Moriarty Winds Concert Powderham Castle



Bramdean musicians once again, enjoyed an opportunity to experience a rare performance given by young professional musicians, in the famous James Wyatt Music Room of the historic Powderham Castle, near Exeter. The concerts, part of a series especially for schools, are a unique opportunity for young people to experience quality music, presented in new, characterful and accessible ways.


This concert was by the renowned ‘Moriarty Winds’ (named after the arch rival of Sherlock Holmes!), which comprises five post-graduate students from The Royal College of Music. Their programme included excerpts by Beethoven and Mozart, as well as more contemporary composers such as Francaix and a world première of a piece written especially for them by Oliver Knussen.


Recent highlights for this quintet include contributions to the Investec International Festival and the RAM Chamber Music Series and it is currently the resident ensemble for the prestigious Wigmore Hall ‘Chamber Tots’ series.


The concert gave our students a rare opportunity to see and hear three minority instruments: the oboe, horn and bassoon, as well as the flute and clarinet. They were transfixed by the contrasting timbres of the different instruments and clearly enjoyed the varied and entertaining programme.


Some responses from them are below:


‘I liked seeing how fast their fingers moved and how they remembered all the music.’


‘I didn’t realise that you could become a professional player, after starting at such an old age (15 years!).’


‘My favourite was the bassoon. The player had to make her lips a funny shape to play it!’


‘I really enjoyed the different characters of the pieces and how they made me think of different things.’