• Tue
    03
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmLondon

    In January 2014 dozens of supporters made the journey from Nottinghamshire for the Southwell Music Festival’s London launch. Once again, the Festival goes to London on Tuesday 3 February for a special concert at the South Kensington home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis.

    The programme will include Dvořák's ‘American Quartet’ (String Quartet no
    12 in F major) performed by the Southwell Music Festival Chamber Soloists
    led by Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell, with a variety of songs
    performed by Marcus Farnsworth accompanied by James Baillieu.

    Among other announcements on the night will be details of the 2015 Festival
    Friends scheme. Drinks will be served from 7.00pm. The hour-long concert (no interval) starts at 7.30pm after which canapés will be served. The evening is expected to finish before
    10pm.

    Tickets costing £30, including wine and canapés, are available from Sir Vernon’s PA Veronica Davies by emailing vernon@vef.org.uk.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    7:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    You are invited to join us at Southwell Minster on Friday 13th March at 7.30pm when we will be announcing the full programme and booking arrangements for the 2015 Festival and publishing the Festival publicity brochure.

    Admission to the launch event is free with drinks to follow.

    To help us plan the 2015 programme launch it would be very helpful to know if you will be attending. You can let us know here.

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015
    4:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Young Nottinghamshire musicians perform popular pieces, including Borodin’s String Sextet, and Bruch’s ‘Kol Nidrei’ arranged for five cellos.

    Directed by Sarah Huson-Whyte and Derek Williams

    No advance booking or tickets. Where applicable, entry subject to availability
    Collections in aid of The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015
    Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015
    Reg Taylor's Garden Centre

    More information concerning Sculpture in the Sanctuary can be found at

    www.regtaylors.co.uk

  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2015
    1:00 pmThe Old Theatre Deli, Southwell

    Jazz and big band sounds presented by local young musicians outside the Old Theatre Deli in the centre of Southwell.

    No advance booking or tickets. Where applicable, entry subject to availability
    Collections in aid of The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • 10:00 pmSouthwell Minster

    ‘Eye of the Storm’, 2007, oil on linen, by Susan Bee

    ‘Eye of the Storm’, 2007, oil on linen, by Susan Bee

    In a candlelit Minster this atmospheric sequence of words and music celebrates the power and beauty of water: the music comprises three peaks of the 20th century choral repertoire which conjure a seascape, snowbound solitude, and a breathtaking journey through the eye of a storm – all rarely heard because they demand vocal virtuosity of the highest order.

    Richard Rodney Bennett Sea Change
    Francis Poulenc Un soir de neige
    Eric Whitacre Cloudburst

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Victoria Newlyn, actress
    Marcus Farnsworth, conductor

    Tickets £12
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £5

    Sponsored by Susan Dawson

  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2015
    Fri
    28
    Aug
    2015
    7:30 pmThe State Chamber, Southwell

    Alison Rose

    Alison Rose

    Franz Schubert A selection of Lieder
    Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 (The Trout)

    Alison Rose, soprano
    Nick Pritchard, tenor
    Marcus Farnsworth, baritone
    James Baillieu, Libby Burgess, piano
    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Tickets £22
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £10

    Thursday’s performance is sponsored by Sally and Richard Godwin-Austen
    Friday’s performance is sponsored by a private donor

  • 7:30 pmThe Stage at the Old Theatre Deli

    This intimate 18th-century theatre combines an informal atmosphere with a truly
    theatrical flourish, and we have a programme to match. Our talented visiting
    instrumentalists will entertain us with chamber music spanning three centuries: a
    youthful string sextet by Brahms from the 19th contrasts with two duo sonatas – for strings from the 18th century and wind from the 20th. Members of the Festival’s professional chamber choir will then let their hair down in close harmony. A delicious supper is included and the bar is open throughout the evening.

    Johannes Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18
    Francis Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Op. 32
    Jean-Baptiste Barrière Sonata in G major (No. 4) for two cellos
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £12
    Ticket price includes a two-course supper

  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2015
    Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015
    Southwell Minster

    The Southwell Artists’ exhibition includes work in a range of media, relating broadly to the theme of music. Subjects and techniques will range from figurative drawings and paintings made during previous musical events, to abstract and interpretative images, either inspired by a specific piece of music or a visual response to music in the wider sense.

