orchestra and the EX4 Chamber Orchestra which he founded in August 2015. Recent podium highlights have included performances of Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto with Hannah Mitchell, with whom Tim studied at Exeter, Brahms 2nd Symphony, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Amye Farrell, Schubert’s Mass in G and Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony.
Dart Music Festival promise an evening of uplifting music in the beautiful setting of St Saviour’s Church.