Devon Song Festival
Patron: Sarah Walker CBE
Providing an annual weekend of song in the beautiful surrounds of Devon, the Devon Song Festival aims to invite award-winning young singers to bring fantastic song to new audiences. Established in 2016 the festival programmes concerts that feature well-known repertoire whilst also exploring some unjustly neglected gems in dramatic and accessible programmes.
In a sell-out concert at the stunning Aeolian Court last year's programme A Woman's Life in Love and Song featured excerpts from Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und leben’ interspersed with some of Brahms’ most beautiful songs, a number of duets by the two composers, and letters and poetry illuminating the complicated relationship between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara, and her great admirer, Johannes Brahms.
This year we continue our journey through Devon with a concert at Totnes' beautiful St Mary's Church for a programme featuring Schumann's dramatic Spanisches Liederspiel and songs by Barber, Schubert and Schumann. To reserve tickets for this year's festival send us a message using the link below.
This year's concert: St Mary's Church, Totnes, 22nd April at 7pm
£12 (£10 over 65, free for under 18s)
We are thrilled to anounce that Sarah Walker CBE has agreed to be the patron of the Devon Song Festival. Sarah's an artist of international standing on both the opera stage and in the concert hall. She is perhaps best known for her performance at the Last Night of the Proms in 1989 and her starring role in French and Saunders Opera Divas. We can't wait to continue working with her on developing the festival.
The 2016 festival was launched in the stunning setting of Aeolian Court, Chudleigh. The programme A Women's Life in Love and Song featured music from Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben along with songs and duets by Schumann and Brahms, interspersed with readings taken from Robert Schumann and Clara Schuman's diaries and personal correspondence.