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Here are various bits of information which may be of interest to somebody. The text is posted "as received". UERSA and your Web Editor are not responsible for any errors, omissions, or anything.

email from Alastair Logan (6th June 2017):
Dear friends,

I hope you will not mind me bringing your attention to the forthcoming Exeter Festival Chorus concert since it is rather unique. We are performing David Fanshawe's amazing one-off piece, African Sanctus for percusssion quartet, soprano and SATB chorus. He wrote it as a result of his travels in Africa in the late 60s (Kenya, Sudan, Uganda) recording local musicians and sounds, which he then was inspired to blend with traditional elements of the Latin Mass. The ensuing work, involving remarkably clear original tape recordings and live singers and instrumentalists, has such an amazing range of musical genres and styles as to defy classification. The choir sings the Latin text of the Mass in styles ranging from full-on jazz, with a relentless beat driven by the striking sounds of the remarkable percussion quartet, Backbeat, to lyrical passages inspired by earlier times. The music recorded by Fanshawe both in and between sections of the Mass are the sounds of Africa ranging from an Islamic muezzin's Call to Prayer to wedding music, from Rain Dances to war drums, with rain storms, cows and frogs thrown in for good measure. To complement this some 100 images captured by Fanshawe will be projected behind the performers, providing a unique aural and visual experience. Our two performances are in the very suitable venue of the Exeter Phoenix off Gandy St on Sunday 25th June at 5pm, when accompanied children under 16 get in for 1(!) and adults for 20, and at 7.30pm (same price for adults). All seats are unreserved and the programme lasts about 75 minutes with no interval. Tickets are available either via our website (exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk) or in person or by phone from Exeter Tickets, Dix's Field, Exeter (01392 665885) or by phone from TicketSource 0333 666 3366 (booking fee 1.50 per transaction).

This should be a fantastic and unforgettable experience. Don't miss it!

Alastair Logan

PS I am still hopeful that someone can be found to take over the Music/Opera group. Do contact me if you are interested.

email from Anne Mayes (13th June 2017):
I went on one of the University Horticultural Tours which was mentioned in last week's Newsletter yesterday and found it quite interesting.  They start at Reed at 10.30 and last 90 mins. They were ten of us, four were Chinese, I was the only one who'd been connected with the University. I hadn't seen Stephen Scarr's cactus garden or the International Garden or realised how much some of the shrubs and trees had grown. We were told there are 10k trees and 18 ponds both of which have their upkeep outsourced.
They are still buying plants and flowers from the nursery we visited at Cargreen in Cornwall in 2015.
It was a relief to hear them say that there are some parts of the grounds which they can't build on!
Anne