All the right notes, and in the right order: DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE and NDS play Grieg at the Landmark

North Devon’s resident symphony orchestra, the North Devon Sinfonia, is joined by one of the UK’s leading pianists in the famous Grieg Piano Concerto at the Landmark Theatre on Saturday 10th May.

Award-winning pianist, teacher and broadcaster Duncan Honeybourne is the soloist in the Grieg A minor concerto – a work which audiences of a certain age will remember being murdered by Eric Morcambe in the classic 1971 comedy sketch.

Mercifully – unlike Morcambe, who famously played “all the right notes; but not necessarily in the right order” – Duncan can be relied upon to give a sparkling performance of this much-loved concerto.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire, Duncan tours extensively as a recitalist and can often be heard performing on Radio 3. He is also currently Tutor in Piano at Southampton University and gives regular masterclasses and lecture recitals.

In 1999, at the age of 22, Duncan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. He has since built a reputation as a thought-provoking and entertaining speaker on his experience of life on the autistic spectrum.

Duncan’s performance will mark the climax of a thrilling concert by the North Devon Sinfonia at the Landmark. Other works in the programme include Mendelssohn’s overture The Hebrides, the Slavonic Dance No.8 by Dvorak and Stravinsky’s dramatic orchestral suite from his ballet The Firebird.

• North Devon Sinfonia performs at 8:00pm on Saturday, 10th May at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. All seats £12 (under-18s free) and are available from North Devon Theatres box office: 01271 32 42 42. www.northdevontheatres.org.uk

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Street and beach food near Ilfracombe, North Devon

There’s street and beach food in abundance in North Devon at the moment and the following is a list of those we’ve noticed or read about. The days mentioned below are generally when they are there. Check their websites to double check they’ll be there on the particular day and also to see some of their menus.

Calaca Loca Taqueria Truck serving chilli, tacos,quesadillas & salsas in Braunton on Friday evenings 5-8pm. You can also pre-order by telephone.

Monty’s Caribbean Kitchen Caribbean food run by Patrick and Angelina. You can also pre-orders by telephone.

Phansit’s Kitchen Authentic Thai food in Fremington on Saturday evenings.

Barricane Beach Cafe Serving delicious home-made Sri-Lankan curries at the beach just above Woolacombe.

Miles Fish and Chips Fish and chips in the middle of Georgeham on Monday nights from 5-8pm.

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31 Jan – ‘Strictly Come Prancing’ in Braunton

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14-15 November – Allo Allo at The Landmark

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Happy Birthday to Tiki – 50 years of making surfboards!

There’s a great article in Surfers Village about the history of the top British surfboard and wetsuit maker Tiki run by Tim Heyland and Dave Aldrich-Smith. Tiki have produced the video below to celebrate 50 years of making surfboards.

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Pottery Lessons with North Devon’s Jon Curtis

photo (5)Top Braunton potter Jon Curtis is now offering pottery lessons. These can either be booked in blocks of five or as individual classes. If this is of interest, just drop him a line. See what else he’s got to offer here.

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Ash Barton in Braunton – for weddings and big parties in North Devon

ashAsh Barton is a stunning grade II listed manor house on the hill above the Boode Road in Braunton run by Simon Daukes and his family as a venue for both weddings and big parties. You can find more details on their website where you can also see a section on their history.

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Introducing Saltrock’s Tok!

There’s a great page about Saltrock’s character Tok and the rest of his family here.

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Museum of British Surfing: Sixties Surfer Exhibition in Braunton (click to enlarge)

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Introducing Blue Fizz Events

If you’re looking for an event management company look no further than North Devon’s very own Blue Fizz Events. Run by Tracy Edwards, Sue Mills and Bridget Scott they’ll sort you out whether it’s weddings, corporate events or simply a party you want help with. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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