• Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017
    1:00 pmThe Admiral Rodney Pub

    As well as excellence and community involvement our Festival offers spontaneity and the unexpected, and this event is a case in point. Come along and find out what we have in store to launch our Festival Fringe in the centre of town – the first event of the 2017 Festival.

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

    Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

  • 7:00 pmThe State Chamber

    How many voices do you need for an interesting musical conversation? This programme shows how composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries have risen to the challenges of trio writing and in the process created some of their most memorable music – from the highly individual sonorities of Brahms to Shostakovich’s epic use of the familiar piano trio (violin, cello and piano). The concert will also feature work by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers, Charlotte Bray (pictured).

    Performers include two of this year’s outstanding guests – mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly and international viola player Lena Eckels.

    The State Chamber, described by The Sunday Times Chief Classical Music Critic Hugh Canning as “perfect for chamber music and song”, is the ideal setting for this intimate music-making.

    Johannes Brahms Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91¹
    Charlotte Bray Two Shakespearean Piano Trios: That Crazed Smile / Those Secret Eyes¹
    Johannes Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40²
    Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67³

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Rachel Kelly mezzo soprano
    Sara Wolstenholme violin
    Lena Eckels viola
    Nathaniel Boyd cello
    James Pillai horn
    James Baillieu³, Libby Burgess¹, James Cheung² piano

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £10

    Supported by a group of Friends

  • 7:15 pmThe Old Theatre Deli

    Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. Last year one concert-goer said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”.

    The eclectic programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers, and the versatility of the Artistic Director, with instrumental repertoire in the first half and popular close harmony vocal arrangements in the second, including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

    Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and String Trio, K292 (arr Iain Farrington)
    Steve Reich Clapping Music
    Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 for
    Flute and Bassoon
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Katherine Bryan flute
    Amy Harman bassoon
    Keith Price percussion
    Marcus Farnsworth guest percussionist
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £12

    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

    Sponsored by a private sponsor

  • 8:15 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    Last year’s unforgettable performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen revealed the potential of the Minster’s 13th century Quire as an ideal space and acoustic in which to present the Festival’s outstanding body of string players.

    This year three highly attractive works for string orchestra from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century are contrasted with brief but arresting contributions from the Festival’s brass players. Arvo Pärt’s haunting Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten expresses his admiration for Britten, whose Les Illuminations announced the arrival of a genius: the song cycle, setting poems by Arthur Rimbaud, was written when Britten was still in his 20s. The concert ends with Vaughan Williams’ radiant and revolutionary Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis which was conceived with a cathedral acoustic in mind – in this case Gloucester Cathedral where it was premiered at the 1910 Three Choirs Festival.

    Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten*
    Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18*§
    Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis†
    Music for brass ensemble

    Alison Rose§ soprano
    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    *Conducted by Marcus Farnsworth
    †Directed from the violin by Jamie Campbell

    Supported by a private sponsor

  • 10:00 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    Buxtehude, a contemporary of Bach, is one of the masters of the late Baroque; Membra Jesu Nostri patientis sanctissima (The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus) is one of his most powerful works; the Minster late at night is the perfect setting for a rare performance.

    This unique meditation on the body of the crucified Christ is in seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ’s body – feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and head. In each part biblical words frame verses of a mediaeval poem.

    The work is scored for five voices, two violins and basso continuo and in part 6, Ad cor (To the heart), a viol consort is added for dramatic effect.

    A one-to-a-part consort drawn from the Festival Voices will be joined by leading specialist baroque players – the Little Baroque Company and the Chelys Consort.

    Southwell Festival Voices
    The Little Baroque Company
    Chelys Consort of Viols

    Tickets £12
    18 years and under £5

    Sponsored by a private sponsor

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017
    11:00 amThe Minster School Recital Hall

    A recital by some of the East Midlands’ most talented young performers, all of whom are supported by Awards for Young Musicians which helps exceptional young people to develop their musical skills to their full potential. Southwell Music Festival is proud to work with AYM to give a platform to local young talent.

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

    Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

  • 12:15 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    In 2017 the Festival embarks on a new project to support the development of emerging talent on the British classical music scene: this concert will be a showcase for the youngest members of the Festival’s ensemble of singers and players.

    The instrumentalists will be some of the most talented undergraduate players at the UK’s leading conservatoires who are in Southwell as part of the Festival’s new Performer Development programme.

    The singers taking part are graduates of The Sixteen’s Genesis programme: the opportunity to sing alongside some of the UK’s most experienced consort singers is an extension of that training and the result of a joint initiative by our Patron Harry Christophers and Marcus Farnsworth.

