• Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    1300-1400Admiral Rodney Pub

    This lively young quintet combine jazz, funk and hip-hop with a natural musicianship beyond their years.

    Admission Free

    No advance booking or tickets. Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

    Collections in aid of REACH – supporting Nottinghamshire people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 1900-2100The Old Theatre Deli

    Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 no.2 (The Joke)
    Francis Poulenc Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone, FP 33
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    The informal atmosphere of this intimate 18th century theatre is second
    only to your own sitting room. Humorous and entertaining works by
    two of classical music’s most witty composers make up the first half; the
    second comprises close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire
    including folk and pop songs and numbers from musicals. The programme
    shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers – who will also
    introduce the music. A plated meal is served at the interval and the bar is
    open throughout the evening.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £12
    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

    The performances on Thursday and Sunday are each supported by private donors

  • 1930-2115Southwell Minster

    Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in E flat major for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, Op. 20
    Richard Strauss Metamorphosen*

    Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Strauss stand at opposite ends of the
    German romantic era: the former’s titanic and revolutionary achievement
    influenced composers throughout the 19th century, while the latter’s music
    is often a swansong to a bygone age. Strauss’s final work – Metamorphosen,
    completed in 1945 – is rarely performed and it is easy to understand why:
    it is scored for 23 solo strings. This unique piece, full of what critic Alan
    Rich described as “solemn, dark, and resigned music”, is an enigma: is
    Strauss mourning the destruction of Germany in the Second World War,
    or does the title refer to war’s transformation of man into beast in the
    manner of classical metamorphosis? Beethoven’s Septet – in complete
    contrast – is serene chamber music in the style of a Mozartean serenade.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    * Directed from the violin by Jamie Campbell

  • 2000-2100The State Chamber

    Marcus FarnsworthFranz Schubert Schwanengesang, D.957

    Schwanengesang (“Swansong”) is a collection of songs written by Franz Schubert at the end of his life and published posthumously. While the songs have much in common thematically and musically, there is no narrative thread and it is not clear whether Schubert ever intended that they should be performed together. Whatever his intentions, Schwanengesang contains some of Schubert’s most inspired and haunting music.

    Marcus Farnsworth baritone
    James Baillieu piano

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £10

  • 2200-2300The Quire, Southwell Minster

    James MacMillan Seinte Mari Moder Milde
    Thomas Adès The Fayrfax Carol, Gefriolsae Me
    Benjamin Britten Sacred and Profane: Eight Medieval Lyrics, Op.91

    For this sequence of choral music, poetry and prose, Old English and Anglo-Saxon texts provide the inspiration for late 20th century choral works by three leading British composers – including a seldom-performed work by Britten from a year before his death. The Minster’s atmospheric mediaeval surroundings contribute to the intensity of the occasion.

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Victoria Newlyn actress
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

    Tickets £15
    Concession 18 years and under £5

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    1215-1315Southwell Minster

    Repertoire to include:
    Benjamin Britten Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
    Claudio Monteverdi Madrigals
    Gavin Higgins Alarms

    This eclectic showcase for the solo talents of our visiting musicians includes Monteverdi madrigals performed by the Festival Voices and spectacular music for brass from the Festival Sinfonia trumpet section, and features the distinguished harpist of the Orchestra of Opera North.

    Performers to include:
    Southwell Festival Voices
    Greg Skidmore director
    Céline Saout harp
    Graham South trumpet

    Admission free with a retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Minster’s ‘Lunchtime at the Cathedral’ series

  • 1400-1500Southwell Methodist Church

    Programme includes Debussy’s Syrinx and Vaughan Williams’ Ten Blake Songs for tenor and oboe performed by leading local musicians including Helen Askey-Murray (flute), Terry Gill (oboe) and former Minster Head Chorister Ben Inman (tenor).

