Our co-founder and co-artistic leader, Natalie grew up in Devon and it was there that her passion for music and specifically the piano was found. Now one of the rising stars of her generation in piano accompaniment, Natalie can be found partnering singers in concerts across the country. The Devon Song Festival was born out of her passion for classical song and her commitment to spreading the wonders of this art form to as wide an audience as possible.
Natalie was a recipient of the accompanist prize at Maureen Lehane awards held at the Wigmore Hall, a finalist alongside 2nd prize winner James Way at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, a Britten-Pears & Leeds Lieder Young Artist and a participant on the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse. She was the recipient of the Sam Hutchings award to study at Oxenfoord International with Malcolm Martineau where she now returns as a staff pianist.
James was recently listed in the classical music section of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 of influential Londoners. As a soloist he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall for the Last Night of the Proms, Wiener Musikverein and Wigmore Hall. He was winner of 2nd Prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlghtenment’s Rising Stars prize for the 2017-19 seasons.
James is passionate about song repertoire and alongside his recitals with Natalie has collaborated with some of the leading song pianists including Julius Drake, Gary Matthewman and Christopher Glynn. He is committed to opening up this wonderful repertoire to as wide an audience as possible and relishes the opportunity to help programme and perform in some unique concerts for the Devon Song Festival.
Sarah Walker CBE
We are proud to have the legendary Sarah Walker CBE as our patron. Sarah's an artist of international standing on both the opera stage and in the concert hall. She is perhaps best known for her performance at the Last Night of the Proms in 1989 and her starring role in French and Saunders Opera Divas. Sarah injects a wonderful energy into all her work and can be found regularly inspiring the next generation of singers at both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music. We hope Sarah will help us inspire new audiences and we can't wait to continue working with her on developing the festival.
Devon Song Festival is part of The Song Foundation
Trustees: Natalie Burch, James Goldsbrough and Henry Southern