    Repertoire, and the names of performers, will be confirmed closer to the time of the concert.

    Admission Free
    Retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the ‘Friday lunchtime in the Cathedral’ series

  • 3:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Nottinghamshire’s multi-talented Mirabilé were crowned best female choir at the 2016 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Their programme ranges from classical choral music and unaccompanied folk song to works by 21st century composers – all showcasing the breadth and depth of the choir’s outstanding ability.

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

    Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

  • 7:00 pmThe State Chamber

    How many voices do you need for an interesting musical conversation? This programme shows how composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries have risen to the challenges of trio writing and in the process created some of their most memorable music – from the highly individual sonorities of Brahms to Shostakovich’s epic use of the familiar piano trio (violin, cello and piano). The concert will also feature work by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers, Charlotte Bray (pictured).

    Performers include two of this year’s outstanding guests – mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly and international viola player Lena Eckels.

    The State Chamber, described by The Sunday Times Chief Classical Music Critic Hugh Canning as “perfect for chamber music and song”, is the ideal setting for this intimate music-making.

    Johannes Brahms Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91¹
    Charlotte Bray Two Shakespearean Piano Trios: That Crazed Smile / Those Secret Eyes¹
    Johannes Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40²
    Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67³

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Rachel Kelly mezzo soprano
    Sara Wolstenholme violin
    Lena Eckels viola
    Nathaniel Boyd cello
    James Pillai horn
    James Baillieu³, Libby Burgess¹, James Cheung² piano

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £10

    Supported by a private sponsor

  • 7:15 pmThe Old Theatre Deli

    Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. Last year one concert-goer said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”.

    The eclectic programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers, and the versatility of the Artistic Director, with instrumental repertoire in the first half and popular close harmony vocal arrangements in the second, including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

    Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and String Trio, K292 (arr Iain Farrington)
    Steve Reich Clapping Music
    Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 for
    Flute and Bassoon
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Katherine Bryan flute
    Amy Harman bassoon
    Keith Price percussion
    Marcus Farnsworth guest percussionist
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £12

    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

    Sponsored by Gerald Berwick

  • 8:15 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    Last year’s unforgettable performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen revealed the potential of the Minster’s 13th century Quire as an ideal space and acoustic in which to present the Festival’s outstanding body of string players.

    This year three highly attractive works for string orchestra from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century are contrasted with brief but arresting contributions from the Festival’s brass players. Arvo Pärt’s haunting Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten expresses his admiration for Britten, whose Les Illuminations announced the arrival of a genius: the song cycle, setting poems by Arthur Rimbaud, was written when Britten was still in his 20s. The concert ends with Vaughan Williams’ radiant and revolutionary Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis which was conceived with a cathedral acoustic in mind – in this case Gloucester Cathedral where it was premiered at the 1910 Three Choirs Festival.

    Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten*
    Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18*§
    Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis†
    Music for brass ensemble

    Alison Rose§ soprano
    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    *Conducted by Marcus Farnsworth
    †Directed from the violin by Jamie Campbell

  • 10:00 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    This sequence of choral music, poetry and prose featuring the highly accomplished Festival Voices in the stillness of the darkened Minster has become an emotional high point of the Festival.

    Francis Poulenc was one of the 20th century’s outstanding choral composers and his cantata for double choir, around which this programme is built, is a choral tour de force and a hymn to Liberté victorious over tyranny.

    The programme presents the response of composers, poets and writers to tyranny and oppression in widely differing circumstances – from Byrd and Tallis as catholics in Elizabeth I’s protestant England, and Tormis and Pärt in Estonia under Soviet rule, to Poulenc himself in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

    William Byrd Vigilate
    Arvo Pärt Solfeggio
    Thomas Tallis Miserere Nostri
    Veljo Tormis Spring Song
    Francis Poulenc Figure Humaine FP 120

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Victoria Newlyn actress
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

    Tickets £15
    18 years and under £5

    In memory of Derek Chetwin

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amThe 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.

    If you are a young musician aged 19 or under, are at least Grade 8 standard and would be interested in taking part, please contact info@southwellmusicfestival.com by 8 May with details of your instrument/voice type.

    Places are limited.

    Admission Free
    No advance booking or tickets

  • 10:15 amMain Hall, The Minster School, Nottingham Road

    After last year’s highly successful inaugural event, the Family Concert is already a Festival tradition. This very informal concert for families with children up to and including junior school age presents Poulenc’s musical setting of The story of Babar the little elephant.