    Admission Free

    No advance booking or tickets. Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

    Collections in aid of REACH – supporting Nottinghamshire people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 1600-1700Minster School Recital Hall

    Local musicians Harriet Astbury, Emma Rae Ward, Stephen Cooper, Alexander Turner and Edward Turner perform music by the English composer Eric Thiman (1900-1975).

    Admission Free

    No advance booking or tickets. Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

    Collections in aid of REACH – supporting Nottinghamshire people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 1900-2100The Old Theatre Deli

    Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 no.2 (The Joke)
    Francis Poulenc Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone, FP 33
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    The informal atmosphere of this intimate 18th century theatre is second
    only to your own sitting room. Humorous and entertaining works by
    two of classical music’s most witty composers make up the first half; the
    second comprises close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire
    including folk and pop songs and numbers from musicals. The programme
    shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers – who will also
    introduce the music. A plated meal is served at the interval and the bar is
    open throughout the evening.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £12
    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

    The performances on Thursday and Sunday are each supported by private donors

  • 1930-2115Southwell Minster

    Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in E flat major for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass, Op. 20
    Richard Strauss Metamorphosen*

    Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Strauss stand at opposite ends of the
    German romantic era: the former’s titanic and revolutionary achievement
    influenced composers throughout the 19th century, while the latter’s music
    is often a swansong to a bygone age. Strauss’s final work – Metamorphosen,
    completed in 1945 – is rarely performed and it is easy to understand why:
    it is scored for 23 solo strings. This unique piece, full of what critic Alan
    Rich described as “solemn, dark, and resigned music”, is an enigma: is
    Strauss mourning the destruction of Germany in the Second World War,
    or does the title refer to war’s transformation of man into beast in the
    manner of classical metamorphosis? Beethoven’s Septet – in complete
    contrast – is serene chamber music in the style of a Mozartean serenade.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    * Directed from the violin by Jamie Campbell

  • 2000-2100The State Chamber

    Marcus FarnsworthFranz Schubert Schwanengesang, D.957

    Schwanengesang (“Swansong”) is a collection of songs written by Franz Schubert at the end of his life and published posthumously. While the songs have much in common thematically and musically, there is no narrative thread and it is not clear whether Schubert ever intended that they should be performed together. Whatever his intentions, Schwanengesang contains some of Schubert’s most inspired and haunting music.

    Marcus Farnsworth baritone
    James Baillieu piano

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £10

    Friday’s performance is sponsored by Sally and Richard Godwin-Austen

  • 2200-2300The Crossing, Southwell Minster

    Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

    In cold, moonlit woods a woman confesses to her lover that she carries another man’s child. After brooding meditation he resolves that their love will make the child their own. As they embrace and walk on, the formerly barren night is transformed by hope and devotion. Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured
    Night”), written in a single movement for string sextet, is an early and seldom heard work by Schoenberg: its musical style blends the harmonic and structural formality of Brahms with the sensual sonorities of Wagner.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Tickets £12
    Concession 18 years and under £5

    Sponsored by a private donor

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    1000-1200The State Chamber

    A unique opportunity for local young musicians to be tutored by visiting professionals of national and international standing. As well as benefiting the performers, the Masterclass provides a fascinating insight into the
    process of classical music making. Places are limited, however if you are a young musician aged 19 or under and are at least Grade 8 standard, please contact info@southwellmusicfestival.com by 9 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 Park

  • 1030-1230Main Hall, Minster School, Nottingham Road

    Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op.67
    (Chamber arrangement by David Matthews)

    pandw_smfThis brand new feature of the Festival is a very informal concert for families with children up to and including junior school age. Enter our enchanted forest to discover Peter and the Wolf – and the bird, the cat, the duck, Peter’s grumpy grandfather and the huntsmen. The adventure begins on the day that Peter goes out into the forest leaving the garden gate open. The duck that lives in the yard takes the opportunity to go swimming in a pond nearby...

