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the Belshaw Band at Exeter Library

Join us for an unforgettable musical experience as the Belshaw Band takes the stage at Exeter Library on Saturday 15th of July! This dynamic ensemble of seven talented musicians, including local players Roz Harding, Julie Hill, Jane Pirie and Emma Welton, will enthral you with their unique blend of trumpet, two saxophones, two violins, cello, and piano. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic power of Simon Belshaw’s compositions, which are infused with influences from various musical genres including Baroque, rock, pop, minimalism, and jazz.

Belshaw formed the band while studying at Bath and honed his craft with Gavin Bryars at the University of Hertfordshire. Don’t miss this chance to witness a performance that has been described as “incredible music … a sense of searching, patience, remaining in the moment, and beauty.” Get ready to be moved and inspired!

For this performance the band will consist of Simon Belshaw – piano, Mike Daniels – trumpet (Bath Philharmonia, Gorgeous Big Horns Big Band, Premiere Brass Quintet, Moonrakers Dance Orchestra), Roz Harding – saxophone (Mike Westbrook, A Quiet Night In, Billie Bottle’s Temple Of Shibboleth), Julie Hill – violin (Devon Baroque, Clifton Quartet, Devon Amici), Sarah Lewis – saxophone (Northern Rhythm Big Band, Strictly Saxes Quartet), Jane Pirie (Ensemble Verxel, Orquesta Clasica de Vigo) – ‘cello and Emma Welton – violin (Icebreaker , A Quiet Night In, Exeter Contemporary Sounds). The band will be joined by Cheryl Enever – voice (BBC Singers, English Touring Opera) for one or two pieces.

“Simon Belshaw’s Music Machine compositions (conceptually fascinating AND sonically beautiful).”

“There’s a lovely complex simplicity to the idea”

“Wonderful sense of patience and harmonies rubbing together.”

“Non-traditional, multimedia works that involve a more performative, even theatrical approach to musicking … Think of the New Discipline … Or the experiments in graphic notation of composers like John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, and more recent examples by Simon Belshaw.”

General tickets: £10 + booking fee

Concession (U18, O65, student, disabled): £8 + booking fee

Tickets are available in-library or via Eventbrite.

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