THERE is always an element of surprise with the Two Moors Festival. Accidently dropping £85,000 pianos (in 2007 an elite grand piano was smashed to smithereens) or holding concerts in churches so remote you have to walk two miles to get there, are all part of the fun.
Concerts are always of an impeccable standard. People travel from all over the UK and overseas to Dartmoor and Exmoor to hear some of the world's most magnificent performers in remote local moorland venues play some of the most wonderful music ever written.
There are 30 events taking place this year. More than 3,000 tickets have sold already – impressive when some churches only seat 150 people. This year's events include:
From New York The Callum Au Big Band will be performing at St Peter's and St Mary Magdalene's Church, Barnstaple on Wednesday, October 16.
O Duo Percussion perform at Filleigh Village Hall on Thursday, October 17.
At All Saints' Church in North Molton, international pianist, John Lenehan, will be showing black and white movies to the original music, Mozart, Satie (with a little bit of Chaplin thrown in) on Thursday, October 17.
North Molton Primary School children are narrating the glorious story of Babar The Elephant set to Poulenc's great music on Friday, October 18 in All Saints' Church.
Leeds Piano Competition prize-winner Jayson Gillham plays everything from Chopin to Messiaen at All Saints Church, Dulverton on Saturday, October 19.
BBC Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny plays God in an epic performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde in Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday, October 23.
The festival runs from Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, October 27. Box office: 01643 831006. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit: www.thetwomoorsfestival. com.