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Cheryl Brendish (Soprano) – West Buckland Festival #ndevon

Cheryl enjoys an active career as an operatic and concert performer.  Her operatic roles include Constance, a role written for her in Paul Drayton’s chilling opera, The Hanging Oak; Valencienne, The Merry Widow; Iris Semele, Thirza The Wreckers, Suzuki Madame Butterfly, First Lady Magic Flute, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Dido in Dido & Aeneas and Lucretia Rape of Lucretia. Additional credits include Cherubino Marriage of Figaro, Mrs Page Merry Wives of Windsor and the role of Mrs Noah Noye’s Fludde performed in Truro Cathedral with 500 schoolchildren in 2005. Cheryl was invited to sing at the inaugural performance of Absolute Opera, based in Devon and who specialise in opera excerpts, and has recently performed the role of The Countess from Mozart’s, Marriage of Figaro for New Cornwall Opera at the Minack Theatre. Cheryl will also be performing a variety of roles including Madame Butterfly, The Countess in Marriage of Figaro and Carmen in Duchy Opera’s, Baron Herzog’s Box of Operatic Delights tour of Cornwall in October 2013.

Cheryl is also a successful concert artist.  She has performed Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Alan Opie.  Other concert repertoire highlights include the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Bach Magnificat, Elgar The Kingdom and Charpentier’s Te Deum.

A member of Cantamus (Choir of the World) from 1978 to 1983 under the Directorship of Pamela Cook, MBE, Cheryl studied at Trinity College of Music, London before travelling to Australia to join the Victoria State Opera and performed in Cameron Macintosh’s ‘World Tour of Carmen’ in Australasia in 1990. Cheryl currently studies with Margaret Kingsley and is performing a variety of classical and cabaret concerts across Cornwall throughout autumn/winter 2013 and details can be found by visiting, www.CherylBrendish.com


Friday 20th September At 7.30p.m. in St Peter’s Church

Friday Night Is Music Night

A Concert of Popular Classical Music with a group of highly talented singers and musicians.

Cheryl Brandish – soprano ~ John Hobbs – baritone
Andrew Daldorph – piano
Fiona Robertson – violin ~ Neil Hamilton – brass

Tickets (including refreshments) £12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door, £6.00 for children under 14. Tickets Here

Fiona Robertson (Violin) – West Buckland Festival #ndevon

Fiona is currently studying violin under Jan Repko, at the Royal College of Music in London.  She has won several prizes including the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize, and the John Fyfe Trophy at the 2009 Glasgow Music Festival, and was a winner at the Chetham’s Concerto Competition in 2010. Recent solo performances include Berg’s Violin Concerto with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, and Vaughan William’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ with the Scottish Festival Orchestra, in a concert given by the City of Glasgow Chorus in Glasgow’s City Halls. Last December, she performed Bruch’s violin concerto with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Cynfryn Jones.    

Fiona is also active in various chamber groups including the Robertson Ensemble, which has recently given a series of concerts in Sheffield, Cambridge and Poland, performing a variety of works including Benjamin Britten’s 2nd string quartet and the Kodaly Duo for violin and cello. In 2011, her quartet performed live on the BBC Radio Three programme ‘In Tune’, playing works by Brahms and Haydn. Recently Fiona took part in the NYOS Camerata Uist Residency, which enabled the members of the orchestra to create and conduct their own music workshops for school-aged children.

She has performed in masterclasses with Alina Ibragimova, Christoph Richter, Pavel Fischer, and members of the Carducci and Smith quartets.

Fiona is delighted to have been invited back to perform at the West Buckland Festival.


Friday 20th September At 7.30p.m. in St Peter’s Church

Friday Night Is Music Night

A Concert of Popular Classical Music with a group of highly talented singers and musicians.

Cheryl Brandish – soprano ~ John Hobbs – baritone
Andrew Daldorph – piano
Fiona Robertson – violin ~ Neil Hamilton – brass

Tickets (including refreshments) £12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door, £6.00 for children under 14. Tickets Here

Friday 20th September 2013 – Classical Music Concert #ndevon

West Buckland Festival is very proud of its Friday evening Classical Music concerts, which has over the years showcased many new and established performers. This year is no exception.

Friday 20th September At 7.30p.m. in St Peter’s Church

Friday Night Is Music Night

A Concert of Popular Classical Music with a group of highly talented singers and musicians.

Cheryl Brandish – soprano ~ John Hobbs baritone
Andrew Daldorph – piano
Fiona Robertson – violin ~ Neil Hamilton – brass

Tickets (including refreshments) £12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door, £6.00 for children under 14. Tickets Here

Call for Artists in North Devon #ndevon

We are looking for Artists to exhibit at the West Buckland Festival in September 2013.

During the Festival The Gallery exhibition will enable visitors to view and in some cases buy works of art by local Devon artists.

The aim of the ‘The Gallery’ exhibition is to enable and promote selected, amateur and professional artist living within the dispersed communities of North Devon and beyond. Past exhibitions have received critical acclaim and have been remarkably successful for artists and visitors. Diversity has been the success of these exhibitions, with entries ranging from textiles, painting, carving, printmaking and ceramics etc

The entry form can be found here: 2013 Exhibition

Printmaking Exhibition – Bristol

Print

Quotes:
“Take up a radical position with Peter Bright, who is borderline anarchic in his thinking and equally bold in his art.” Andrea Charters

“I keep thinking about George Braque who learnt artificial wood graining from his time as a decorator; the story goes that he taught Picasso and these painted renderings of wood surface became a staple of cubism” John Myers

Bar_Chocolat_Bristol

I have got several of my latest prints on show at Bar Chocolat, a cafe in Bristol.

