2. Red Letter day
3. New Arrivals
4. Small News
1. Classical Music
at the Flavel
The first of a new series of
celebrity classical concerts with a difference is being held at
The Flavel on 25 September. The four concerts, each containing a
piece by an English composer, will be given by well known and
top quality musicians with a variety of styles. This first
concert, with a light hearted pre-concert talk, is the
experienced Coull Quartet playing chamber music by Mozart,
Schubert and John Ireland.
Roger Coull formed the Coull Quartet at the Royal Academy of
Music in 1974 and the group, including Philip Gallaway, violin,
Rose Redgrave, viola, and Nicholas Roberts, cello, have been the
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977.
Their rare combination of maturity and freshness is frequently
singled out by reviewers: “Here the playing is so brimful with
enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with
the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply
reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)
Prior to the concert, at 6.15pm, violinist Roger Coull will give
an illuminating account entitled “Travels with my Quartet” of
the trials and tribulations of travelling round the world with
the musicians’ priceless instruments. The Quartet has performed
in the USA, Western Europe and also toured China, India, South
America and Australia so there could be some interesting
The programme on 25 September includes Mozart’s Quartet in E
flat K428; English composer John Ireland’s string Quartet No 1
in D Minor and Schubert’s Quartet in D minor ‘Death and the
Maiden’, one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire.
Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious
illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert's
testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the
second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in
1817 by the same title; but the theme of death is palpable in
all four movements of the quartet.
The other classical concerts in the series include Passamezzo,
an evening of English Elizabethan and Jacobean music in costume
with authentic instruments on 11 December; accomplished French
pianist Amandine Savary who returns to The Flavel on 27 January
2011; and the Citron Trio from the Westcountry with
clarinet/saxophone, cello and piano on 5 March 2011. A season
ticket for the four concerts is £55. Tickets for the Coull
Quartet on 25 September at £18 can be obtained from The Flavel
Box office. The bar will open at 6pm and the concert starts at
7.30pm with the pre-concert talk by Roger Coull at 6.15pm Call
the Flavel on 01803 839530
A Red Letter day for Paignton Zoo
Two red panda cubs have been
born at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. They are the first
to be born at the Devon Zoo since July 2004. The cubs were
born in July. Julian Chapman, Paignton Zoo’s Senior Head
Keeper of Mammals, explained: “Red panda cubs are slow to
make an appearance as they continue their development in the
nest after birth, like badgers and foxes.” Father Randy is 3
years old and came to Paignton from Dortmund Zoo in Germany
in September 2008. Mother Mandy is 6 and came from Dublin
Zoo in January 2008.
Animal staff have now sexed the pair; there is one male, one
female; and fitted them with transponders. They hope
visitors will be able to see them out and about in the next
few weeks. The red or lesser panda comes from the mountains
of Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal. It lives
in high altitude forest and eats bamboo shoots, grass,
roots, fruit, acorns and occasionally mice and birds. It has
fur on the pads of its paws to help keep heat in and to
prevent it slipping on wet or snowy surfaces. The
female has one or two young after a gestation period of 90
to 150 days (the longer period is when the fertile egg lies
dormant). The young stay with the mother until they are one
The red panda is classed as
Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation
of Nature, which means it is facing a high risk of
extinction in the wild. It has legal protection in Nepal and
China, and occurs in several national parks. Conservation
breeding programmes in zoos are co-ordinated world-wide.
With its rusty red coat and a long bushy tail it resembles a
racoon more than a panda. It is mainly nocturnal and spends
most of its time curled on a branch with its tail over its
head. It lives in pairs and forms small family groups.
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For
click here or ring (01803) 697500.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Paul & Brenda Reach (and of
course Billy the dog! ) report: We hold 3 major exhibitions
every year and try to introduce new artists each time. In
between though, we receive new work from our established
gallery artists on a regular basis.
We have therefore decided to
show you the work that has arrived during the last couple of
weeks; 35 new pieces from 10 established gallery artists. We
feel this collection illustrates our commitment to
continually refresh our gallery with paintings that satisfy
a wide taste in fine art.
We are confident that you will enjoy this collection and do
call us if you see something too irresistible to miss.
Call in at the D'Art Gallery 4 Lower Street or
click here to see the new work. The
Dartmouth dot TV crew were really, really impressed with
this new interpretation of Bayard's Cove! Click on the photo
on the right to see a bigger version?
4. Small News
Bargains to be had
at home …. Adam
reports: I think I may have gone a bit mad
ordering lots of lovely things for Christmas ! So to
make way for all the new stock we’re having an
end-of-season sale. Loads of things have 25% off so pop
along to home …. at 17 Foss
Street and have a bargain hunt of your own.
admitted in a Herald Express article that "Dartmouth
Regatta is the top place in the country to watch the Red
Arrows" Thanks guys we knew that all along!
If you are a
business in Dartmouth and you are reading this, then
your customers are too! A leading Art Gallery said
that we provide more visits to his site than any other,
a leading hotel has said we are in the top list of their
referrals, and an leading accommodation provider said
they got more bookings from us than anyone. We
have had to remove some big players from our website
recently, see if you are still there by
If not, call us on 01803 833366 urgently!
Dart Drama Festival has just been awarded a generous
Arts grant by South Hams and West Devon Borough
Councils. This year eight participating groups will be
performing a programme of one act plays at the Flavel
Theatre, Dartmouth, in November. For further
information and synopsis, please go to the Dart Drama
Festival website by
here or telephone on 01803 839530
A bit of self
indulgence here, can anyone find the original music or
you-tube video of Kim Wilde's 'Kids in America' where
the opening synthesiser intro, drops its pitch after a
couple of seconds? If you can
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,