The Divertimento Ensemble was formed in 2004 to perform major works of chamber music. This flexible-sized group of well-known professional musicians delights their audiences in their regular concerts and varied programmes. The Divertimento String Quartet, part of the Ensemble, will be performing tonight.
Sharpham cheese with bread and olives and salad leaves will be available to buy from 6pm and during the interval.
The String Quartet performers are:
Mary Eade studied the violin with Yehudi Menuhin and Frederick Grinke. Student life took her to Freiburg in Germany, later returning to London and the Royal College of Music. She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 1975 and has played many concertos notably with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Tallis Chamber Orchestra, Ten Tors Orchestra and Taunton Sinfonietta. Her association with Divertimento has involved her in many concerts ranging from Piano Trios to Octets to Chamber Orchestral concerts.
Lindsay Braga (violin) studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Deakin and Wen Zu Li and has worked since with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet, the Goldberg Ensemble and Manchester Camerata. Since her move to Devon Lindsay has become highly sought after in Devon for both orchestral and chamber music playing. She is a member of the Ten Tors Orchestra and The Divertimento Ensemble.
Andrew Gillett’s (Viola) early studies were with Colin Sauer(violin) and Keith Lovell(viola) of the Dartington String Quartet. He went on to study viola at the Royal College of Music and the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a member of the Ten Tors Orchestra and the Divertimento Ensemble. Highly in demand as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician his musical interests are diverse – baroque, contemporary and all things in between, – he is sometimes to be found at ceilidhs, playing the fiddle long into the night.
Vicky Evans early cello studies were at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Antonia Butler and later at The Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians in London (the predecessor of the Purcell School). She continued her musical training at Dartington College of Arts with Michael Evans, cellist of the Dartington String Quartet. He became her husband and she spent many years bringing up their five children before resuming a busy career as a freelance musician, music lecturer, manager of several chamber ensembles and orchestras, and director of Divertimento Entertainments. As a chamber music player, she has performed with pianists Margaret Lynn and John Bryden, flautist Judith Hall, clarinettist Colin Parr, bassoonist Martin Gatt, violinist Malcolm Latchem.
- String Quartet No 14 in G, 'Spring'
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
- 3 Pieces for String Quartet
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
- String Quartet No 1 in G minor
- Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)