southwell music festival

Happy New Year from Southwell

Happy New Year from Southwell

The Saturday night concert forms the centrepiece of the Festival and for many is the highlight of the week, set in the beautifully grand Nave of Southwell Minster.

The 2016 Festival saw Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius performed at the Saturday Concert and we are delighted to release the recording of the Prelude for you today.

Chief Music Critic of The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning wrote of the concert:

The 39 professional choral singers made a huge sound to rival the big amateur forces Elgar envisaged, but effortlessly created a sense of intimacy in Southwell’s beautiful, far from grandiose Minster. There is a palpable sense of a community in this tiny market town, wanting to experience music at the highest level, and Farnsworth, a former chorister at the Minster, and his colleagues are providing it.

On Sunday 22nd January at 7.30pm three exceptionally talented young musicians from the Midlands – violinist Hing Tim Fung, cellist Katharine Ley, and pianist Annie McChrystal, who are all supported by AYM’s annual Awards Programme – will share a concert at Southwell Minster with leading Festival performers violinist Jamie Campbell (the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director), cellist Nathaniel Boyd and pianist Libby Burgess.  The Festival artists will perform the celebrated Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor.

Tickets (£12) are available from the Southwell Cathedral Shop or from Guy Turner on 01636 816393 or by emailing guyscottturner@gmail.com. People aged 18 and under are admitted free.

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The 2017 Festival takes place from 24-28 August.