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 2018 we return to Totnes with, Great Britten!, a programme tracing a journey round Great Britain in folk song and poetry. For the first time we will also be performing in Topsham, presenting favourites from the German and English song traditions sung by rising stars of the next generation.
To reserve tickets for 2018 send us a message using the link below.
This year's concerts:
St Margaret's Church, Topsham, 13th April at 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Totnes, 14th April at 7.30pm
£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.
In a sell-out concert at the stunning Aeolian Court 2016'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. In 2017 we continued 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.