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"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."
"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."
"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 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
"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!!"
"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 choir and orchestra were excellent. The soloists were inspirational and the interpretation of the music was masterful."
"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"
"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.
"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."
"A very special and memorable weekend"
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:46:27+00:00
"A very special and memorable weekend"
"Amazing, astounding, truly fabulous."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:51:16+00:00
"Amazing, astounding, truly fabulous."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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
"...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."
"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."
"Very polished, well performed and most enjoyable."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T12:56:41+00:00
"Very polished, well performed and most enjoyable."
"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."
"Best festival ever attended. Joyful atmosphere."
southwell music festival
2016-08-23T15:51:51+00:00
"Best festival ever attended. Joyful atmosphere."
"... 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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
“Anyone who doubted that conductor and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth could possibly work such magic again must now feel certain that his supremely high standards of music-making are to be the hallmark of the Southwell Music Festival for the foreseeable future."
southwell music festival
2016-08-29T18:14:55+00:00
“Anyone who doubted that conductor and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth could possibly work such magic again must now feel certain that his supremely high standards of music-making are to be the hallmark of the Southwell Music Festival for the foreseeable future."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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