Why not meet up with friends and relax for a while with something from their classic café menu if you are in the area.

Soak up the cosy atmosphere and maybe buy a print?

19 The Mall
Clifton Village
Bristol
BS8 4JG

Telephone: 0117 974 7000

Map to Bar Chocolat Cafe?


George Braque was born on 13 May 1882, in Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise. He grew up in Le Havre and trained to be a house painter and decorator like his father and grandfather. However, he also studied artistic painting during evenings at the École des Beaux-Arts, in Le Havre, from about 1897 to 1899. In Paris, he apprenticed with a decorator and was awarded his certificate in 1902. The next year, he attended the Académie Humbert, also in Paris, and painted there until 1904. It was here that he met Marie Laurencin and Francis Picabia.

Still Life with tomato ketchup

Still Life with tomato ketchup by 35mm_photographs

This image was taken with another vintage Pentax camera that I purchased of ebay on the 15th July 2012. The Pentax Spotmatic takes M42 screw-thread lenses and was introduced by Asahi in 1964, it was the first SLR camera to sell well with a through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering system. The light meter is activated by pushing a small switch (which is on the left side of the lens housing) upwards.

This gallery contains 4 photos of my Pentax P30.

I have only recently acquired this Pentax P30 camera but I have had a great time using it. This is the camera I took to Lanzarote – I even managed to drop it onto a tiled floor without damaging it – I … Continue reading →

Why is most public art crap?

Puerto Calero - Lanzarote

The term public art is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site specificity.

The need to display art in a public place is usually driven by the ego of a local authority or prominent business or public figure within in a community. Placing grandiose statements within a town or city is seen as a way of increasing the importance of a place. There is a misconception that art elevates and rejuvenates an area – this is incorrect. There is more bad public art than there is good – out of proportion statues of footballers for an example.

The public art I like is the simple three-dimensional representation of company logos – signage is great public art.

Image above – Puerto Calero – Lanzarote

I have no idea what the sculpture placed in the entrance to Puerto Calero marina is all about (I don’t really need to) I love the way it simply sits there and is being obscured by the trees.

This image was taken using a Pentax P30 SLR film camera. The film used was Fujicolor C200, a budget-priced film (expire date April 2014) processed by Jessops in Barnstaple. The negatives were scanned using an Ion Pics 2 SD.

The beauty of using 35mm film cameras and film is not knowing what you have taken a picture of straight away – the final image is a process of design, skill and chance. The chance element is the big buzz … Continue reading ?


Self Portrait of the Artist

A self portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work… Continue reading →

Lanzarote – self portrait

Reflection
This image was taken using a Pentax P30, 35mm film camera, which uses manual focus lenses with the K-mount bayonet fitting. The lens used to take this photograph was a Rikenon 1:2 50mm, which was originally off a Richo KR-10 (super). At about 510 grams, the camera is easy to carry and handle and has shutter speeds from 1/1000 of a second to 1 second. The automatic mode on this film camera chooses the best shutter speed and aperture setting, giving the novice photographer a better chance of taking a good photograph. It also has a semi-automatic mode as well, which chooses most of the settings but allows for more creativity. There is also a totally manual setting for the brave.

The film used was Fujicolor C200, a budget-priced film (expire date April 2014) processed by Jessops in Barnstaple. The negatives were scanned using an Ion Pics 2 SD.

Using old film stock in a Pentax P30

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Pentax P30 in Lanzarote

Still Life - an empty bottle tells a story by 35mm_photographs
Just got back from a week in Lanzarote with the whole family.

Tías in Lanzarote is a town and borough situated in the southwest of the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain.  It has several great bars and restaurants, supermarkets and shops that cater for the British ex-pat community that has grown up there and is southeast of the main highway which links it to Arrecife (the island capital) which is only ten to fifteen minutes away.

The  image above was taken using a Pentax SLR film camera:

The Pentax P30 uses manual focus lenses with the K-mount bayonet fitting. At about 510 grams, the camera is lightweight, with shutter speeds from 1/1000 of a second to 1 second. The automatic mode on this film camera chooses the best shutter speed and aperture setting to give the novice photographer (me) the best possible chance of taking a good photo. It also has a semi-automatic mode as well, which chooses most of the settings but allows for more creativity. There is also a totally manual setting for the brave.

Using old film stock in a Pentax P30

The beauty of using 35mm film cameras and film is not  knowing what you have taken a picture of straight away – the final image is a process of design, skill and chance. The chance element is the big buzz … Continue reading →

Agfacolor HDC 200

Fly Spider Nasturtium by 35mm_photographs

Via Flickr:

Taken using a Pentax P30 35mm camera using ‘old stock’ (March 2000) Agfacolor HDC 200. July 2012.

The Pentax P30 is an SLR and uses manual focus lenses with the K-mount bayonet fitting. I shot a roll of film on an old Pentax P30. The results were not as satisfying as those taken with the Pentax SP500. … Continue reading

Agfacolor was the name of a series of color film products made by Agfa of Germany. The first Agfacolor, introduced in 1932, was a film-based version of their Agfa-Farbenplatte (Agfa color plate) a “screen plate” product similar to the French Autochrome.

After World War II, the Agfacolor brand was applied to several varieties of color negative film for still photography.

HDC plus 200 was a fine general-purpose film, with decent colour saturation, fine grain and sharp.

Agfacolor. (2012, May 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:32, July 21, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Agfacolor&oldid=492411945