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Tower '60 OL, Christopher Kirwin is Chairman of a superb Music and Arts Festival held over 2 months each year in delightful Tavistock, Devon. Christopher has kindly forwarded us this year's programme of events and we thought we would share it with you


  • APRIL - MAY 2016


    The Tavistock Festival is pleased to be working in partnership with:





    In association with the: Dante Summer Festival - 11th to 15th July - www.dantequartet.orgLandulph Festival of Music and the Arts - 30th September to 16th October - www.landulphfestival.co.uk

    Moor Links Tavy Links

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    Welcome to our 14th Tavistock Festival! The 2016 Tavistock Festival (continuing to trade as the Tavistock Music & Arts Festival Ltd), again will sing the praises of all that our award winning market town has to offer. In recent years Tavistock has been voted Best Market Town in Britain and Best Food Town in the South

    West and with its charming country atmosphere, a thriving pannier market and many exceptional independent specialist shops, the Tavistock Festival is a wonderful annual addition for locals and visitors alike.

    In this, its fourteenth year, the Festival is spread over two months - again a music, arts and literary festival with art exhibitions and workshops, dramatic performances, literary and music workshops, poetry readings and lectures, in addition to the many varied musical events presenting a broad spectrum of musical styles.

    Adam Hart-Davis has now stepped down as President to become our second Life Vice President. We are delighted that Andrew Wilson, local conductor and renowned composer, has taken up the presidential role.

    Barry Gamble will give the tenth Russell Lecture introducing the Celebration of the Tinworking Landscape of Dartmoor in its European Context event. This event will take place in Tavistock from 6th to 11th May. We welcome once again, Professor Jeremy Black, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, who will give the fifth Drake Lecture on The Politics of James Bond, where he will take James Bond from the Cold War and the world of the Bond novels to the world of film and the modern age.

    We are delighted that Wurlitza, who specialise in playing live soundtracks to silent films, are returning to Tavistock to show Sunrise with Janet Gaynor,

    winner of one of the first Oscars. The Miracle Theatre return to show their film of Tin with Jenny Agutter, Benjamin Luxon and Dudley Sutton.

    Tavistocks Tavonians Theatre Company will be presenting (in various venues), their superb production of My Boy Jack by David Haig, which tells the poignant story of Rudyard Kipling and his grief for his son John, who died in the First World War.

    On World Dance Day, the Chamber Ensemble of London will give a dance based programme with accompanying dancer, and Viktor Bijelovic will once again return for this years Gala Supper.

    A major addition to our programming both during the Festival, but also throughout the year as part of the activity of the Friends of the Festival, is our work in association with the Wharf Arts Centre, in the promotion of Live Performance Broadcasts of ballet, music, opera and theatre from venues such as The Royal Opera House and the Bolshoi theatre; we are very keen to persuade all of our Patrons to support these events - a wonderful way to access live theatre.

    2016 sees us receiving invaluable, both old and new, support from our own Friends of the Tavistock Festival as well as the Bedford Hotel, Olijam Communications Ltd (Tavy Links and Moor Links magazines), Alistair Kinsey, Hansford Bell, Eldreds, Miller Town & Country, GWR, the Wharf Arts Centre and Mount Kelly Foundation, to all of whom we are most grateful. We would also like to say thank you for the support of all our regular and a number of welcome new, individual event sponsors. We are also glad to receive support from the art galleries involved in the arts element of the Festival and the Town Crier, David Turner.

    I look forward to seeing you, often, I hope, during the Festival.

    01822 859477 or [email protected]

    INTRODUCING THIS YEARS FESTIVAL: Chairman, Christopher Kirwin

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    TAVISTOCK SINGS!.. come to hear, see and experience the most beautiful things at Devons most vibrant and welcoming Arts Festival.

    Andrew Wilson, Festival President

    Director of Studies of the National College of Music, one of the four London-based examining music grade colleges.

    Visit www.andrew-m-wilson.com

    The composer, Andrew Wilson, has lived and worked in Tavistock for a quarter of a century. For many years, he was the Director of Music at Kelly College. His association with the Tavistock Festival goes back to its earliest days and he has written a series of twelve hugely popular cantatas for massed choirs to sing at the Tavistock Sings concerts.

    He has won numerous international awards for his compositions (for details see website), which have been widely recorded and performed all over the world from Australia to New York to Londons Royal Albert Hall. This year sees the premiere of his childrens operetta The Green Children, which is also to be filmed for Anglia Television.

