Tavistock Festival 2022

 30th April – 21st May 2022

21 DAYS of music and arts events in our beautiful market town

Welcome to another Tavistock Festival of Music and Arts.  You will see that we have planned a fabulous programme and we hope we have provided a range of events to capture the interest of all.  We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and our hosts for making the Festival possible and we are indebted to those who have given freely of their time in the preparation that has been necessary over the past two years.  We are so glad to be back!

Dr Sean Sweeney Chairman 07732 586 978 admin@tavistockfestival.org

In association with the Friends of the Tavistock Festival: Tavistock & District Chamber of Commerce • Hansford Bell Financial Planners  Alistair Kinsey Hearing & Mobility • Miller Town & Country Estate Agents • Links Magazines


Saturday 30th April
• 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Church Mount Kelly Choral Society

Sadly this event has been postponed due to COVID related absences. Further details will be provided as soon a possible.


Monday 2nd May – Saturday 21st May
Drawn to the Library Art Exhibition A display of work by twelve local artists with free  workshops for adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Further details at www.drawntothevalley.com

Tuesday 3rd May – 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church Dr Sean Sweeney (Organ) Music by Bach, Dupré, Elgar, Franck and Guilmant Tickets £5 Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey

Drawn to the Library 

Tuesday 3rd to Friday 21st May Art Exhibition in Tavistock Library

Tavistock Festival is partnering with Drawn to the Valley, a network of artists and makers who live and work in the Tamar Valley, to host an Art Exhibition and series of workshops in Tavistock Library. 

During the 3-week exhibition, called ‘Drawn to the Library’, twelve local artists will present their original artwork in the main library and adjacent meeting rooms, that are open to the public when not in use for scheduled meetings. Entry is free and the artist’s work will be for sale.

The artists will also present a series of free art workshops, for adults, on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Further information about the exhibition and how to book the workshops will be available in the Library and on the Drawn to the Valley website https://drawntothevalley.com


Thursday 5th May 2022Tavistock Parish Church 1.00pm Mary, Kamila and Leslie Mazur- Park

This event has been postponed until the Autumn 2022.


Friday 6th May – 7.00pm Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Tavistock Mount Kelly Chamber Choir and Levowan XII Retiring collectionSaturday 7th May

10.00am Tavistock Library
Creative Writing Workshop with local authors Roz Levens and Myfanwy Cook Tickets £16 or £9 half day


Tavistock Parish Church 7.30pm Stannary Brass Band 25th Anniversary Concert with Angela Rippon Further details at 
www.stannarybrassbandtavistock.org.uk/25th-anniversary-concert

Tickets £8 www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival

Children Free


Sunday 8th May – 2.30pm Tavistock Parish Church Choral Workshop A fun and informative session for singers of all abilities Tickets £5

Run by Sean Sweeney and assisted by Scott Angell, this will be a fun event for singers of all abilities. Popular music by Mozart, Rutter and Handel will be used to explore the demands of singing in our Covid ridden world. Refreshments will be provided.


Monday 9th May – 7.30pm Tavistock Guildhall Haizea Wind Quintet Tickets £8 www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival

The Haizea Wind Quintet is an ensemble created within the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Most recently they have performed at various functions for the Lord Mayor in Mansion House and in Goldsmiths Hall. They also enjoy leading workshops for various musical organisations, such as Norfolk and Saffron Walden Centre for Young Musicians. They look forward to performing in various venues around Cornwall in May 2022.

Izzy is a second year bassoon player at Guildhall. She is one of six children and grew up in Buckinghamshire. As well as being an enthusiastic bassoonist she can also play the flute, saxophone and piano. Most recently Izzy performed Mahler 2 in the Barbican Hall with Takuo Yuasa conducting.

Benat is a third year clarinetist who grew in the Basque Country. He is fluent in three languages and is passionate about literature and Basque Culture. Benat studies with Andrew Webster, Andrew Marriner and Michael Collins and is a player in the Young Spanish Orchestra. 

Before moving to London, Daisy grew up in Cambridgeshire. Currently studying with Alison Teale and Fraser MacAulay, she most recently performed with the Ubu ensemble, conducted by Simon Wills. In her spare time Daisy likes to arrange music for the Haizea Wind Quintet.

Samantha grew up in Cornwall and moved to London to study music. She regularly performs as a soprano and flautist, and is a passionate teacher for students of all ages. Samantha is taught by Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke, and recently performed in the Last Night of the Proms at the Minack Theatre and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Niamh grew up in Cork, Ireland. She studies with Angela Barnes, Phil Munds and Richard Bissil at Guildhall. Niamh most recently performed Alpine Symphony with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra  in Cadogan Hall. Before taking up the French Horn, she was an enthusiastic violin player and still enjoys playing guitar. 


Tuesday 10th May – 1.00pm Tavistock Methodist Church Children’s Concert An exciting concert for children given by talented young musicians preceded by a flag-making workshop at Tavistock Library Admission free – Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey


Wednesday 11th May – 7.30pmTavistock Parish Church Helen Porter 
– Unexpected Song
A new solo show from this popular singer 
and songwriter Tickets £6 www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival


Friday 13th May – 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church Nina Savicevic (Piano) A young national prize winner. Music by Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt Tickets £5 Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey


Tavistock Library – 7.00pm The Wheelhouse Folk Choir Admission free. For further details call 01822 612218 or email tavistock.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or send message via Messenger at https://www.facebook.com/TavistockLibrary/ 


Sunday 15th May – 3.30-5.30pm Bedford Hotel Afternoon tea/Cream Tea with entertainment from Fine Whines Featuring early jazz and swing classics from  the 1930s Tickets £15/£8 www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival


Tuesday 17th May – 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church Stella Searson/Sarah Rowe Piano A popular duet recital by these local performers. Music by Dvořák, Kreisler, Debussy, Scott Joplin,  Moskovski and Seiber, all inspired by dance Tickets £5 Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey


Thursday 19th May – 7.15 pm Live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan LakeFurther details at www.tavistockwharf.com


Saturday 21st May – 7.30pm Tavistock Parish Church North Devon Sinfonia Sibelius Finlandia, Tchaikovsky Symphony 2, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Tickets £10 Sponsored by Miller Town and Country www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival