Simonsbath Festival 2014: May 5 to June 20

The Simonsbath Festival 2014 has now finished

‘Music is mankind’s greatest miracle. From the first note, one is transported into a higher, other world.’

Alice Herz-Sommer 1903 - 2014

A message from Phyllida Lloyd - Simonsbath Festival Patron

A huge amount of will is required to keep community venues alive and humming and nothing puts more vigour back into them than a festival.  The transforming effect of unfamiliar music, songs or stories in a familiar place can be electric and once again the Simonsbath Festival is welcoming a huge range of talents on to Exmoor.

In addition to some unmissable sounding world music - gypsy, Latin American, Hot Club jazz and Swing – there are outstanding classical talents and the essential evenings of downright silliness.  Great storytellers - from the nation's Lord Douglas Hurd to our very own Paddy King-Fretts, together with other local talents of all kinds - will hopefully provoke some people to muse upon whether they themselves might have a story to tell.

Since a night at the theatre in our capital now requires a small mortgage to be taken out, this really does look like six weeks of small miracle stimulation.  Here's to it! 


Simonsbath Festival 2014  

Simonsbath Festival 2014 is now over, but please keep in touch and any feedback or suggestions are always welcome.  If you would like to become a Friend of Simonsbath Festival and enjoy ticket discounts and priority booking while also supporting the festival, please telephone Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343 or email

This year May Day celebrations launched the festival with traditional music and maypole dancing by local children, followed by a film premiere by Chris Chapman, the vocal trio Alaudiae performing sacred and operatic songs, a Gypsy Swing ensemble, a Cuban band and a talk by Lord Douglas Hurd.  

Tamsin Waley-Cohen performed Virtuoso Violin pieces on her Stradivarius to a rapt audience, while actor and baritone opera singer Karl Daymond succeeded in "Lowering the Tone" and Geoff Nichol's brought his Swing jazz band Good Vibes to the Exmoor Forest Inn. 

The Festival ended on Friday June 20 with a family and community concert at St Luke’s featuring top folk musician James Findlay and with songs from local schools.

With financial support from the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund and the Heart of Exmoor


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