Devizes Arts Festival 31st May - 17th June 2018
Tickets on sale now!
The Festival Box office is open every day at Devizes Books.
Tickets for all 2018 events can be purchased now online or from the Festival Box Office.
Pick up a copy of the brochure now from many outlets across Devizes.
If you're looking for ideas on how to choose from the many events we are putting on this year, maybe you can take some inspiration from BBC Wiltshire's Sue Davies, who can be heard discussing some of the festival highlights with one of the organisers in this podcast (the interview starts approximately 70 minutes into Sue's programme)
We look forward to seeing you all in June ♦ Don't forget you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@DevizesFestival), and catch up with all the Festival related news on Devizes's very own Fantasy Radio.
Chair, Devizes Arts Festival
Sunday 3rd June
Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £24 R
This unique collaboration concert sees the world’s premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, team up with pioneering Scottish ensemble Trio HLK.
HLK’s music heavily deconstructs and reconstructs jazz standards, creating intricate new pieces with complex frameworks for improvisation.
Thursday 14th June
St Marys Church 8:15pm | £15 R
Since they formed over ten years ago, Embassy Brass have built a strong reputation as an exciting brass ensemble and members regularly perform with some of the world’s finest orchestras, artists and ensembles.
The quintet’s programs display a wonderful bouquet of English, French, German, Spanish, American and Russian Music.
Wednesday 13th June
Corn Exchange 7:30 pm | £16 R
Three cleaning ladies start up a telephone sex line!!! “The Telephone Belles”
Gladys, Elsie and Olive are cleaning ladies about to be “put out to pasture” by their manager. Feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, they have to boost their falling income!
Thursday 7th June
Devizes Town Hall 8:00pm | £18 R
The Elias String Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of their generation. Known for their intense and vibrant performances, the quartet has travelled the globe collaborating with some of the finest musicians and playing in the world’s great halls.
Following its deep immersion in Beethoven’s quartets, in this performance the Elias turns to musical reflections of national identity and autobiography.
Thursday 31st May
Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £16 R
How often can you hear a former Shadow Home Secretary revealing what life is really like at the centre (well OK, right of centre) of British politics? Ann had a formidable reputation in Parliament and remains relentlessly outspoken. However, live on stage Ann is engaging, entertaining and refreshingly down to earth.
Saturday 16th June
Corn Exchange 8:00pm | £20 Standing only
From punk princess to cult stage actress and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world.
Apphia Campbell : Soul Sessions Double Bill
Friday 8th June
Merchants Suite 8:00pm | £16 U
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
The second part of the evening is Apphia’s Soul Sessions cabaret, celebrating Simone’s brilliant music.
Robert Powell & Liza Goddard
Sunday 10th June
Town Hall 7:30pm | £22 R
Much loved actors Robert Powell and Liza Goddard present A Passionate Life which celebrates the extraordinary life and times of the composer Claude Debussy.
Originally staged in 2012 to mark his 150th anniversary, it reveals a man who was a revolutionary genius, who lived for love, and attracted drama and scandal wherever he went. Robert and Liza present Debussy’s turbulent times through his own brilliantly vivid, sometimes moving, often humorous writings.