Live in Lympstone

PUBLISHED: 12:22 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 10 June 2010

THE Clarion Clarinet Quartet, with pupils from St Peter s School, Lympstone, will give a concert for all the family in Lympstone on Friday, May 8

THE Clarion Clarinet Quartet, with pupils from St Peter's School, Lympstone, will give a concert for all the family in Lympstone on Friday, May 8.

Richard de la Rue and John Walthew are founding members of the quartet, joined more recently by Barry Parsons and John Welton.

Their May concert for Lympstone will be designed for an all-age audience and include Leopold Mozart's delightful Toy Symphony (listen for the first Cuckoo of your summer). Other music will include jazz and light classics, plus a very entertaining version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff for clarinet quartet and voice. Pupils from St Peter's School will be joining the quartet for part of the concert.

Most music for clarinet quartet is arranged from other combinations of instruments but the Clarion Quartet actively seeks music specifically written for the clarinet family of instruments. At a typical Clarion concert you are likely to hear up to six different sorts of clarinet, from the high pitched E flat clarinet down to the bass clarinet which is so large that it has a bell that rests on the floor. (In the concert, Little Billy Goat Gruff will be represented by the tiny E flat clarinet while the Troll is appropriately matched by the deep notes of the Bass Clarinet).

The doors of Lympstone Parish Church will open at 7pm for the Clarion concert which starts at 7.30pm on Friday, May 8. Adult tickets cost £5 (under 16s come free) and are now on sale to personal callers at Lympstone Post Office, by phoning the Lympstone Entertainments ticket hotline on (01395) 263928 or by emailing

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