Lympstone Entertainments has been producing shows in Lympstone since 2006. Here are some of our previous events.
Saturday, 13 July 2019 6.00pm
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Telfers’ Garden, Underhill, EX8 5HH
Performed by the Cygnet Company
For more information about the Cygnet Company click cygnettheatre.co.uk.
The Dante Quartet returned to Lympstone on Friday, 7 June 2019 7pm 2019
to play Haydn, Debussy and Szymanowski
Yuko Onoue, Krysia Osostowicz, Oscar Perks and Richard Jenkinson
Of all Lympstone Entertainments events, the Dante Quartet playing the whole cycle of Beethoven string quartets in 2017 was undoubtedly the highlight. Over 1,000 people came to those concerts, and were thrilled by the playing of Krysia Osostowicz, Oscar Perks, Yuko Onoue and Richard Jenkinson.
Since they performed in Lympstone church two years ago, the Dante Quartet have been busy. They have given several more performances of ‘Beethoven’s Quartet Journey’, which had its debut in our village, have performed a marathon weekend of all 15 of Shostakovich’s quartets, and undertaken a tour of Japan. Later this year they will be playing in China for the first time, and are planning another Dante Festival in Cornwall in July.
They returned to Lympstone on 7th June this year, to play a single concert, with a programme of three wonderful quartets from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries:
Joseph Haydn is known as the Father of the String Quartet. He wrote 68 in all, and the six that are catalogued as Op. 76 are held to be amongst the very best. Op. 76 no. 5 is particularly famous for its long slow movement, a melancholy-beautiful melody that is often played at memorial services (hence the quartet’s nickname, ‘The Graveyard’).
Claude Debussy, the great French composer whose music could be heard everywhere last year on the centenary of his death, wrote only one String Quartet, Op. 10 in G minor, but it is one of the most-loved of all. The music has often been compared to the paintings of the French Impressionists who were his contemporaries.
Karol Szymanowski is the best-known Polish composer after Chopin. He wrote symphonies, concertos and operas, but only two string quartets. String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56, written in 1937, begins in the classical style, but the 2nd and 3rd movements take their melodies and their rhythms from the highland folksongs of Podhale, including the brigands’ tune ‘Pocciez chlopcy’. The quartet closes with chords reminiscent of Zakopane folk bands, to which Szymanowski had for years been listening with great enthusiasm.
Friday, 22nd March 2019
The heavenly music of HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
Performed by the mediaeval ensemble The Telling – voices and mediaeval harp
Hildegard played by Dr Who and RSC actress Teresa Banham
Clare Norburn, whose powerful Beethoven’s Quartet Journey enthralled us in 2017, returned with a new candlelit concert/play, the story of the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen, told alongside music performed by the acclaimed medieval ensemble, The Telling.
For a recent review of this production, check out Theatre review Hildegard 2019.
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Return of the FB POCKET ORCHESTRA
Saturday 2nd February 2019
February is the month for Lympstone Entertainments’ annual showcase for the abundance of local talent that never fails to wow the audience!
Sunday 6 January 2019
IN PRAISE OF CIDER
A musical entertainment celebrating Devon’s most famous drink was performed by Paul Downes, Heather Redding and Graham Banks in Lympstone Village Hall on Twelfth Night – but at lunchtime! It featured cider songs and sketches which told the story of cider making in the county, and championed real farm cider as opposed to the fizzy commercial version.
Twelfth Night is traditionally the time for wassailing your apple trees, to make sure that they bear lots of fruit, and the show started with a wassailing song and lots of noise to frighten the devil out of the trees. “Give I a gallon of cider” is the refrain of one of the songs, and under its influence we met Farmer Tasker, who paid his workers in cider; a true blood Romany gypsy, first class, weaned on cider; and the marketing executive of Crossbow Cider, Mr Norman Pretence: “Crossbow shoots a bolt through your thirst!”
Originally devised and written by actors of the Orchard Theatre Company in 1979, it toured the pubs of North Devon and beyond. Directed then, as in this production, by Harland Walshaw, it was a popular success for the Beaford Centre’s professional touring theatre.
Accompanying the 45 minute show was a Cider Lunch, served at café tables.
Friday 17th March 2017
FB Pocket Orchestra
FB Pocket Orchestra took its listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances of the 1920/30s and earlier. “Atmospheric, yet vibrant,” said Jazz FM, “this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully by this band.
Saturday 25th March 2017
Steve Knightley supported by The Exmouth Shanty Men
The songwriting force behind Show of Hands has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo.
Friday 5th May 2017 to Sunday 7th May 2017
Beethoven’s Quartet Journey
Part One of our most challenging presentation, staging performances in the village of all of Beethoven’s string quartets, over the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th May, was acclaimed as a triumph by audiences and performers alike. Now ranked as one of Britain’s finest, the Dante Quartet received standing ovations from the packed audience in Lympstone church after each of their performances. David Timson in splendid costume as Beethoven, was utterly believable. A stage in the church, and theatre lights helped to dramatise the performances.
Friday 2nd June 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017
Beethoven’s Quartet Journey
Part Two of the Beethoven’s Quartet Journey. Now ranked as one of Britain’s finest quartets, the Dante Quartet received standing ovations from the packed audience in Lympstone church. David Timson in splendid costume as Beethoven, was utterly believable. A stage in the church, and theatre lights helped to dramatise the performances.
Friday 29th September 2017
Magic over supper
A café-style show with Gary Mac, one of the region’s top performers, who bewildered us with his cheerful brand of close-up magic over supper. Everyone was baffled by Gary Mac’s magic show. From close up at the table to the floor show to round off a great evening.
Sunday 13th May 2017
Out of the Ashes
City of Light Theatre presented a dramatisation of the book by Michael Morpurgo, one of our greatest children’s writers.
Sunday 1st July 2018 2.15 -4pm
Open Air entertainment on Lympstone Slipway from Goronwy, entertainer extraordinaire[photo: Krzysztof Goleblowski]
Saturday 14th July 2018
Isle of Slaves
in a Lympstone garden
Students from the Cygnet Theatre returned to provide more first class open air entertainment in a Lympstone garden.
Oh what a lovely war
November and December 2018
Our major prodction in 2018 in conjunction with Lympstone Players
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