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1.   Hermitage String Trio

2.   Wildfire  Music Festival

3.   Browns Music Festival

4.   St George's Concert

5.   Remembrance Ceremony

6.  The River

7.  Small News



1.  Hermitage String Trio on Sunday at the Dartmouth Music Festival ( 7, 8, 9 May )

The return of the spell binding Hermitage String Trio at St. Saviour's Church Sunday May 9th at 3.00pm. This Russian Trio is a must to see at the Dart Music Festival.

Boris Garlitsky
Boris is a Professor at the Paris Conservatory and Artistic Director of the Summer Academy of Violin in Troyes in France. Boris Garlitsky became Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2003.

Alexander Zemtsov
Alexander has worked with several European orchestras and in 2002 was appointed Principal Viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Alexander is professor of viola at the Guildhall School of Music.

Leonid Gorokhov
Leonid studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Winner of the 1986 Geneva Concours and the 1987 Paris Chamber Music Competition, in 1995 he was awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize by the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts. In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin; the strong musical rapport between Leonid Gorokhov and Lord Menuhin resulted in a long collaboration between these artists. He is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music.

Tickets are available from the Dartmouth visitor and information centre Tel:- 01803 834224. Only £10.00 for a concert you will never forget!


2.  Wildfire Bistro at the Dartmouth Music Festival ( 7, 8, 9 May )

Wildfire Bistro
Friday 8.00-10.30pm Esperanto - Spanish Guitars
Saturday 2.30-4.30pm Sax Appeal - Soul/Rock
8.00-10.30pm Maggie Reeday - Jazz
Sunday 2.30-4.30pm Maggie Thomas - Blues

Floating Bridge Pub
Friday 8pm-late 59 Ford - Rock and Roll
Saturday 8pm-late 59 Ford - Rock and Roll
Sunday 8pm-late 59 Ford - Rock and Roll

Wildfire has an exclusive atmosphere and is one of the places we love to chill out.  The Floating Bridge has 59 Ford, and what a fantastic rock and roll band they are.  Be transported back to the 60's in style!  The Dartmouth dot TV crew will be there Sunday night, see you there?


3.  Browns Bar at the Dartmouth Music Festival ( 7, 8, 9 May )

Friday 8.00-10.30pm Gavin Cox - Acoustic Singer/Songwriter

Saturday 12.30-2.30pm Julian Piper - Blues
8.00-10.30pm Ryan Inglis and Mark Ely - Acoustic Singer/Songwriters

Browns is one of our favourite places during Music Festival.  Lovely music, great surroundings, friendly people and wonderful wine and specialist lagers/beers.  Come and join the Dartmouth dot TV crew there on Friday  evening?  Gavin Cox tells us  "I wrote the words and music to all 12 tracks that we chose for my album. The journey was completed on July 4th 2008, when we went to Abbey Road for mastering and what a day that was!"


4.  St George's Concert


Dittisham celebrated St George's Day in great style last Friday with a superb concert held in the appropriately magical surroundings of St George's Church.  About 120 people attended the event which was masterminded by Tom Leeman and included contributions from singer Martin Dibbens and soprano Alison Pearce who led the audience in singing Rule Britannia.  Local performers included the choir of Blackawton Primary School, young cricketer Charlie Blair, trumpeter Martin Holland, Gina Carter and Edith Wellman as well as Dartmouth's own Town Crier Lez Ellis and organist Jonathan Watts.   The event raised about £800 for the British Red Cross.
By the way, don't miss Jonathan's Organ Recital in St Saviour's Church at noon next Saturday 8th May during Music Festival. 

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

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5.  The River

Thanks to Andy Kyle and Derek Guy for these fascinating early morning misty photos of the river.


6.   Remembrance Ceremony at Slapton

A ceremony was held on Sunday to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Exercise Tiger at the Sherman Tank memorial Torcross.

In late 1943, as part of the war effort, the British Government evacuated approximately 3,000 local residents. Some of them had never left their villages before.  The make up of Slapton Beach was selected for its similarity to Utah Beach, namely a gravel beach, followed by a strip of land and then a lake.

During the practice for the Normandy Landings in April 1944, 638 servicemen were killed when 30000 allied troops were attacked by German E-Boats in Start Bay.

Wreaths were laid by a number of military organisations including the USA, and by Councillor Melvyn Stone Chairman of South Hams District Council.  After the ceremony there was a service in Stokenham Church.


7.   Small News

Jess from the Royal Castle Hotel reports:  What’s on at the Royal Castle Hotel over Dartmouth’s Music Festival

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th May
We’re at the heart of one of Dartmouth’s premier events and there is music for all tastes.

On Friday evening in NU our river view restaurant, we will be serving a three-course dinner to include coffee for £25.95 per person accompanied by Martin Dale (jazz saxophonist) from 20.30.
In the Harbour bar Ryan Inglis (acoustic singer/song writer) from 20.30-22.30

On Saturday evening in NU we will be serving a five-course dinner for £35.00 per person and Alex Knight (classic guitarist) will be playing from 20.00. Tonight’s meal can be served at your leisure so that you can come and go and listen to other artist’s around the town and then return to your table for the next course.
We also have Larry the News Guy (keyboard playing, singer/song writer) in the Harbour bar from 20.00.

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