    In Jean de Brunhoff’s charming and timeless story the baby Babar loses his mother to a hunter in the jungle. Terribly upset, he runs away to Paris where he meets a rich old lady who loves looking after elephants. She gives Babar everything he needs to become an elegant gentleman but not to find happiness: this is only found when he is reunited with his cousins Artur and Celeste. He returns with them to the jungle, becomes King of the Elephants, and discovers true happiness with Celeste as his Queen.

    Become part of the action by making your own animal mask. Expect audience participation. Bring cushions.

    Francis Poulenc L’histoire de Babar le petit éléphant, FP 129
    (arranged for chamber ensemble by David Matthews)
    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
    Victoria Newlyn narrator

    Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under. Everyone else £8
    A £1 donation on the day is suggested towards the cost of craft materials.
    All tickets may be booked in advance.

    Unaccompanied grown-up children (ie adults) are
    welcome but may be asked to sit at the back.

    Sponsored by Hockerwood Park

  • 1:00 pmThe Nave Southwell Minster

    For Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winning BBC Young Musician 2016 was only the most high profile of a string of distinctions, prizes, awards and scholarshipswhich began when, aged nine, he gained the highest mark in the UK for Grade 8 cello – only three years after starting lessons with Southwell’s Sarah Huson-
    Whyte.

    One of our Festival’s founding principles is to give opportunities to young musicians and the Saturday morning Masterclass and Lunchtime Recital are
    fundamental to this approach. In 2015 Sheku took part in the Masterclass – working on the Shostakovich concerto which he performed to win BBC Young Musician. We warmly congratulate Sheku on his success and are thrilled that he has returned to give a recital at the first opportunity.

    Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in G minor Op. 5 no. 2
    Gaspar Cassadó Suite for Solo Cello
    Alexander Scriabin Etude Op. 8 no. 11
    David Popper Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
    James Baillieu piano

    Tickets Front nave £20; Rear nave £10; Aisles £5
    18 years and under £5

    Jointly sponsored by Barbara Barker and Doug and Vicki Black

  • 2:30 pmThe Walled Garden (The State Chamber, if wet)

    Essentially Brass, a professional brass quintet based in the East Midlands, performs music from the Renaissance to the present day in the beautiful walled garden of the Archbishop’s Palace. This highly experienced ensemble, who have performed throughout the UK, return to Southwell to reprise their popular appearance at the 2015 Festival.

    Bring a rug or folding chair.

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

    Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

  • 4:00 pmSouthwell Public Library

    Mozart’s Mass in C minor is one of the great unfinished pieces. Given the pressures he was under at the time perhaps this is not surprising – a famous public figure in celebrity-conscious Vienna with pressing domestic demands and constant financial insecurity. Libby Burgess' lecture will explore these and other fascinating aspects of Mozart’s life and how they shaped his music.

    Admission Free. No advance booking or tickets. Entry subject to availability.

    A small display kindly organised by the Minster Library relating to Mozart and his
    times will be on show in the Chapter House passage throughout the Festival.

  • 7:30 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    These two works, both from the 1780s, illustrate the genius of Mozart at the height of his powers – taking both the piano concerto and music for the Mass to new levels of musical originality and emotional profundity. As in so much of Mozart’s music the opera stage is never far away...

    Our professional chorus and orchestra are joined by two outstanding soloists each with growing reputations on the opera and concert stage and in the recording studio. We welcome the young Irish mezzo Rachel Kelly, who recently completed the Royal Opera’s Young Artists programme, and the return of Sophie Bevan who was the soprano soloist in The Creation at our inaugural Festival in 2014.

    James Baillieu is simply one of the most distinguished accompanists working in Britain today. The Festival is proud that he is one of our ‘house’ pianists and delighted that he now takes the spotlight to perform one of Mozart’s great piano concertos. (The slow movement may be familiar to older listeners: it featured in the 1960s film Elvira Madigan.)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C
    K467 Great Mass in C minor, K427

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Southwell Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth
    conductor

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

  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017
    10:30 amThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Southwell Festival Sinfonia
    Paul Provost
    organist
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

  • 12:15 pmThe Old Theatre Deli

    Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. Last year one concert-goer said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”.

