Two Moors Festival 2020

Dartmoor and Exmoor, Devon
Two Moors Festival 2020


The region’s unique Two Moors Festival will return this Autumn, with world-class classical music concerts held in line with current government guidelines.  It will be the first time many of the internationally recognised artists involved have returned to the stage since lockdown.

The classical music events will take place with limited, socially-distanced audiences across two weekends: 26-27 September on Dartmoor and 2-4 October on Exmoor, in beautiful church venues in Widecombe and Wiveliscombe.  All concerts will be one hour in length with no interval.

The artists involved have thoughtfully created programmes that are joyful, uplifting and a balm for the soul after lockdown.  The opening concert on 26th September at St Pancras’ Church in Widecombe-in-the-Moor will see The Albion Quartet play Brahms and Beethoven’s last quartets. Brahms’s last quartet in B-flat major is filled with bucolic idylls, heart-meltingly beautiful melodies, and joyful exuberance.


DARTMOOR WEEKEND: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September – St Pancras’ Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor

26 SeptemberAlbion Quartet with Tamsin Waley-Cohen plays Brahms and Beethoven’s last quartets – St Pancras’ Church, Widecombe- in- the-Moor – Matinée (3pm) and Evening (7pm)

The Albion Quartet plays Brahms’ Quartet in B-flat major and Beethoven’s Quartet in F major opus 135. The Quartet has chosen this celebratory and uplifting programme of two of the greatest masterpieces from the quartet repertoire to celebrate their return to the stage after lockdown. Brahms’ last quartet in B-flat major is filled with bucolic idylls, heart-meltingly beautiful melodies, and joyful exuberance.  Beethoven’s final quartet takes us from moments of great doubt and searching to glowing golden light and reassurance, with some of his most life affirming writing as he asks in the final movement – “Must it be?” With the answer – “Yes it must!” 

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker, violins, Ann Beilby, viola, Nathaniel Boyd, cello.

27 September - Bach Cello Suites, Laura van der Heijden plays Bach’s solo cello suites number 3, 4 and 5 - St Pancras’ Church, Widecombe- in- the-Moor – Matinée (3pm) and Evening (7pm)

Laura Van Der Heijden, winner of the BBC Young Musicians of the Year competition and now established as one of the most thoughtful and expressive artists of her generation, brings us Bach’s eternal Cello Suites; a balm for the soul, from this greatest of philosopher composers, in the stunning setting of St Pancras’ Church, also known as ‘The Cathedral in the Moor’.



EXMOOR WEEKEND: Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October – St Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe

2 October - Misha Mullov-Abbado and his group will play a set of original compositions from this star of the jazz scene – St Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe  - Teatime (6pm) and Late Night (9pm) 

Misha will be bringing us his unique jazz sound and award winning compositions, as well as numbers from his latest album, Dream Circus.  His concerts are always a complete thrill. 

Misha Mullov-Abbado, double bass, James Davison, trumpet and flugelhorn, Matthew Herd, alto saxophone, Sam Rapley, tenor saxophone, Liam Dunachie, piano, Scott Chapman, drums.


3 October - Elisabeth Brauss plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin – St Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe – Matinée (3pm) and Evening (7pm)

Scarlatti Sonatas K492, 380, 386, and 56, Beethoven Sonata opus 14 no 2, Mendelssohn Variations Sérieuses opus 54, Chopin, Scherzo, No 2 opus 31 

Elisabeth, winner of numerous international competitions and a current BBC New Generation artist, brings us this gorgeous and uplifting programme which she has chosen to celebrate returning to the stage after lockdown.  She will be playing some of her most cherished pieces to share with us at this special concert. 


4 October - Nicky Spence and Chris Glynn perform Schubert’s “The Fair Maid” (Die Schöne Müllerin) in a new English translation by Jeremy Sams - St Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe – Matinée (3pm) and Evening (7pm)

Nicky and Chris are two of the finest interpreters of song performing today who have collected 

an embarrassment of awards and accolades between them.  They will bring us this great song cycle, a pinnacle of the Lied repertoire, to be heard for the first time in Jeremy Sams’ new translation. 


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Guide Prices

Ticket prices range from £10 - £25



Opening Times

Two Moors Festival - Dartmoor Weekend (26 Sept 2020 - 27 Sept 2020)
Two Moors Festival - Exmoor Weekend (2 Oct 2020 - 4 Oct 2020)

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