    Join the adventure with our musicians and discover how musical instruments can tell a story. Become part of the action by making your own animal mask; expect audience participation; bring cushions.

    Southwell Festival
    Chamber Soloists
    Victoria Newlyn
    narrator

    Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under
    Everyone else £5

    Seats booked on free tickets and not claimed by 10.30 on the day of the performance may be released
    Unaccompanied grown-up children (ie adults) are welcome but may be asked to sit at the back

    Sponsored by a private donor

  • 1300-1400The State Chamber

    Returns Only

    gledeningJohannes Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in
    F minor, Op. 120 (First movement)
    George Benjamin Le Tombeau de Ravel
    Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
    Leo Weiner Peregi Verbunk, Op. 40
    Francis Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, FP 184

    Nottinghamshire’s Matt Glendening is Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; last November he became Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 2015. Matt’s recital continues the link between the NYMY competition and the Festival: the adjudicator in 2015 was Marcus Farnsworth.

    Matt Glendening clarinet
    James Baillieu piano

    Tickets £15
    Concession 18 years and under £5

    Sponsored by Barbara Barker

  • 1430-1530Archbishop's Palace Walled Garden

    Members of the Lace City Chorus – Nottinghamshire’s internationally-acclaimed ladies’ barbershop chorus – share the joy of their inimitable music making. Bring a rug or folding chair.

    Admission Free
    (Southwell Methodist Church if wet)

    No advance booking or tickets. Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

    Collections in aid of REACH – supporting Nottinghamshire people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 1600-1700Southwell Library

    Elizabeth-Burgess-3bFestival pianist Libby Burgess provides an introduction to The Dream of Gerontius – from Cardinal Newman’s poem to the influence of Wagner.

    Admission free
    No advance booking or tickets
    Entry subject to availability

  • 1930-2130Southwell Minster

    dog_smfIn The Dream of Gerontius Elgar provides an epic musical setting for the
    journey of a pious man’s soul from his deathbed to his judgement before God.
    Elgar famously added John Ruskin’s words “This is the best of me...” to
    the score and many would go further: Elgar’s biographer, the late Michael
    Kennedy, described Gerontius as “unquestionably the greatest British work in
    the oratorio form”.

    Our professional chorus and orchestra are joined by an outstanding team of
    young soloists, each of whom has a growing reputation on the concert and
    opera stage and in the recording studio.

    David Butt Philip Tenor
    Anna Stéphany Mezzo Soprano
    David Soar Bass
    Southwell Festival Voices
    Southwell Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth
    conductor

    Tickets £35 £25 £15
    Concession 18 years and under £17.50 £12.50 £7.50

    Sponsored by Clarke Associates Wealth Management

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    1030-1200Southwell Minster

    Bruckner Mass in E Minor

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

  • 1230-1430The Old Theatre Deli

    Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 no.2 (The Joke)
    Francis Poulenc Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone, FP 33
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    The informal atmosphere of this intimate 18th century theatre is second
    only to your own sitting room. Humorous and entertaining works by
    two of classical music’s most witty composers make up the first half; the
    second comprises close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire
    including folk and pop songs and n umbers from musicals. The programme
    shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers – who will also
    introduce the music. A plated meal is served at the interval and the bar is
    open throughout the evening.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £12
    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

    The performances on Thursday and Sunday are each supported by private donors

  • 1530-1630Southwell Minster

    John Casken Canticle Settings

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Simon Hogan
    organ
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

  • 1645-1830The State Chamber

    Henry Purcell Fantasia upon one note
    Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Baudelaire Songs
    Henry Purcell A selection of songs arr. Britten
    Thomas Adès Catch
    Oliver Knussen …upon one note – after Henry Purcell
    Benjamin Britten String Quartet No.2, Op. 36

