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"What made the festival memorable for me was the emotional charge in Light out of Darkness, To those who Died, and Minster Evensong - not often you see performers as well as audience members "overcome" by the occasion. Also the sheer enjoyment of music making particularly evident in Octet at classical cabaret event."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:58:59+00:00
“What made the festival memorable for me was the emotional charge in Light out of Darkness, To those who Died, and Minster Evensong – not often you see performers as well as audience members “overcome” by the occasion. Also the sheer enjoyment of music making particularly evident in Octet at classical cabaret event.”
"I enjoyed it all! The Creation was fantastic. Piano Recital awe-inspiring. Well thought out all round!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:53:32+00:00
I enjoyed it all!
"Friday in the Old Theatre Deli stage area was a very special night. Thanks for arranging this extra concert."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:06:53+00:00
“Friday in the Old Theatre Deli stage area was a very special night. Thanks for arranging this extra concert.”
"Creation: well -rehearsed and executed and a wonderful experience of uplift"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:04:28+00:00
“Creation: well -rehearsed and executed and a wonderful experience of uplift”
"The standard is extraordinarily high; the enthusiasm of the musicians completely infectious."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:50:49+00:00
“The standard is extraordinarily high; the enthusiasm of the musicians completely infectious.”
"... a community event of an astoundingly high standard"


Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:36:29+00:00
Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
“… a community event of an astoundingly high standard”
"Energetic! Good choice of madrigals and music generally. Young performers who enjoyed it as much as the audiences"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:14:11+00:00
“Energetic! Good choice of madrigals and music generally. Young performers who enjoyed it as much as the audiences”
"Aren't we lucky to have such great venues within easy reach of each other?"
southwell music festival
2016-08-24T08:26:49+00:00
“Aren’t we lucky to have such great venues within easy reach of each other?”
"...Southwell can already equal, even surpass, more established festivals."


Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:37:56+00:00
Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
“…Southwell can already equal, even surpass, more established festivals.”
"It was lovely to hear fresh young voices in the choir. I thought the quality of the performance was exceptionally good from the orchestra to soloists. The dynamics and interpretation of the Creation was excellent."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:06:06+00:00
“It was lovely to hear fresh young voices in the choir. I thought the quality of the performance was exceptionally good from the orchestra to soloists. The dynamics and interpretation of the Creation was excellent.”
"Old Theatre Deli was absolutely spellbinding, intimate and of international quality. Haydn Creation in the Minster was amazing and of such high quality."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:11:06+00:00
“Old Theatre Deli was absolutely spellbinding, intimate and of international quality. Haydn Creation in the Minster was amazing and of such high quality.”
"The performances were all outstanding. I doubt if you could hear anything any better anywhere. The programmes were varied and interesting."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:07:41+00:00
“The performances were all outstanding. I doubt if you could hear anything any better anywhere. The programmes were varied and interesting.”
"To a non- musician it was all superb!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:08:17+00:00
“To a non- musician it was all superb!”
"Outstanding choice of music - a rich variety. The quality of the performances was amazing - what a treat for little Southwell!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:05:35+00:00
“Outstanding choice of music – a rich variety. The quality of the performances was amazing – what a treat for little Southwell!”
"The Minster is an ideal base for the Festival. Great atmosphere and imaginative use of the space. State Chamber ideal for smaller scale recitals. Old Theatre has an enjoyable intimacy."
southwell music festival
2016-08-24T08:27:40+00:00
“The Minster is an ideal base for the Festival. Great atmosphere and imaginative use of the space. State Chamber ideal for smaller scale recitals. Old Theatre has an enjoyable intimacy.”
"Very polished, well performed and most enjoyable."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:56:41+00:00
“Very polished, well performed and most enjoyable.”
"The Creation - electrifying - could not be bettered. Light out of Darkness - entrancing. Classical cabaret - a superb evening for which the Deli catered extraordinarily well. Full marks to them - excellent food with exceptional music-making."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:51:38+00:00
The Creation - electrifying - could not be bettered.
"The Creation was fantastic. The choir and orchestra were excellent. The soloists were inspirational and the interpretation of the music was masterful."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:49:49+00:00
“The Creation was fantastic. The choir and orchestra were excellent. The soloists were inspirational and the interpretation of the music was masterful.”
"The eyes of the musical world now need to be directed towards Southwell in August."


