Sylvia Novak is a singer-songwriter, poet and “reporter of the female heart” from Melksham, Wiltshire, who shares her insights about love and life through her songs and writing. She has a law degree from the LSE and for the past 25 years has combined various day jobs with performing a wide musical repertoire, from the cabaret of Cole Porter, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf to pop, country and musical theatre, both as a solo act and in her own covers band. She has even written a one woman musical and poetry show entitled “Love in the Age of Technology: A Songwriter’s Internet Dating Adventure.”
Sylvia has received praise for her songs about Monet and Venice from art historian Ross King (“Mad Enchantment – Claude Monet and the Painting of the Waterlilies”) and Booker Prize judge art critic Michael Prodger. Rather like Colette at the same age (55), Sylvia found herself seeking solace from the garden and natural world when the pandemic struck and composed her song “Into the Green” on her daily Lockdown walk to the graveyard. It is both a tribute to the memory of her parents and a paean to the healing power of the April English countryside and with its lilac imagery echoes “The Wasteland”, which itself was permeated by the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Katie Melua’s music lawyer Mark Ashelford called Sylvia’s – “a beautiful voice”; and she looks forward to performing her song in June.