Words & Music Concerts

Be transported across continents, cultures and centuries with inspirational poetry, story, song and music, played on a miscellany of musical instruments.

“I was absolutely bowled over by your wonderful presentation. You were so well and truly alive and in touch with your creative instinct. It was really thrilling to listen to the passion in your voice and the beauty of the music on the different instruments.” Anne Baring – Author of The Dream of the Cosmos

New Concert

The Garden at the Edge of the World

The Garden at the Edge of the World can be anything we want it to be.

At one moment, it is an English cottage garden in June; the next, an intoxicating, moonlit Persian rose garden. Now it is a serene Japanese tea garden; then it becomes a Maharajah’s opulent pleasure garden.

In the loving hands of The Gardener, it is always a place of beauty, magic and wonder.

Let’s explore The Garden’s many secrets through its songs, stories, poems and music. When we reach the end, we may chance upon an unlocked gate. Will we venture beyond the garden wall?

The Garden at the Edge of the World is the latest themed performance from singer and multi-instrumentalist, Paula Tait. Touring in 2020.

The Garden at the Edge of the World Tour has been postponed due to Covid-19. We hope to be able to bring it to you again in the future.

The Garden at the Edge of the World

Previous Concerts

Beauty and Bounty
6th September 2019

St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks HP18 9HZ

A celebration of the Natural World in words and music.

“Totally transporting, I got lost in the natural world!”
“I have never attended such a unique concert.”
“Beautiful! I was completely drawn in.”

Songs of Remembrance
12th November 2017
The Cross Lances, 236 Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW3 3TY

I am keeping it simple for this Remembrance Day Performance. Just me, harp and songs of remembrance, peace and reconciliation.

Music for a Summer’s Evening
9th July 2017
Bag End, High Street, Hurley, SL6 5NB

Enjoy an enchanted summer evening with songs and music performed on harp and other instruments.

The Secret Life of Musical Instruments
23rd February 2017:
Beaconsfield United Reformed Church, Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield HP9 1LW

With a little help from folklore, song and story, I let my instruments speak for themselves. Meet a cast of intriguing instruments from around the world.

Travellers All
28th October 2016: Wheatley United Reformed Church, Crown Square, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1UF
20th August 2016: Bedford Quaker Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY
4th March 2016: Christ Church, Chapel Rd, Flackwell Heath HP10 9AA

Our journeys may be different, but we share the same roads…

From the freedom, wonder and hardship of the road, to the welcome at the end of the journey, we follow pilgrims, exiles and seekers from all walks of life. Featuring poetry, story, song and music from all corners of the globe.

This performance was originally commissioned by a charity to raise awareness about the refugee crisis.

“Lots of very positive feedback from your audience of last week, some examples : magical, inspiring, delightful, quality of reflective peace.” Helen, Bedford Meeting

Women in War in Their Own Words
7th May 2016: Edgbaston Meeting House, St James Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JP
17th April 2016: Watford Meeting House, 150 Church Rd, Watford WD17 4QB
15th November 2015: Amersham Meeting House, Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0JB
14th June 2015: Jordans Quaker Centre, Welders Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2SN

This performance witnesses how women are affected by war by bringing to life the poetry and stories of those caught up in conflict and violence in the twentieth century.

Music from each poet’s culture weaves through their words, enhancing the atmosphere and allowing time for reflection. In addition, Paula presents her own self-penned songs inspired by these women’s poetry and stories.

Their words are at once heart-rending, shocking, provoking, uplifting and subversive. Yet, again and again, as if with one voice, these women resist war, defy inhumanity and call resoundingly for peace. Are we ready to hear them yet?

“Emotive and beautifully executed…Thank you, Paula, for a concert that few others would ever have thought of putting together, thank you again.”

The Element of Fire
3rd February 2016
St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks, HP18 9HZ

From Candles to Conflagrations, this poetry and music performance explores the many aspects of fire. Part of The Five Elements Festival.

The Sacred Marriage
28th August 2015
Fintry Retreat House, Brook, Godalming, Surrey, GU9 5UQ. 7.30pm.

Poetry and music performance to tie in with a weekend retreat by Anne Baring on The Sacred Marriage. The performance is open to the public.

Remembering Srebrenica
11th July 2015
Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe HP11BJ

A short poetry and music set will be part of this event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

Solo Music Set: Lechlade Festival
23rd May 2015
Dragon Stage, Lechlade Festival, Glos

I am happy to have been invited back to play another solo set of her own material at this popular three day festival in the Cotswolds.

Green and Teeming Earth
11th February 2015
St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks, HP18 9HZ

A celebration of plant life, both big and small. Part of the Seven Days of Creation Festival. This poetry and music performance focuses on day three and the creation of the great diversity of plant life.

Solo Music Set: Jam and Feature Night
2nd November 2014
The Six Bells, 148 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8EW

My headline set finishes off the evening, which will feature a support act plus open mic jam.

Poetry and Music of the Harp
2nd October 2014
Beaconsfield United Reformed Church, Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1LW

Celebrating an iconic instrument with poetry and music from countries traditionally associated with the harp.

Poetry and Music of the Sacred Feminine
30th August 2014
Fintry Retreat House, Brook, Godalming, Surrey, GU9 5UQ

Poetry and Music of the Sacred Feminine from many cultures.

Coincides with a retreat, Awakening the Sacred Feminine, with Anne Baring: 29th – 31st Aug. The concert is open to public.

Light Upon Light
29th June 2014
Jordans Quaker Centre, Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2SN

Focusing on the poetry of light in all its colours and shades. Music and poetry from many different traditions.

Solo Music Set: Lechlade Festival
25th May 2014
Tipi Stage, Lechlade Festival

Journeying in Faith
26th April 2104
Wesley Methodist Church Hall, Priory Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SE

The Spiritual Journey in poetry, song and music from women of different faiths.

A Wycombe Sharing of Faiths Women’s Evening. All women welcome.

For the Love of Love
15th February 2014
Fintry House, Church Lane, Brook, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5UQ

Music and spiritual love poetry from some of the world’s great mystic poets.

The Wonders of Nature
28th July 2013
Jordans Quaker Centre, Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2SN

The natural world through the eyes of mystic poets.