2016 Programme

The structure of the Festival is listed below. Confirmed acts are listed- public tickets will be on sale from this website from 22  May 2016. Become a Friend and get priority booking from 1 April 2016. As further acts are confirmed we will update this programme


For evening events we advise you to bring torches, and please note the car park is a five-minute walk from St Mary's Church with a slight gradient. The Village Hall is almost opposite the car park. The Skittle Alley is at the White Horse Inn, a short way on from the church. For comfort, you may like to bring cushions or a rug if chilly to performances in the church

Friday 2 September

The Square, 6.15pm 
LA Dancers Free
Hannah Cumming

St Mary’s Church 7.30pm
Sally Barker with Trio  £16/£12

White Horse Skittle Alley 9.45pm
After Hours in the Alley 
Thirsty Jenny Free

Saturday 3 September

The Skittle Alley of The White Horse Inn 10 am-12.00

The Big Sing

Singing Workshop with Yvette Staelens

£10 to include refreshments

St Mary’s Church 10.30am
William Whitehead, Organ
The Phoenix Singers

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 545 
From the Orgelbüchlein of Bach, and the Orgelbüchlein Project (www.orgelbuechlein.com):
Choir Chorale:Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring
Dick Koomans (b 1957)  Werde munter, mein Gemüthe
Choir chorale: Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Jacques van Oortmerssen (1950-2015) Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Choir chorale: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder
Jon Laukvik (b 1952)  Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder 
Choir chorale: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf (arr Whitehead)
J.S. Bach Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf BWV 617
Choir chorale: All people that on earth do dwell
Iain Farrington (b 1977) Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir
Choir: O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht BWV 118 

Vivaldi (arr. Bach) Concerto in A minor
John Ireland  Miniature Suite

Peter Whitlock (1903-47) 'Bucket and Spade' Polka
Charles Villiers Stanford, Fantasia and Toccata in D minor


Village Hall 12.30pm
Kadia Folk Trio

St Mary's Church 2pm

Poetry reading

Norman Bowler reads the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge with accompaniment by Ruth Molins on Flute

Free  - Donations in support of the Aikiyam School, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India where Norman Bowler teaches English and drama to the children.The school needs your help to enable it to continue to provide education to more than 225 children from underprivileged backgrounds living in villages around Auroville.

The Square 3pm
Voice of the People Choir
Jekyll & Hyde
Thirsty Jenny

Village Hall 4pm
Club of No Regrets, Swing Jazz


St Mary’s Church 6.30pm
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet  £20/ £15
L'Italiana in Algeri - Gioachino Rossini, arr Richard Safhill
Concerto Brandebourgeois no. 6, BWV.1051 – J.S.Bach, arr. J.F.Smith
Capriccio Espagnol - N. Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. W. Kanengiser


Quiccan - Andrew York
Themes from Frida - Elliot Goldenthal, arr. Mike Bake
Il Postino - Luis Bacalov, arr. Rory Russell
De Usuahia a la Quiaca - Gustavo Santaolalla (from Motorcycle Diaries), arr. Vasilis Bessas
Palhaco - Egberto Gismonti, arr. James Jervis
Folias - Ian Krouse

Village Hall 9pm
Johnny Mars –A Musical Journey - Conversation and Concert £10

Part 1 for about 25 minutes will be Johnny in conversation particularly about his early life and musical influences including 2 or 3 tunes/songs and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. After the interval, part 2 will be Johnny in concert, featuring some blues classics, estimated duration a little over an hour.

Sunday 4 September

St Mary's Church 10.30am
Somerset Young Musicians £5
Jess Hughes Harp
Evie KIng from the Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians Flute

 Repertoire for Jess Hughes on Harp 


  • 'Priere' ('Prayer')  by Marc Delmas

3 pieces by Romantic French composers:

    • 'Chanson de Mai' ('May Song') by Hasselmanns
    • 'Berceuse Russe' ('Russian Lullaby') by Marcel Tournier
    • 'Au Bord de Ruisseau' ('On the River Bank') by Henriette Renie
  •  'O'Carolan's Concerto' by Turloch O'Carolan
  • 'Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn' ('Watching the Wheat')    Traditional Welsh
  • 'Moon River' arranged by Skaila Kanga.

Repertoire for Evie King on flute

Georg Friedrich Händel- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Elgar- Chanson du Matin 

Jules Massenet - Méditation  from Thaïs

Gabriel Fauré- Sicilienne 

John Rutter - Prelude from Suite Antique

Yoshihisa Hirano - Sinfionetta in C-dur

W.A. Mozart - Allegro aperto, 1st movement from Flute Concerto in D Major, K.314/285d

Evie and Jess will play together two pieces by Georges Bizet - Entr'acte from the Third Act of ‘Carmen’ and Minuet from ‘L'Arlésienne’ arranged by Kurt Walther for flute and harp.


Skittle Alley 1pm- 3.30pm
Creative Writing Workshop with Cynthia Hurn and Graeme Ryan

Village Hall 1pm
Kizzy Crawford £8
Soul/ Jazz 

The Square 3.00pm
Stoggymen Free
Mitchell & Vincent

Village Hall 4pm
Jacob and Drinkwater £10
Indie Acoustic  Folk Duo

St Mary’s Church 6.30pm
Choral Evensong with Visiting Choir In Ecclesia

Musical Director: Laurence Blyth
Guest Conductor: Michael Graham
Organist: Simon Forrester
Introit: Pitoni Cantate Domino
Responses: Radcliffe
Psalm 121
Canticles: Sumsion in G
Anthem: Geraint Lewis The Souls of the Righteous

Address: Rt Rev Ruth Worsley,  Bishop of Taunton

Brand-new to the Festival!  Two workshop opportunities. A Saturday morning singing workshop ' The Big Sing' with Yvette Staelens and  ‘Feeling into Words’: A Sunday afternoon of Creative Writing with author Cynthia Hurn assisted by Stogumber writer, Graeme Ryan



Tickets £10 to include tea, coffee and biscuits

Minimum 20 participants for singing and 8 participants for writing



This will be followed by a Tea-Time Poetry Performance in the Skittle Alley at The White Horse Inn at 3.30 – 4.30 pm  on Sunday 4th September featuring some of the Taunton-based Fire River Poets group, plus an invitation for any workshop attendee to read what they have written that very afternoon! 

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