Music in the City – Zaphyr Duo, The New Season Series

The New Season Series                                            

Professional classical music on your doorstep, or accessible by public transport. Come and be inspired by wonderful live music at St Nicholas Priory: classics, new accessible works and family favourites.


Zephyr Duo Songs Without Words

Sally Jenkins – harp; Ruth Molins – flute

Programme includes music by: Astor Piazzolla, Jean-Michel Damase, Bizet and folk melodies

Sally Jenkins and Ruth Molins first collaborated to perform Mozart, Flute and Harp Concerto, with Exeter Symphony Orchestra in March 2015. Since then they have performed in venues and concert series’ across the region including Lympstone Entertainments, Powderham Castle, Classical Cafe Cullompton, Creative Innovation Centre Taunton, Seaton Music and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The Zephyr Duo thrill audiences, with richly textured, wonderfully varied concerts, delivered with seemingly effortless musicianship by two artists in a great partnership. Their programme, Songs Without Words, exploits the rich sound world of the harp and the voice-like qualities of the flute, taking inspiration from vocal traditions and opera.


Sally Jenkins is an experienced pedal and early triple harpist, and has also presented lecture-recitals on the history of the instrument (including to the Royal Musicological Society). Performing at numerous important venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, her musical skills were developed by Jeanette Bevan (Royal Ballet Orchestra), Meinir Heulyn (Welsh National Opera Orchestra) and Frances Kelly (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment).

Ruth Molins is a founding member of Flute Cake, Marsyas Quartet, Zephyr Duo, Volo Trio and part of the collective A Quiet Night In. Devon-born, she believes in the value of high quality, professional music within the local community. She performed as a soloist with Exeter Symphony Orchestra in 2012 (Rutter, Suite Antique) and again in 2015 (Mozart, Concerto for Flute and Harp). She has been featured on Phonic FM, Soundart Radio, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio 3. In 2019 she curated and performed the Flute@37 concerts, a series of intimate performances given from her own music studio. During the 2020 lockdown, she gave live-streamed performances of Les Chants de Nectaire by Charles Koechlin, connecting weekly with listeners world-wide. In 2017 her composition, Make Room was performed at Waterstones, The Glorious Art House and Studio 36 in Exeter. Ruth teaches flute at Exeter School and privately. In 2021, Ruth was invited by Pearl flutes artist, Elizabeth Walker, to record a performance video with practice tips, as part of the Fürstenau Challenge project.

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



Jul 16 2022


19:00 - 21:00



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