Entries by Cheyney Kent

Encouraging the youngest audiences and performers

We want the Southwell Music Festival to be inclusive, and to be accessible to as wide a public as possible – whether or not they have previous experience of so-called classical music. Indeed we are particularly keen to excite newcomers with their first experience of this wonderful repertoire, which is why around half the events…

Something for Everyone!

Public booking opens today for the 2019 Southwell Music Festival. This year’s Festival takes place for six days over the August Bank Holiday – from Wednesday 21 to Monday 26 August – and comprises 35 events, of which around half are free. Founder and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth says: “We hope that this year’s Festival…

Record Support from our Festival Friends

Record support from Festival Friends A record number of people – 137 at the last count – have so far signed up as Friends for the 2019 Festival. Thank you to all our Friends for their most valuable support. In return we are delighted to offer Friends a range of exclusive benefits to increase their…

Launch Weekend!

The launch of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival will be marked by four events spread over two days – Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April – and involving the Festival’s partner charity Awards for Young Musicians. The Festival itself takes place from 21-26 August. As in previous years the programme will be announced by Artistic…

Christmas Greetings from the Southwell Music Festival

Christmas Greetings! As the year draws to a close it is appropriate to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the Festival this year – as sponsors, Friends, donors, hosts, volunteers, ticket buyers or in any other capacity. Some say it was the best yet. A Christmas Celebration We are looking forward to our Christmas…

The Real Life Event

A review of the Southwell Music Festival 2018 by Nottingham Post critic William Ruff: There’s no such thing as disappointment at the Southwell Festival – except when the tickets sell out. Forget about births, marriages and deaths: it’s the annual Southwell Music Festival that’s the real life event.  It’s not at all unusual to hear…

2018 Festival Bach B Minor Mass Review

William Ruff of the Nottingham Post attended the performance of JS Bach’s B Minor Mass in the Minster on the first night of the Festival and was moved to write this piece which he has given us permission to publish here: “Something happened in the nave of Southwell Minster on the opening night of this year’s…

2018 Performer Profiles: Matthew Gee

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming trombonist Matthew Gee back to the Southwell Music Festival. 1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do? I’m Matthew and based in Ealing in West…

2018 Performer Profiles: Benjamin Mellefont

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming clarinettist Benjamin Mellefont to the Southwell Music Festival. 1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do? My name is Benjamin Mellefont and I was born…

2018 Performer Profiles: Charlotte Ashton

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming flautist Charlotte Ashton back to the Southwell Music Festival. 1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do? My name is Charlotte Ashton and I am…