I love the Simonsbath Festival for two reasons. It's the only festival I know that regularly mentions wellington boots in its programme and it has my favourite approach road to a night out, with its inspirational views away to the west on the drive down the South Molton road.
The line-up for Simonsbath Festival 2018 has now been confirmed and will be listed on a brand new website which is due to go live by mid-February
SIMONSBATH FESTIVAL 2018
Monday May 7 - Thursday June 21
Monday 7 May - 2pm
Exford Village Green
Simonsbath Festival celebrates May Day
Simonsbath Festival starts in the customary way with May Day celebrations for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday May 7 on Exford Village Green.
Besides maypole dancing and country dancing by children from Exford School, the village will be joining in with live music from Spinach for Norman and a host of other activities to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
May 12 to May 28
Simonsbath Festival Art Exhibition
The sixth annual Simonsbath Festival Art Exhibition will take place at The Old Pottery, Simonsbath, in the centre of the village just by the Exmoor Forest Inn.
The exhibition showcases some of the South West's most innovative and influential printmakers, whose work reflects something of the quality of moorland life, the physical beauty of the landscape and the diversity of the culture, flora and fauna.
This year's exhibition features framed and unframed work, all of which is for sale.
The Wellensian Consort will launch this year's festival on:
Saturday 12 May - 7.30pm
St Luke’s Church
The Wellensian Consort
The renowned Wellensian Consort return to Simonsbath for a unique programme combining traditional folk song arrangements and contemporary uplifting choral masterpieces with a specially arranged suite from Marian Matthew's bold and electrifying new choral work Incredible Jewel.
Local composer Marian Matthews has set to music the poetry of fifth generation Exmoor farmer Michael Reed, adding life and vibrancy to the work with her immediately appealing musical style. After a triumphant premiere last year in Wells, Incredible Jewel comes ‘home' for its second performance.
Heralded as one of the UK's most talented and engaging chamber choirs, the Wellensian Consort and their conductor Christopher Finch came to national prominence in 2010 when they won the coveted title of Choir of the Year in association with BBC Radio 3. All the members of this elite choir studied at Wells Cathedral School before embarking on further study at the country's leading music colleges and universities.
Over the last few years, they have recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, broadcast internationally and performed at the UK's leading venues and festivals, including Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival and City of Derry International Choral Festival.
The full programme will be published on the new website. If you would like to receive updates on events you can do so by signing up to our Festival News. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and recommend events to your friends using the social media buttons at the foot of each page.
The festival continues to prioritise its work with local schools with the project ‘Songs from the Exmoor Forest’ to revive interest in and knowledge of the traditional music and songs of Exmoor. As part of this year's festvial Wren musician Paul Wilson will once again hold a series of workshops in local schools to teach the folk music, songs and traditions collected on Exmoor from the early 20th century to the 1980s. The workshops will culminate in a Midsummer family and community concert on Thursday June 21.
As part of the project we have also collated an online song book featuring music and songs collected on Exmoor, which can be found here on the festival website.
If you would like to become a Friend of Simonsbath Festival for just £15 a year and enjoy ticket discounts and priority booking while also supporting the festival, please contact Polly Soltau.