    He composes in his Tavistock garden shed, overlooking the Tavy Valley, but also finds time to be Director of Music at Okehampton Parish Church and

    This year, we are offering members of the Friends of the Festival the chance to buy a Festival Pass; one of these will enable you to obtain a discount on the price you pay for your tickets minimum cost of Friends Membership is 20.

    Depending on the class of Pass you purchase, you will qualify for varying discounts on your tickets these tickets will need to be purchased direct from the Chairman; any sum not used by the end of the Festival will be viewed as a donation to the Friends.

    BRONZE pass 50 discount due 10

    SILVER pass 100 discount due 30

    GOLD pass 200 discount due 75

    PLATINUM pass by arrangement

    Please contact Christopher Kirwin on 01822 859477 or [email protected] for Friends membership application form and relevant pass request (cheques payable to Tavistock Festival - Bridgemoor House, Yelverton, PL20 6EA)


    The Wharf Box Office - 01822 611166 [email protected]

  • FRIDAY 1ST APRILFormal Opening of the Festival by the President, Andrew Wilson.12 noon - The Terrace Restaurant - by Private Invitation

    MUSICA variety of concerts to be held in St Eustachius Church from 16th April through to 2nd May. Highlights include Tavistocks Stannary Brass Band and Tavistock Sings! with musicians from Mount Kelly, the Chamber Ensemble of London with a guest dancer will be an unmissable event on 29th April.

    The Festival Concert Society Recital and The Festival Gala Supper (with guest musician Viktor Bijelovic) will both be held at Mount Kelly.

    The Wharf Arts Centre will be hosting a variety of musical entertainment from The Tavy Tars to the Devon County Youth Brass Band.

    ART EXHIBITIONSApril & May will come alive with various exhibitions and the Tavistock Arts Market on Saturday 16th April showcasing a number of local artists, will have something for everyone.

    DRAMA & FILMS The Tavonians Theatre Company are presenting their production of My Boy Jack at various venues throughout West Devon - a not to be missed production.

    Once again the Wharf Arts Centre will be hosting various Live Performance Broadcasts with your chance to see productions such as Giselle from the Royal Opera House and the Bolshoi Theatre with Don Quixote.

    LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPSA whole host of fascinating lectures and workshops throughout the Festival, from Tinworking on Dartmoor, to William Morris connections to Tavistock, alongside a poetry and prose workshop by Myfanwy Cook Dancing with Words.


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  • MUSICSATURDAY 16TH APRILCanoryon Lowen7.30pm. Venue: St Eustachiuss Church. Tickets 8 in advance from the Wharf Box Office (or 10 on the door)

    SUNDAY 17TH APRILMusic & Cakes @ Coffee & Cream PatisserieThroughout the day

    Stannary Brass Band Concert with guests, the Kingsmen8.00pm. Venue: The Wharf Arts Centre. Tickets in advance from the Wharf Arts Centre Box Office 8 (or 10 on the door)

    MONDAY 18TH APRILSong Recital Bianca Phillips and her students, accompanied by Chris Howarth7.30pm. Venue: Gallery 26, Bedford Hotel. Tickets: 7, bookable in advance from the Bedford Hotel Reception (or on the door)

    TUESDAY 19TH APRILOrgan Recital by Dr Sean Sweeney 1.00pm. Venue: St Eustachiuss Church(retiring collection to help defray costs)

    WEDNESDAY 20TH APRILRecital by the Mount Kelly Musicians12.30pm. Venue: The Abbey ChapelTickets 5 on the door

    Concert Society present a Clarinet & Piano Recital by Matthew Scott & Christine Zerafa 7.30pm. Venue: Melvin Hall, Mount Kelly, Parkwood Road Tickets: 13 (students free) on the door or from [email protected]

    WEDNESDAY 20TH APRILShakespeares DreamingsShakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. GBM Productions, together with international collaborators, will present the world premiere of the completely sung-through musical A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. 7.30pm. Venue: The Wharf Arts CentreTickets: 20 from Wharf Box Office, or on the door

    THURSDAY 21ST APRILViolin & Piano Recital by Elisabeth Holman & Andrew Wilson 1.00pm. Venue: St Eustachiuss Church - retiring collection to help defray costs

    Folk evening with Tavy Tars and friends, including Gypsy Train 7.30pm. Venue: Tavy Club - retiring collection to help defray costs

    FRIDAY 22ND APRILLimelight Night visiting bands 8.00pm. V