William Ruff
Nottingham Post
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:37:18+00:00
William Ruff
Nottingham Post
“The eyes of the musical world now need to be directed towards Southwell in August.”
"So good to have different venues which all seemed so well kept and run."
southwell music festival
2016-08-24T08:26:24+00:00
“So good to have different venues which all seemed so well kept and run.”
"The whole festival was simply outstanding and I enjoyed every minute of it! The programmes were so well thought out and the performers' enthusiasm and wonderful playing and singing were SUPERB."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:05:05+00:00
“The whole festival was simply outstanding and I enjoyed every minute of it! The programmes were so well thought out and the performers’ enthusiasm and wonderful playing and singing were SUPERB.”
"I must congratulate you on a faultless programme of events and of apparently seamless planning. I wish we'd been free to attend more events and will do so next year and all future years. Well done indeed!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:54:46+00:00
I must congratulate you on a faultless programme of events and of apparently seamless planning.
"Excellent contributions from relatively young, energetic committed professionals. Good choice theme(s) - worked well. State Chamber has intimacy and impact."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:12:21+00:00
“Excellent contributions from relatively young, energetic committed professionals. Good choice theme(s) – worked well. State Chamber has intimacy and impact.”
"Hearing 'Creation' as the centrepiece was brilliant and was well supported by a huge audience. Friday's Chamber Classics was sublime. The professionalism, energy and delight in playing together in a very well thought out programme, was evident. As sponsors we regard it as worth every penny - we are still in Seventh Heaven!!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:57:55+00:00
“Hearing ‘Creation’ as the centrepiece was brilliant and was well supported by a huge audience. Friday’s Chamber Classics was sublime. The professionalism, energy and delight in playing together in a very well thought out programme, was evident. As sponsors we regard it as worth every penny – we are still in Seventh Heaven!!”
"Excellent choice of programmes. It was very good to hear live performances from such talented young musicians. Particularly impressed by the way the Sung Eucharist was not so much a 'performance' as an integral part of the liturgy."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:11:27+00:00
“Excellent choice of programmes. It was very good to hear live performances from such talented young musicians. Particularly impressed by the way the Sung Eucharist was not so much a ‘performance’ as an integral part of the liturgy.”
"We have been privileged to hear an outstanding quality of music. The musicians, singers and soloists have given great pleasure to those who heard them. The whole weekend has been an opportunity to experience a variety of music performance. The standard has been first class."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:07:16+00:00
“We have been privileged to hear an outstanding quality of music. The musicians, singers and soloists have given great pleasure to those who heard them. The whole weekend has been an opportunity to experience a variety of music performance. The standard has been first class.”
"Landmark performance of Haydn's Creation. Marcus very much in and with his players. It would be a pleasure to be conducted by him."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:50:48+00:00
“Landmark performance of Haydn’s Creation. Marcus very much in and with his players. It would be a pleasure to be conducted by him.”
"Imaginative, beautiful, creative and performed to utter perfection."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:52:56+00:00
“Imaginative, beautiful, creative and performed to utter perfection.”
"Some of the best chamber performances I've ever heard - I speak as an experienced classical recording engineer. Wonderfully varied programmes, avoiding some of the 'usual suspects'."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:55:20+00:00
Some of the best chamber performances I've ever heard
"Amazing, astounding, truly fabulous."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:51:16+00:00
“Amazing, astounding, truly fabulous.”
"A good choice of excellent but unusual music in both concerts attended, and excellent standards of performance by both musicians and singers."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:10:41+00:00
“A good choice of excellent but unusual music in both concerts attended, and excellent standards of performance by both musicians and singers.”
"... of the 2 events I attended I have nothing but high praise. The Light out of Darkness performance was outstanding, the music choices were outstanding. A very enjoyable and interesting concert, uplifting!"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:52:38+00:00
The Light out of Darkness performance was outstanding, the music choices were outstanding.
"Best festival ever attended. Joyful atmosphere."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:51:51+00:00
“Best festival ever attended. Joyful atmosphere.”
"A very special and memorable weekend"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:46:27+00:00
“A very special and memorable weekend”
"Exceptional! Many of the performances were beyond words. It was a privilege to be part of this inaugural festival. Well done to Marcus, the artistes and to the organising committee."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T13:12:47+00:00
“Exceptional! Many of the performances were beyond words. It was a privilege to be part of this inaugural festival. Well done to Marcus, the artistes and to the organising committee.”
amy edit
rachel ambrose evans
hannah dawson
Southwell Music Festival 2016

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