• Tue
    28
    Jan
    2014
    7:30 pmThe home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis

    Beethoven: String trio in C minor

    Brahms: Sonata no.2 for Violin and Piano in A Major

    A selection of traditional and contemporary songs

    Violin: Jamie Campbell

    Viola: Ruth Gibson

    Cello: Nathaniel Boyd

    Piano: James Baillieu

    Baritone: Marcus Farnsworth

    London Launch Invite

  • Fri
    22
    Aug
    2014
    12:15 pmSouthwell Minster

    A selection of chamber and solo works performed by Festival artists including former Minster School student Anna Croad (violin), Matthew Gee (Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and rising star Alison Rose (soprano).

    Admission free with a retiring collection

    No advance booking or tickets

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

  • 2:00 pmoutside The Old Theatre Deli

    Jiallo Jazz

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 4:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Vocal Fringe featuring East Midlands Youth Voices and Minstery of Sound. 

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmThe State Chamber

    Mendelssohn Octet in E flat , Op. 20

    Mozart Quintet for piano & winds in E flat , K452

    Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer , Op. 52

    Performed by the Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Sponsored by Derek and Wendy Chetwin

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • 7:30 pmThe Stage, Old Theatre Deli

    By popular demand - an extra concert

    Southwell's historic theatre space hosts some of Britain's best young professional musicians. Programme to include:

    Elizabethan Madrigals

    Baroque music for brass ensemble

    Mendelssohn's Octet

    Featuring the Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Returns only

  • 10:00 pmSouthwell Minster

    This sequence of words and music explores creation and new beginnings, and combines exquisite beauty in sound and in stone. A rare chance to experience the profound tranquillity of Southwell Minster after dark by candlelight. 

    Repertoire to include;

    Copland: In the beginning

    MacMillan: In splendoribus sanctorum

    Martin: Adam lay ybounden

    Whitacre: Lux aurumque

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Victoria Newlyn: speaker

    Martha McLorinan: mezzo-Soprano

    Robin Totterdell: trumpet

    Marcus Farnsworth: conductor

    For booking details please visit our Tickets page.

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 amThe State Chamber

    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.

    Sponsored jointly by Professor Margaret Evans and Southwell Folio Magazine

    Admission free

    No advance booking or tickets

    Entry subject to availability

  • 1:00 pmThe State Chamber

    Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

    Winner of Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 2013

    Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is 12 years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham and the Royal Academy of Music Junior department, studying piano and cello. Jeneba started piano lessons at the age of 5 and gained Grade 8 with Distinction when she was 9. This performance by one of Nottinghamshire’s most accomplished young musicians is not to be missed!

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • 3:00 pmThe Garden, Bishop's Manor

    Roisin Hickey (Harp) and past & present members of Nottingham Youth Orchestra.

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 4:30 pmSouthwell Library

    "Byron in Southwell" - A lecture by Geoffrey Bond, Vice President of the Byron Society, London. 

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    The Creation (Die Schöpfung) is considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece: it is also one of the greatest and most original works in the choral repertoire. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and in Milton’s great poem Paradise Lost.

    Soprano: Sophie Bevan

    Tenor: Andrew Staples

    Bass: Andrew Foster-Williams

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Southwell Festival Sinfonia

    Conducted by Marcus Farnsworth

    Sponsored by Ian Clarke Wealth Management

    For booking details please visit our Tickets page.

    Tickets only available in Rear Nave and Side Aisles.

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014
    Sun
    24
    Aug
    2014
    10.00 - 17.00 DailySouthwell

    Southwell is home to a significant group of established visual artists: their sixth biennial Open Studios event takes visitors on a trail of discovery through the historic town. Visitors are invited to follow a simple walking route, stopping off at the studios and homes of artists along the way. A wide range of visual media will be on display, featuring the work of more than a dozen artists and guest artists living in, or having an association with, the town.

    For further information about the Southwell Artists’ Open Studios event, visit the website, email info@southwellartists.co.uk or phone Maggy Milner on 01636 814987.

  • Sun
    24
    Aug
    2014
    10:30 amSouthwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Southwell Festival Sinfonia

    Organist: Philip Rushforth 

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Organist: Philip Rushforth

  • 5:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Cornucopia!

    This horn ensemble has been specially formed for the Southwell Music Festival weekend. Directed by local performer and teacher Robert Parker, it brings together a group of local talented horn players of all ages to perform a wide variety of classical and popular arrangements.

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmThe State Chamber

    Commemorating the outbreak of the First World War

    Rorem  War Scenes, a cycle of five songs for voice & piano

    Vaughan Williams  On Wenlock Edge

    Gurney  Preludes for solo piano

    Elgar  Quintet in A minor for piano & string quartet, Op. 84

    Andrew Staples tenor

    Marcus Farnsworth baritone

    James Baillieu piano

    Elizabeth Burgess piano

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Sponsored by Mrs Susan Dawson in memory of her late husband Mr Keith Cottee

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • Mon
    25
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 amSouthwell Minster

    Informal performance 2pm, Southwell Minster

    Rehearsal 10am–1pm, The Great Hall

    This event is an opportunity for choral enthusiasts to be a part of the Festival celebrations and to perform alongside the professional artists in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War  (nicknamed Paukenmesse  – ‘Kettledrum Mass’). This deeply moving and yet joyous work was written during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Informal performance: free attendance with a retiring collection

    Places for participants are now full

    You can download a free vocal score of the work by clicking here

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Simon Hogan, one of Britain’s most talented young organists, is Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster. His all-English programme brings together arrangements of works by leading 20th-century composers and a major work by one of the century’s supreme organist-composers – Sir Edward Bairstow.

    Bairstow Sonata in E flat

    Elgar (arr. Farrington) Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos 3 and 5

    Vaughan Williams Rhosymedre

    Walton (arr. Gower) Popular Song (from Façade)

    Admission free with a retiring collection

    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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