CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES

ASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Fri 20th – Sun 22nd August 2021
Aston & Cote Village Hall, Cote Road, Aston, OX18 2DZ

Paula is playing a solo set of music at this Oxfordshire music festival on Saturday 21st August.

Astonbury Festival

BEAUTY and BOUNTY

Friday 6th September 2019
St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks HP18 9HZ
7.30pm

A celebration of the Natural World in words and music with multi-instrumentalist, Paula Tait.

£8 including wine and canapés.

St Nicholas Church

BEaconsfield through the ages in words & music

Thursday 9th May 2019
Beaconsfield United Reformed Church, 16 Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield HP9 1LW
1pm

Beaconsfield is celebrating the 750th anniversary of its Charter Fair with a concert of “Words and Music: Beaconsfield Through the Ages”.

The concert features readings about the local area, interspersed with English music from different eras of Beaconsfield’s history. There are solos on trumpet, organ, cello and jazz piano, with Paula playing Mediaeval music on the harp and singing a folk song from the 1400s.

The Harp of Mother Earth

A CELTIC HARP MEDITATION

Sunday 22nd April 2018
High Wycombe Quaker Meeting House, 25 London Rd, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ

Follow in the wake of ancient Irish seafarers on a voyage to the Islands of Music, Song and Imagination to meet Mother Earth – and find out how she came to make her harp of joy, sorrow and dreams.

In this special Celtic Harp Meditation to celebrate International Mother Earth Day, we will be combining song, music, story, sound healing and guided meditation to deepen our connection with our precious home.

(Entrance on Stuart Road. 3 minutes walk from High Wycombe train station or park on Stuart Road or in Railway Place car park)

Doors open 4.45pm for 5pm start. Finishes at 6pm with refreshments.

£10. To book tickets email paula@paulatait.com or Book Tickets Online (no booking fee).

All welcome. You do not need to do anything and no meditation experience is necessary. Just come with an open mind and heart.

SONGS OF REMEMBRANCE

Sunday 12th November 2017
The Cross Lances, 236 Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW3 3T
3pm – 4.30pm

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

The Cross Lances

VOICES FOR PEACE

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 acknowledges that “civilians, particularly women and children, account for the vast majority of those affected by armed conflict.” Yet, all to often, women are forgotten participants and voiceless victims of war.

Women and War in Their Own Words

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. Music from each poet’s culture weaves through their words, enhancing the atmosphere and allowing time for reflection. In addition, Paula will present 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?

Sunday 14th June 2015
Jordans Quaker Centre, Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2SN
3PM

Sunday 15th November 2015
Amersham Meeting House, Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0JB 
2.30pm

Sunday 17th April 2016
Watford Meeting House, 150 Church Rd, Watford WD17 4QB 
1.30pm

Saturday 7th May 2016
Edgbaston Meeting House, St James Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JP
2pm

Saturday 7th October 2017
Longfleet Baptist Church, 138 Wimborne Rd, Poole BH15 2EX 
3pm

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER’S EVENING

Sunday 9th July 2017
Bag End, High Street, Hurley SL6 5NB
6.30pm for 7pm

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

Bring along your picnic, tables and chairs and let the music work its magic in this intimate garden setting.

Tickets, price £15 available from David Burfitt (01628 823503), Elaine Mordaunt (01628 822986) or Pat Iles (01628 822032) from June.

THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Thursday 23rd February 2017
Beaconsfield United Reformed Church, Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield HP9 1LW

Meet intriguing instruments from around the world and discover their equally fascinating stories.

For this Performance-Lecture, Paula will bring along some unusual wind, string and percussion instruments – some of which are rarely seen or heard in this country. She will play each one and talk about its history, folklore and cultural background. There will be an opportunity for a “hands-on” at the end.

1pm. Free Entry.

MANY ROADS, ONE WORLD

Friday 28th October 2016
Wheatley United Reformed Church, Crown Square, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1UF
7pm

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

Join travellers, pilgrims and refugees from all walks of life wherever their journey may take them.

Featuring poetry, story, song and music from all corners of the world.

Part of One World Week.

TRAVELlERS ALL

Friday 4th March 2016
Christ Church Flackwell Heath, Chapel Rd, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe HP10 9AA
7.30PM

Saturday 20th August 2016
Bedford Quaker Meeting House,5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford MK40 2BY
7-9pm

An evening of journeys, in words and music.

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 North, South, East and West.

Tickets

4th March Flackwell Heath: A charity evening to raise money for refugees on Lesvos. All proceeds will be going to Pikpa Mytilene Open Solidarity Refugee Camp, which cares for some of the most vulnerable refugees on Lesvos.

Tickets £10 on the door or in advance from Eventbrite

20th August Bedford: To book a seat please contact helenosborn7@gmail.com or 01234 216889.

No entrance fee but donations towards costs appreciated.

THE ELEMENT OF FIRE

Wednesday 3rd February 2016
St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks HP18 9HZ
7.30pm

Hot on the heels of the festival of Candlemas, this performance explores the element of fire in its many manifestations, through poetry, story and music of many cultures and traditions.

From creation to destruction and on to purification and renewal, we meet beacons of hope, infernos of war and  fires of passion.