    Admission free

    Detailed information regarding the Musical Draw and Between the Lines will be available in August at

    www.southwellartists.co.uk

  • Fri
    28
    Aug
    2015
    12:15 pmSouthwell Minster

    Sarah Huson-Whyte

    Sarah Huson-Whyte

    Franz Schubert Auf dem Strom D.943 (Song for Tenor, Horn & Piano) featuring Ronan Busfield, tenor

    William Byrd Gradualia motets
    Southwell Festival Voices

    Frank Martin Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises (Trio on popular
    Irish melodies)

    Mercian Piano Trio
    Clair Stanley, violin
    Sarah Huson-Whyte, cello
    Beate Toyka, piano

    Admission free with retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets

  • 2:00 pmThe Admiral Rodney Pub, Southwell

    The lively young quintet JIALLO combine jazz, funk and hip-hop with a
    natural musicianship beyond their years between 2 & 3pm outside the Admiral Rodney.

    No advance booking or tickets. Where applicable, entry subject to availability
    Collections in aid of The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • 10:00 pmSouthwell Minster

    Haydn’s Seven Last Words is a series of meditations on the sentences uttered by Jesus in his final hours. The work exists in various forms, including a version for large-scale orchestra and chorus. Tonight, in the intensity of a darkened Minster, the Festival Soloists present this deeply moving work in the arrangement for string quartet, accompanied by readings. An intimate exploration of pain, humility and the hope of redemption.

    Franz Joseph Haydn The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Owen Sparkes, reader

    Tickets £12
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £5

    Sponsored by a Private Donor

  • 4:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Young Nottinghamshire musicians perform popular pieces, including Borodin's String Sextet, and Bruch's Kol Nidrei arranged for five cellos.

    Directed by Sarah Huson-Whyte and Derek Williams.

  • Sat
    29
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 amThe State Chamber, Southwell

    A unique opportunity for local young musicians to be tutored by visiting professional musicians of national and international standing. As well as benefiting the performers, the Masterclass will provide a fascinating insight into the process of classical music making, which will enrich the audience’s understanding and appreciation of future performances. Places are limited; however, if you are a young musician aged 19 or under and are at least Grade 8 standard, contact info@southwellmusicfestival.com by 11 May with details of your instrument/voice type to express your interest.

    Admission free
    No advance booking or tickets
    Entry subject to availability

    Sponsored by Hockerwood Eggs Ltd.

  • 10:00 amSouthwell Minster

    from 10am - 1pm

    We invite the public to take part in our Musical Draw. Visitors will have the opportunity to draw a group of musicians rehearsing, over a three-hour session. Novices, amateurs and professionals are all welcome. Children (over 10 years) should be accompanied by an adult. Materials (pencils chalks, boards, paper etc.) will be provided for a small charge. We will display the drawings on screens in the Chapter House for the public to view during the Festival.

    Detailed information regarding the Musical Draw and Between the Lines will be available in August at

    www.southwellartists.co.uk

  • 1:00 pmThe State Chamber, Southwell

    Julian Clef

    Julian Clef

    The remarkable talent of Julian Clef was recognised by Linda John from Nottinghamshire on a visit to India. He received his first formal piano training aged 16 at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and is now working towards a postgraduate Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This epic programme, performed by a young man whose star is truly in the ascendant, will undoubtedly be a memorable occasion.

    Alexander Scriabin Preludes Op. 11, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 and 14
    Alexander Scriabin Sonata No. 10 Op. 70
    Johannes Brahms Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 2
    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’

    Tickets £15
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £5

    Sponsored by Barbara Barker

  • 3:00 pmThe Walled Garden, The Archbishop's Palace, Southwell

    Essentially Brass present music from across the ages in a delightful al fresco setting.

    No advance booking or tickets. Where applicable, entry subject to availability
    Collections in aid of The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • 4:30 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Felicity Lott

    Dame Felicity Lott

    Dame Felicity Lott is one of Britain’s most celebrated and best-loved sopranos – a national treasure: Southwell Music Festival is proud that she is one of our Patrons. She talks to Hugh Canning, music critic for The Sunday Times and a keen observer of the classical music scene over nearly 40 years, about her long and distinguished career on the concert stage, in the recital hall, the opera house and the recording studio throughout the world. She will reflect on working with some of the greatest accompanists, singers, orchestras and conductors of her day and on the wide range of music she has performed: the conversation will be illustrated with excerpts from Dame Felicity’s many recordings.

