Cold and Magic: Winter Baroque – Joe Levy, countertenor, 7:30pm

Joe Levy returns to the priory with a new programme of specially selected songs and tunes to delight us. Join us for a very special evening in time for Valentine’s Day and February half-term.

Bar available!

‘Cold and Magic: Winter Baroque’ invites audiences to experience the music of 17th and 18th Century Europe, with a distinctly icy and mysterious tone. Join countertenor Joe Levy accompanied on the piano by Leila Kermani, for a selection of Baroque pieces. You will hear the works of Handel, Purcell, Bach and Vivaldi, alongside lesser known composers such as Lambert and Grandi.Storytelling is an essential part of how we experience Winter, and has been for the span of human history. Joe intertwines music and storytelling to give insight into the tales Baroque composers were trying to tell and to perhaps glean an understanding of European winters during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Some stories warn of the physical danger of dark and cold, others tell of mystery and magic, while many more serve to distract with drama, love and sorrow. In a period of history often portrayed as elegant and restrained, ‘Cold and Magic’ will seek to expose a different, more intriguing face of the Baroque world.

About Joe Levy

Originally trained as a violinist, Joe Levy began singing in choirs before becoming a classical countertenor. In particular, Joe has a passion for Baroque and early music, performing Purcell and Handel alongside Medieval hymns in Middle English and 17th Century folk songs. This said, he has always preferred a diverse repertoire, singing both as a countertenor and a baritone across various musical genres. This extends beyond classical singing and encompasses styles as varied as soul, jazz and folk. 

After growing up in London, Joe moved to Exeter in 2012 to study Archaeology and Anthropology and has lived here ever since. The historic setting of the city and the dramatic land and seascapes surrounding it have heavily influenced him creatively. He often interweaves history and storytelling into his performances, giving audiences an insight into the world in which each song was created. Outside of performing, Joe teaches singing at the Cygnet Theatre, a venue he works with closely and has sung in several concerts there. 

Leila Kermani

Leila has been playing the piano since the age of 5, and also has a background in classical singing and playing the flute. Her experience in piano has been largely based around the classical repertoire, and she plays a range of styles from Baroque to modern.

Born in London, Leila spent 15 years in the UK before moving to Germany with her family in 2018. In 2021, Leila moved back to the UK to study acting at the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.

St Nicholas Priory

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email


Feb 17 2023





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St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
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