    The 17th century English composer Henry Purcell was the outstanding musical figure of his age and his genius has inspired composers ever since. This journey through Purcell’s musical inspiration begins with his remarkable Fantasia upon one note and ends with Benjamin Britten’s second string quartet written “in homage to Henry Purcell”: the epic finale of this major piece of 20th century chamber music is a theme and variations entitled “Chacony” – the old English word used by Purcell to describe a particular kind of variation movement. In between is a sequence of beautiful and theatrical works by younger British composers.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Alison Rose
    soprano
    James Baillieu, Libby Burgess piano

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £10

    (*EXTRA PERFORMANCE DUE TO DEMAND FOR TICKETS)

    The concert will be complemented by a free introductory talk by the
    composer John Casken, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University
    of Manchester, at 6.45pm. The talk is available to the audience from both performances.

  • 1930-2130The State Chamber

    Returns Only

    Henry Purcell Fantasia upon one note
    Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Baudelaire Songs
    Henry Purcell A selection of songs arr. Britten
    Thomas Adès Catch
    Oliver Knussen …upon one note – after Henry Purcell
    Benjamin Britten String Quartet No.2, Op. 36

    The 17th century English composer Henry Purcell was the outstanding musical figure of his age and his genius has inspired composers ever since. This journey through Purcell’s musical inspiration begins with his remarkable Fantasia upon one note and ends with Benjamin Britten’s second string quartet written “in homage to Henry Purcell”: the epic finale of this major piece of 20th century chamber music is a theme and variations entitled “Chacony” – the old English word used by Purcell to describe a particular kind of variation movement. In between is a sequence of beautiful and theatrical works by younger British composers.

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Alison Rose
    soprano
    James Baillieu, Libby Burgess piano

    Tickets £25
    Concession 18 years and under £10

    Sponsored by William and Sheila Drummond

    The concert will be preceded by a free introductory talk by the
    composer John Casken, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University
    of Manchester, at 6.45pm. Those not wishing to attend the talk will be admitted by 7.25pm.

  • 2200-2230Southwell Minster

    The Minster Lay Clerks
    Paul Hale
    Rector Chori

  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    1000-1500Southwell Minster

    (go here for the dedicated Come and Sing info page)

    cands_smfCalling all choral enthusiasts! To complement the Festival’s central performance of The Dream of Gerontius we look forward to bringing together more than 250 voices under the direction of Marcus Farnsworth for unforgettable performances of the most popular choral works from the Edwardian era – including Parry’s I was glad and Blest Pair of Sirens, Elgar’s The Spirit of the Lord and works by Stanford. Friends and family are welcome at the free post-lunch performance.

    Rehearsal 10am-1pm
    Informal performance 2pm: free attendance with retiring collection. No advance booking or tickets.

    Participant fee £15
    Concession 18 years and under £5
    Cost includes souvenir music booklet
    Pre-booking for singers essential

    Sponsored by Susan Dawson

  • 1100-1200Southwell Methodist Church

    Southwell Baroque explore the influences on JS Bach in music for flute, strings and organ by Bertali, Buxtehude and Marais, and JS Bach’s Suite in B minor.

    Admission Free

    No advance booking or tickets. Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

    Collections in aid of REACH – supporting Nottinghamshire people with learning disabilities and their families.

  • 1530-1630Southwell Minster

    Percy Whitlock Fanfare
    JS Bach Chorale Prelude on ‘Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele’ (BWV 654), Prelude & Fugue in C (‘Weimar’) (BWV 545)
    Tomáso Albinoni/Remo Giazotto Adagio
    Healey Willan Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue
    Robert Schumann Sketch in D flat for
    pedal-piano
    Henri Mulet Carillon-Sortie

    This recital is the final performance by
    Paul Hale as Rector Chori of Southwell
    Minster after 27 years of distinguished
    service, during which time the Minster’s
    musical reputation has been transformed.
    This wide-ranging and entertaining
    programme has a suitably celebratory air.

    Admission free with a retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

  • 1745-1830Southwell Minster

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