    Tickets £10
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £5

  • 7:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    ELIJAH Andrew FW c Paul Foster-Williams

    Andrew Foster-Williams © Paul Foster-Williams

    The Minster is the perfect place to perform this vivid account of episodes from the life of the prophet Elijah – one of the great Old Testament figures. Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio combines his admiration for the great choral works of Bach and Handel with his early romantic genius in writing for voices and orchestra: it has been a choral favourite since a triumphant first performance at Birmingham Town Hall in 1846. This spectacular evening of earthquake, wind and fire will be brought to life by our professional orchestra and chorus and a distinguished team of young soloists led by one of Britain’s most admired bass-baritones – Andrew Foster-Williams – who takes the title role.

    Sarah Tynan, soprano
    Madeleine Shaw, mezzo soprano
    Nick Pritchard, tenor
    Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Southwell Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

    Tickets £30/£25/£20/£12
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £30/£12/£10/£5

    Sponsored by Clarke Associates Wealth Management

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015
    10:30 amSouthwell Minster

    Stravinsky Mass

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Southwell Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth, conductor
    Simon Hogan, organ

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Marcus Farnsworth, conductor
    Simon Hogan, organ

  • 5:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Solo and ensemble items performed by the talented students of the Minster School, directed by Hannah Wallis

    No advance booking or tickets. Where applicable, entry subject to availability
    Collections in aid of The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • 7:30 pmThe State Chamber, Southwell

    Image courtesy of the Roerich Museum, New York

    Image courtesy of the Roerich Museum, New York

    Four distinct and evocative sound worlds are conjured up in this compelling programme of 20th-century chamber music masterpieces – opening with the neo-classical high spirits of Stravinsky’s Octet and closing with a rare opportunity to hear his most famous score – The Rite of Spring – performed by four hands at one piano. In between we are drawn into the elegiac world of Barber’s Dover Beach, and the celebrated British composer Thomas Adès invites us to experience seven vanished or vanishing idylls – from a gondolier in lugubrious voice to the Kingdom of Night.

    Igor Stravinsky Octet for Wind Instruments
    Samuel Barber Dover Beach
    Thomas Adès Arcadiana
    Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (piano duet)

    Greg Skidmore, baritone
    James Baillieu, Libby Burgess, piano
    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Tickets £22
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £10

  • 10:00 pmSouthwell Minster

    The Minster Lay Clerks
    Paul Hale Rector Chori

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015
    Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015
    9:30 amSouthwell Racecourse

    from 9.30am-4.30pm

    More information about the Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair may be found at

    www.fielddogfairs.com

  • Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015
    10.30am-4pmMarket Square

    craft_fairHandmade products by local craftspeople

  • 10:00 amSouthwell Minster

    Rehearsal 10am–1pm
    Informal performance 2pm,
    Southwell Minster

    There are currently no places left in the Come and Sing Choir. Please visit this dedicated Come and Sing page for more details.

    Calling all choral enthusiasts! Be part of the Festival by performing Mozart’s final masterpiece alongside visiting professionals, conducted by Marcus Farnsworth. Copies will be provided – or bring your own. Friends and family are welcome at the free post-lunch performance.

    Participant fee £15
    Concession: 18 yrs and under £5

    The informal performance is free to attend (no advance booking or tickets necessary) with a retiring collection

    Sponsored by Nottinghamshire Arts Fund

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    ORGAN RECITAL Daniel CookDaniel Cook is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, in which role he is principal organist to the choir and Assistant Director of Music. As a recitalist he has performed throughout Europe. This programme celebrates the tradition of English organ music in the 20th century with works by several of our greatest composers.

    Programme to include
    Hubert Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G
    Ernest Tomlinson Paean
    Edward Elgar Prelude & Angel’s farewell from The Dream of Gerontius
    William Walton (arr. William McKie) Coronation March: Orb and Sceptre

    Admission free with retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets
    Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

  • 5:45 pmSouthwell Minster

    The Minster Girls’ Choir & Lay Clerks
    Simon Hogan, conductor
    Edward Turner, organ