Festival Programme

22nd April – 5th May 2023

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

Full details can be found at www.tavistockfestival.org and all tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.ticketsource.co.uk/tavistock-festival

Welcome to this year’s Tavistock Festival. You will see that we have planned a wide-ranging programme and we hope we have provided 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 year. A warm welcome awaits.

Dr Sean Sweeney


07732 586 978



Saturday 22nd April 7.30pm Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church £12 free for under 18s

Mount Kelly Choral Society

Fauré Requiem and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs


Sunday 23rd April afternoon Tavistock Guildhall £10

Avalon – a female barbershop quartet (2018 Quartet Champions)

Avalon are a female barbershop and a cappella quartet based in the UK. We are proud to be the LABBS 2018 Quartet Champions!



Hit Me With a Hot Note – Words and music by Duke Ellington and Don George; Arrangement by Patrick McAlexander

There Are Worse Things I Could Do – Words and music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Arrangement by Patrick McAlexander

Give Me the Simple Life – Music by Rube Bloom, words by Harry Ruby; Arrangement by Aaron Dale

Shallow – Words and music by Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, Mark Ronson and Stefani Germanotta; Arrangement by Carole Prietto

Bring me Sunshine – Music by Arthur Kent, words by Sylvia Dee; Arrangement by David Harrington

Good Luck Charm – Words and music by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold; Arrangement by Aaron Dale

Popular – Words and music by Stephen Schwartz; Arrangement by Steve Tramack

If I May – Words and music by Charles Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy; Arrangement by Patrick McAlexander

Everything – Words and music by Michael Buble, Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies; Arrangement by Aaron Dale

Something’s Gotta Give – Words and music by Johnny Mercer; Arrangement by Patrick McAlexander

The Life I Never Led – Music by Alan Menken, words by Glenn Slater; Arrangement by Alex de Bruin

Sister Act – Music by Alan Menken, words by Glenn Slater; Arrangement by Sam Hubbard

How Far I’ll Go – Words and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Arrangement by Sophie Sanctuary

Beauty and the Beast – Music by Alan Menken, words by Howard Ashman; Arrangement by Nina Herdes

You’ll Be In My Heart – Words and music by Phil Collins; Arrangement by Joe Johnson

Reflection – Music by Matthew Wilder, words by David Zippel; Arrangement by James Whittick

Pure Imagination – Words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley; Arrangement by Kevin Keller

Java Jive – Music by Ben Oakland, words by Milton Drake; Arrangement by the Bluegrass Student Union

Anthem – Words and music by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulveaus, and Tim Rice; Arrangeent by Olle Nyman

I Got Rhythm – Words and music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Arrangement by David Wright

Sponsored by Miller Town and Country

Monday 24thth April afternoon (note change of date)

Tavistock Festival Children’s Singing Workshop Tavistock Methodist Church

An afternoon workshop led by Tracy Harding beginning at 1.00pm All welcome to view

Admission free

Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey

Wednesday 26th April 7.30pm Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Tavistock £8

Calstock’s Big Jazz Choir with Helen Porter

This concert is entitled ‘The Birds and the Bees’.  The first half is a selection of popular songs and jazz standards which will be familiar to many.  The second half is a suite of songs by Sheila Macbeth entitled ‘Bee’, with settings of words by a number of 19th and 20th century poets, 


Thursday 27th April 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church

Nina Savicevic – Piano

Popular repertoire from this talented young international prize winner, returning to Tavistock by popular demand

Admission free with retiring collection

Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey

Live broadcast of the Marriage of Figaro from the Royal Opera House 27th April

The Wharf, Tavistock 6.45pm

Further details at www.tavistockwharf.com

Shake the Shelves(Youth music event) Tavistock Library

Further details at www.facebook.com/tavistocklibrary

Friday 28th April 7.00pm Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Tavistock

Mount Kelly Chamber Choir (UK school Choir of the Year 2019-2021)

Choral music from across the centuries including folk, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary classical songs

Admission free with retiring collection

Saturday 29th April Tavistock Library

Coronation Crafts

A drop in session during the day

Further details at www.facebook.com/tavistocklibrary

Saturday 29th April Tavistock Parish Church 7.30pm

Tapestry Choir and Calstock Singers

Admission free with retiring collection

Sunday 30th April 3.30pm Gallery 26, The Bedford Hotel

A Mad Tea Party

Be welcomed by The Hatter to this short entertainment, during which a cream tea will be served. Hats must be worn!

Tickets £12 to include a cream tea


Sponsored by The Bedford Hotel

Tuesday 2nd May 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church

Lunchtime Concert

Music for piano and oboe with Mary, Kamila and Leslie Mazur-Park

Admission free with retiring collection

Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey

Wednesday 3rd May Tavistock Library

Start time 14:30

Amanda Craig – author

Amanda Craig is the author of nine novels, including The Lie Of The Land (set locally) and The Golden Rule (set on a fictional Cornish town). An acclaimed “State of the Nation” novelist she has twice been long-listed for the Women’s Prize, been chosen for Radio 4 Book At Bedtime and is a past winner of the Catherine Pakenham Award. Her fiction combines thrilling plots, strong characters, moral questions and black comedy. Most often compared to Dickens, Trollope and Kate Atkinson, she publishes The Three Graces, a novel about three elderly women friends who have retired to Tuscany, this June.

Further details at www.facebook.com/tavistocklibrary

Thursday 4th May 1.00pm Tavistock Parish Church

A Coronation Concert

A celebration of music associated with coronations and royalty. Please come suitably dressed!

Admission free with retiring collection

Sponsored by Alistair Kinsey

Richard Frankland – author Tavistock Library

Further details at www.facebook.com Tavistocklibrary

The Wheelhouse Folk Choir

7.00pm Tavistock Library

Admission free

Further details at www.facebook.com/tavistocklibrary

Friday 5th May Tavistock Library 2.00pm

A creative writing workshop with Vanni Cook

Further details at www.facebook.com/tavistocklibrary


Saturday 20th May – 7.30pm St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth

University of Plymouth Choral Society Summer Concert

Popular Opera and Oratorio Choruses

Further details at www.uopcs.org.uk