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Devon Song Festival 2020: I and Silence

Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode, two award-winning artists who will present their programme “I and Silence, Women’s Voices in American Song” recently released on CD by Delphian Records and praised by the Sunday Times as “A remarkable exploration of ‘women’s voices in American song’”.


‘Did I sing too loud?’ asked Emily Dickinson in 1861, in a poem set a century later by Aaron Copland.

The expectations of silence often placed on women, historically and politically, and music’s power to break through them, are the themes of this deeply personal recital by mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode.

Their programme reflects and channels the voices of female writers and musicians: Dickinson herself, Sara Teasdale and Virginia Woolf are among those whose words are set in the works brought together here, two of which – Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and Peter Lieberson’s Rilke Songs – were written for great mezzo-sopranos of the recent past, Dame Janet Baker and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Friday 27th March 2020 - 7pm
£15, free for under 18s (with ID)


Devon Song Festival 2020: Swansong

Featuring Katherine Watson, Marta-Fontanals-Simmons and James Way alongside pianist Natalie Burch. Regularly reported as one of the highlights of the festival, this hallmark concert of varied repertoire presented by several singers will this year centre around Schubert’s Swansong (Schwanengesang) song cycle.

Saturday 28th March 2020 - 7pm
£15, free for under 18s (with ID)

Devon Song Festival 2020: Illuminations

Héloïse Werner and Natalie Burch to present their recital programme Illuminations. Inspired by Britten’s famous song cycles Les Illuminations they will give a concert of this work paired with two brand new commissions. This recital comes to Devon having previously been performed at several venues including Britten’s Red House and its creation was generously supported by Wild Plum Arts in partnership with the Britten-Pears Foundation, and the Hinrichsen Foundation.

Sunday 29th March 2020 - 6pm
£15, free for under 18s (with ID)