Alice Herz-Sommer 1903 - 2014
A message from Phyllida Lloyd - Simonsbath Festival Patron
What a small community like Simonsbath might lack in access to choice and variety in the arts it makes up for in ambition and collective enthusiasm to make things happen.
It might take more effort to go out and find world-class artists and invite them to a tiny village on Exmoor, but it is an example of collective will and spirit that makes it all worthwhile.
And these exciting events can be enjoyed at a fraction of what it would cost in the capital, with the pleasure of knowing that proceeds go to St Luke’s, the festival and local charities.
While the sun can’t always be relied on to shine on Exmoor, even in May and June, Simonsbath Festival’s opening concert brings the warm Mediterranean sounds of Greek music to Simonsbath.
There’s more warmth to come with songs from his home in South Africa, sung by prize-winning baritone Njabulo Madlala, and the sound and spectacle of music from the Andes.
Experts in archaeology and the Exmoor Pony promise to inform as well as entertain, and poetry, jazz and art add to the rich variety. To top it all Pop-up Opera is poised to thrill us with nothing less than a Rossini opera.
Here’s to the success of Simonsbath Festival 2015!
Simonsbath Festival 2015
The countdown to Simonsbath Festival 2015 has begun, and tickets are selling fast for this year's events.
Simonsbath Festival 2015 will run from Bank Holiday Monday May 4 to Friday June 19 and will feature world music from Greece and Peru; a recital by the Kathleen Ferrier Prize-winning baritone Njabulo Madlala; both sacred and profane music from world-class violinist Michael Bochmann and harpist David Watkins; exciting new operatic talent from Pop-up Opera; top class jazz from Chris Gradwell, Andrew Daldorph, Andrew Barrett and Mike Thorn of Le Jazz, as well as talks, walks, a poetry workshop and reading, and an art exhibition.
The festival will end with a family and community concert at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, featuring top folk and traditional entertainers, the ever-popular Tom and Barbara Brown, with 'Songs from the Exmoor Forest' sung by children from local schools.
If you would like to become a Friend of Simonsbath Festival for just £15 a year and enjoy ticket discounts and priority booking while also supporting the festival, please telephone Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are now on sale - by phone from 01643-831451 or download the order form.