1. Devon is Best!
2. Harpham String
4. Small News
officially England's Best County"
Well, we all know it's true,
"Country Life" confirms that Devon is once again best county
overall in their recent survey, reinforcing its 2003 top
ranking! Scoring first place for landscape, heritage, green
credentials, pubs and food - and in the top ten for health,
arts, tranquillity, light and dining, Devon beat neighbours
Cornwall (7th), Dorset (5th) and Somerset (4th).
As Country Life says "..few counties can match the variety that
Devon manages to pack into its 2,589 square miles .... (it) is
the most consistently hilly of counties ... The sight of cows in
this dairy paradise makes one's knife hand itch to be folding
clotted cream on top of a scone." You can read the
And we think Dartmouth is a jewel in Devon's crown so why not
come and stay to experience what it is that makes our town and
Catch the last of this
year’s Celebrity Classical Series at the Flavel with the Harpham
String Quartet at 7.30pm on Sat 14th Mar. The Harpham Quartet is
steadily becoming regarded as a formidable new talent. Last year
they were selected as Park Lane Group Young Artists and
performed at the opening night of the 2008 New Year Series at
the Purcell Room.
Recent performance highlights include appearances at the Wigmore
Hall, Fairfield Halls, Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow and Cadogan
Hall, as 2008 ‘RCM Rising Stars’. Festival appearances include
the Harrogate International Festival, Mostly Mozart at the
Barbican, King’s Lynn and Chichester Festivities. Having given a
successful concert at the Honiton Festival last year, they were
invited back to perform with Emma Johnson MBE.
Prestigious performances of 20th and 21st Century works to date
have included the chamber music of Mark Anthony Turnage for the
2008 BBC Proms Composer Portraits series, the Malcolm Arnold
Festival and the RCM Transcendent Festival: The Music of Helmut
Lachenmann, for which their performance of the composer’s String
Quartet ‘Grido’, received critical acclaim. In the summer of
2009 they will collaborate with the Medici Quartet in a world
premiere performance of Sir John Tavener’s ‘Towards Silence’.
The Harpham Quartet’s training took place at the RCM where they
were awarded the Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize for Chamber
Music. They attended the Britten-Pears 31st International String
Quartet Academy, receiving coaching from Alistair Tate and the
Alban Berg Quartet. The quartet has also received guidance from
Irvine Arditti and the late Dr Christopher Rowland. They have
performed in masterclasses with Gábor Takács-Nagy and members of
the Arditti, Keller, Vermeer, Chilingirian, Endellion and
Programme to include:
Haydn – Quartet Op.33 No.3 “Bird”
Beethoven – Quartet Op.18 No.4 in C Minor
Schubert – Quartet in D Minor “Death and the Maiden”
Tickets £15 from the Flavel Box Office on 01803 839530 or online
Cannelloni with Rigoletto
Another sell-out success for the
Dart Music Festival occurred on Friday night in Dartmouth,
Devon, with acclaimed performances from the talented musical
group, Opera on the Run, which accompanied the cuisine of local
chef Nick Crosley and his team of apprentices. Visitors from as
far afield as Ashford in Kent joined over 100 enthusiasts to
pack the spectacular Dartmouth Apprentice Restaurant to enjoy
the Opera on the Run group perform favourite operas, and to bid
on art donated by local artists.
As well as the feast of musical favourites performed by chanteur
Ian Bloomfield and chantreuses, The Aphrodite Sisters, diners
enjoyed a superb three course meal of Mediterranean canapés,
olives, and pesto dips; followed by chicken, beef or ricotta and
spinach cannelloni. The meal concluded with Dartmouth ice cream,
tiramisu and chocolate wafer biscotti and coffee. Commencing
with a medley of popular operas the night included O Solo Mio;
the Flower Song; Don’t Say Goodbye; Rigoletto; Nessun Dorma;
along with other favourites such as Diamonds are a Girls Best
Friend and Oh What A Beautiful Morning.
Marilyn Bird, Director of the Classical Programme for the
Festival said: “It was great seeing the audience enjoy the
evening with their Pavarotti inspired napkin waving throughout
Nessun Dorma. “I am continually surprised and delighted by the
support Dartmouth gives to our fund-raising efforts. From
donations for the food through to the volunteers and staff at
the Dartmouth Apprentice we are enormously appreciative and
thankful for such generosity.”
“Tickets are already selling incredibly well for the Festival
performance of Opera On the Run. We expect it to be sold out
very soon. This will be a doubly special performance as they
will be accompanied by the musical string quartet of Bowjangles
in St Saviours.” Tickets for the 7:30pm performance on Saturday
9 May, along with other ticketed events, can be purchased at the
Dartmouth Visitor & Information Centre.
Our last news was on 19 February, our guys have been
working away and our house, as some may know, is in the process of a mini-Grand Designs with nearly all of the front
being replaced as well as most of the inside! Our news will remain patchy until the middle of April.
If you have any news, or you want to invite us to your
gathering, just e-mail us?
Sunday Lunch. "Taylor's
Restaurant is now open for Sunday. You can enjoy a 2 or 3
course Set Sunday Lunch for either £13.50 or £15.50,
respectively. This includes a choice of two roasts, with
roast beef charged at a £5 supplement. Their full a la carte
menu will also be available. Check out their website for the
current menus by
or telephone 01803 832748 for bookings."
Slipway Opening Ceremony to be
performed at Stoke Gabriel Creek by Admiral Sir David and
at 4:30pm on Sunday 15 March 2009 followed by a Naming of 5
New Club Boats and Cream Tea at the River Shack
A derelict slipway, formerly owned by Dart Harbour, has been
transformed and brought back into use by members of the
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. Cadets of the Britannia
Royal Naval College have given valuable assistance as part
of the College’s Outreach Programme and the National Lottery
‘Awards for All’ scheme provided substantial funding for the
Yet another day in
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley & others.