Friday, 22 March 2019

Song in the South-West: looking forward to the 2019 Devon Song Festival

The Devon Song Festival was started by Devon-raised pianist Natalie Burch to create opportunities for live performance of song in the South West. This year over the weekend of 30 & 31 March 2019 there are recitals from young artists and a masterclass from the festival's patron, Sarah Walker. 

The young artists featured in the programmes include Rowan Pierce who won the inaugural Grange Festival Singing Competition and recently made her ENO debut as Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and James Newby who is a BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2016.

[James Newby will be performing my Rowan Williams' setting Winter Journey as part of the Robert Hugill in Focus event on Sunday 5 May at Conway Hall.]

The opening concert Songs of the Sea features a quartet of young artists, soprano Rowan Pierce, mezzo-soprano Felicity Turner, tenor James Way and pianist Natalie Burch in a programme celebrating songs to do with the sea, including music by Schubert, Stanford and Sondheim, at St Margaret's Church, Topsham. Then on the Sunday, James Newby and Natalie Burch will be performing Schubert's song cycle Die schone Mullerin at Stover School.

The Estuary League of Friends are able to provide transport to concerts which are then free of charge to those who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Full details from the festival website.

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