The countdown to Simonsbath Festival 2014 has begun: the website is live, tickets are on sale and the printed colour programme is on its way.
May Day celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday May 5 will launch this year’s festival with traditional music and maypole dancing by local children. And top brass ensemble Westcombe Brass will carry out a series of workshops in local schools during the first week, working towards a concert with the children on May 9.
This year’s festival programme includes the premiere of a film by Chris Chapman; a concert of sacred and operatic songs by vocal trio Alaudiae; a virtuoso violin performance by top British artist Tamsin Waley-Cohen; world music from a 10-piece Cuban band and Gypsy Swing ensemble; a high-energy and fun-filled drumming workshop; a poetry evening; a talk by Lord Douglas Hurd. And larger than life actor and baritone opera singer Karl Daymond will be resolutely Lowering the Tone.
There will also be some very Exmoor focused events such as a presentation by popular children’s author Victoria Eveleigh; Tom and Barbara’s ‘An Exmoor Garland’ and ‘Voices from the Moor’ featuring interviews of local people presented by John Burgess.
During the six-week festival period there will be lots more on, including an art exhibition, a jazz concert, guided walks and family activities, ending on Friday June 20 with a family and community concert at St Luke’s featuring top folk musician James Findlay, the La-La Voices Community Choir of Ilfracombe and local children.
Full details of the programme are available on the website www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk and you can follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to receive a free copy of the 32-page full colour printed programme, please contact Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343.