Includes words and music from Ireland, Korea, England, Spain, Wales, Finland, USA and the Middle East.

Part of The Five Elements Festival.

£8 including wine and canapés.

St Nicholas Church

THE SACRED MARRIAGE

Saturday 29th August 2015
Fintry Retreat House, Brook, Godalming, Surrey GU9 5UQ

This performance ties in with a retreat on The Sacred Marriage with Anne Baring. 28th – 30th August. More details to follow.

The concert is open to the public. £5. 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

Fintry Trust

REMEMBERING SREBRENICA

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

4-7pm. (Programme starts at 4.30pm prompt.)

Paula will be performing a short set of poetry and music as part of this memorial event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

We invite you to remember Srebrenica on the 20th anniversary of the genocide, with an evening programme of words, pictures and music.

Srebrenica was an integrated society that disintegrated.
Can we learn from the genocide and victims’ lives?
How can we tackle racism and hatred?

Entrance: Free. Suitable for 12+ years.

Supported by Wycombe Sharing of Faiths who promote friendship, understanding, peace and harmony between people of different faiths and culture. 

Remembering Srebrenica

LECHLADE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday 23rd May 2015
Dragon Stage, Lechlade Festival
2.15 pm

Following last year’s performance, Paula has been invited back to play another solo music set of her own material with vocals and harp.

Lechlade Festival

ST DAVID’S DAY DINNER

Monday 2nd March 2015
Datchet Golf Club, Buccleuch Road, Datchet, Berks, SL3 9BP

St David’s Day Concert with Melissa Alder (soprano); Alastair Penman (saxophone and clarinet); Helen Witney (vocals); Paula Tait (harp and poetry); David Owen (vocals) and Roger Witney (keyboards).

The evening starts at 7.30pm, with dinner at 8pm and concert at 9pm.

GREEN AND TEEMING EARTH

Wednesday 11th February 2015
St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Ickford, Bucks HP18 9HZ

A celebration of plant life, both large and small.

Part of the Seven Days of Creation Festival. This poetry and music performance focuses on the third day and the creation of the great diversity of plant life.

Featuring poetry from Kathleen Raine, W B Yeats, The Bible and more, accompanied by songs and instrumentals on the harp and other instruments. With music from England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the Middle East.

7.30pm. £8 including wine and canapés. Proceeds go to the Samaritan’s Well charity and church funds.

St Nicholas Church

POETRY AND MUSIC OF THE HARP

Thursday 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.

Concert starts at 1pm. Preceeded by optional Ploughman’s Lunch at 12.15pm.

Free. Donations towards costs of lunch welcome.

UPDATE: Newspaper Review of this Concert in the Bucks Advertiser

POETRY AND MUSIC OF THE SACRED FEMININE

Saturday 30th August 2014
Fintry Retreat House, Brook, Godalming, Surrey GU9 5UQ

There must be another way not Sappho’s
neither Messalina’s not that of Mary of Egypt
neither Magdalene’s not that of Clemence Isaure.
Another way of being human and free.
Another way of being.

From Meditation on the Threshold by Rosario Castellanos

Poetry and Music of the Sacred Feminine from many cultures.

Poets include Joy Harjo, Hildegard von Bingen and Andrew Harvey. With music from Zimbabwe, Hawaii, Scotland, Israel and elsewhere.

This performance ties in with a retreat on Awakening the Sacred Feminine with Anne Baring. 29th – 31st Aug. For more information, see the retreat flyer.

The concert is open to the public. £5.  7.30pm – 8.30pm. 

Fintry Trust

LIGHT UPON LIGHT

Sunday 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 and cultures including South African, Korean, Hawaiian, Lebanese and Japanese.

The lamps are different,
But the light is the same.


The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutation of good, evil, thought, passion.

The lamps are different,

But the Light is the same.

Rumi

Concert 3-4pm. Followed by cream tea. £8 including cream tea.

Jordans Quaker Centre

LECHLADE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sunday 25th May 2014
Tipi Stage, Lechlade Festival

Paula performs a solo music set of her own material with vocals and harp at 3.45pm.

Lechlade Festival

JOURNEYING IN FAITH

Saturday 26th April 2014
Wesley Methodist Church Hall, Priory Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SE

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

Wycombe Sharing of Faiths Women’s Evening. All women welcome. The evening starts with a meal and includes time for sharing and discussion. Book by 20th April.

6.45pm – 9.30pm.

For more information view the event flyer.

Jordans Quaker Centre

FOR THE LOVE OF LOVE

Saturday 15th February 2014
Fintry House, Church Lane, Brook, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5UQ

Paula Tait presents music and spiritual love poetry from some of the world’s great mystic poets.

With music and poetry from ancient China and Iraq, to Medieval Germany and modern day San Francisco, Ireland, Romania, Chile and more.

Instruments include harp, tin whistle, singing bowl, guitar and vocals.

3pm. £8 (£5 concessions).

Fintry Trust

THE WONDERS OF NATURE
IN WORDS & MUSIC

Sunday 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, including Catherine of Siena, Li Ching Ch’ao, Mirabai, Katri Vala, Gabriela Mistral and Kathleen Raine.

2.30pm. £8.

Jordans Quaker Centre