    The eclectic programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers, and the versatility of the Artistic Director, with instrumental repertoire in the first half and popular close harmony vocal arrangements in the second, including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

    Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and String Trio, K292 (arr Iain Farrington)
    Steve Reich Clapping Music
    Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 for
    Flute and Bassoon
    A selection of close harmony arrangements

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Katherine Bryan flute
    Amy Harman bassoon
    Keith Price percussion
    Marcus Farnsworth guest percussionist
    Festival Voices Unleashed

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £12

    Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

  • 3:30 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Simon Hogan organist
    Marcus Farnsworth
    conductor

  • 7:30 pmThe Crossing, Southwell Minster

    The remarkable conjunction of French compositional genius in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is celebrated in this programme. To perform it we have created our own conjunction of stellar talent including Katherine Bryan, one of the most sought after flautists in Britain today and Céline Saout, the Principal Harp with the Orchestra of Opera North and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

    Debussy’s evocative Syrinx and a rare performance of Poulenc’s dramatic and entertaining Le bal masqué frame a programme of masterpieces from this high
    water mark of French music – including Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for four hands at one piano: the performance reunites the team of Burgess and Baillieu who brought us The Rite of Spring so memorably in 2015.

    Claude Debussy Syrinx (for solo flute) L.129
    Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
    Gabriel Fauré Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89*
    Maurice Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
    Francis Poulenc Le bal masqué for baritone and chamber ensemble FP60

    Festival Chamber Soloists
    including
    Katherine Bryan flute
    Joseph Shiner clarinet
    Céline Saout harp
    Jamie Campbell violin
    Marcus Farnsworth baritone
    James Cheung piano*
    James Baillieu, Libby Burgess piano

    Tickets £25
    18 years and under £10

    Supported by a private sponsor

  • 10:00 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    The Minster Lay Clerks
    Paul Provost conductor

  • Mon
    28
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    Calling all choral enthusiasts!

    To complement the Festival’s central performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor we look forward to bringing together around 250 voices under the direction of Marcus Farnsworth for an unforgettable performance of Mozart’s Vespers – a work not so often performed but famous for its Laudate Dominum for soprano soloist. Haydn’s motet Insanae et vanae curae provides a dramatic bonus.

    Friends and family are welcome at the free post-lunch performance at 2pm.

    Ruth Provost soprano
    Judy Brown alto
    Richard Dowling tenor
    David le Prevost bass
    Simon Hogan organ
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

    Participant fee £15
    18 years and under £5

    Copies available at no extra cost.
    Pre-booking essential: no performer tickets available on the door.
    Informal performance: free attendance with retiring collection.
    No advance booking or tickets.

    Copies of the music can be collected in advance from Southwell Cathedral Shop, or downloaded from the following links:

    Mozart Vespers - sheet music here, video here
    Haydn: Insanae et Vanae Curae - sheet music here, video here

    Final details are available to download here

  • 11:00 amSouthwell Methodist Church

    This versatile Southwell-based duo Jill and Bernard Blackwell have performed at
    major folk festivals, on radio and on four much-admired recordings, bringing their unique style to traditional ballads and tunes, sacred harp music and 1930s swing, with accompaniment on Northumbrian smallpipes, flute, guitar, button accordion and concertina. Jill is also an accomplished step dancer who demonstrates percussive dance from around the British Isles.

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

    Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

  • 3:30 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    Matthew Martin is an award-winning composer, conductor and organist and currently Director of Music and a Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. He previously held positions at New College, Oxford, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and the London Oratory.

    Matthew has performed at the Cheltenham,Spitalfields and South Bank Festivals andin Miami and Uppsala, Sweden. He is a regular organist for The Sixteen and his first solo recording on the historic Ralph Downes-designed organ of the London Oratory has received critical acclaim.

    Patrick Gowers An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary
    Jean-Adam Guilain Suite du deuxième ton pour le Magnificat
    Maurice Duruflé Scherzo
    Jeanne Demessieux Te Deum
    Charles-Marie Widor Andante Sostenuto from the Symphonie Gothique
    Louis Vierne Carillon de Westminster

    Admission Free
    Retiring collection
    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals Series

  • 5:45 pmThe Quire, Southwell Minster

    The Minster Girls’ Choir & Lay Clerks
    Paul Provost organist
    Simon Hogan conductor

  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Christmas is not complete without top quality choral singing and choirs don't come much better than the outstanding Southwell Festival Voices - the Festival's professional choir making their first Christmas appearance.  The conductor is the Festival's Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth.

    The programme is a celebration of Christmas through the ages in words and music: the music ranges from the mediaeval Hildegard of Bingen to Irving Berlin and includes a range of traditional carols too. The seasonal readings in poetry and prose are by leading TV and film actor David Oakes.

    Tickets £20, £15, £10
    www.southwellmusicfestival.com/onlinebooking
    0115 989 5555
    Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham or the Cathedral Shop, Southwell
    BOOKING NOW OPEN

    Generously supported by an anonymous donor and
    Mr Geoffrey C Bond OBE DL LLD FSA

    By kind permission of permission of the Cathedral Chapter

    Southwell Festival Voices
    Marcus Farnsworth
    David Oakes