SMAF Programme

Somerton Music & Arts Festival 4th – 11th July 2020


Saturday 4th July

Concert of Two Choirs. Our local Mid Wessex Singers will open the event with a selection of music from their repertoire, with perhaps some acknowledgment of American Independence Day.  The Renewal Gospel Choir from Bristol will perform the second half of the evening following the interval. We are excited to be welcoming both choirs to the beautiful Parish Church of St Michael’s, which will provide the venue for a number of events during Festival week.

Sunday 5th July

Festival Service of Celebration at St Michael’s Church. Details to follow nearer the event.

Somerton Community Fun Day

In the afternoon a new look to a bigger, better Community Festival Family Fun Day on the Recreation Ground, Gassons Lane. Live music and other entertainment, sports, fun and frolics!

Monday 6th July

The Annual Festival Quiz Night, once again hosted at Somerton Sports Club.

Tuesday 7th July

In the evening we are pleased to present “The Flute Cake Trio” with an evening of varied music, from well loved classical pieces through to more contemporary work.  “Flute Cake”  are an Exeter based trio of outstanding individual performers who come together for performances at events and Festivals like ours. This event takes place in St Michael’s Church.

Wednesday 8th July

Meet a Tudor Maid in a live interactive talk with living history presenter Kay Wych. Kay takes on her character as a maid from the Tudor period and we are transported back in time as we hear of her trials and tribulations during a period of social change and religious and political unrest. This event takes place in Somerton’s Parish Rooms.

Thursday 9th July

Back into St Michael’s where we welcome back multi-instrumentalist Simeon Wood, who can seemingly play anything from Andean pipes to a watering can and a length of garden hose.

Friday 10th July

Poetry afternoon with Fred Phelps (including afternoon tea). Fred writes and recites his own humorous poetry and links pieces with anecdotes from his own life and experience.

Another favourite from a previous Festival in St Michael’s is the Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society with a concert entitled “An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan”. With choral pieces, duets and solos we shall be enjoying music from the operettas, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “The Mikado” and others.

In the evening the Merchant Men will be performing their personal take on Sea Shanties in The Etsome Arms.

Saturday 11th July

Our “Family Festival of Music in a Day” – See our Somerstock 2020 Page for further details.