Southwell Music Festival Events

The 2019 Southwell Music Festival has now ended. To read a virtual copy of the 2019 programme, go here.

The 2020 Southwell Music Festival will be held from 26 to 31 August. More information about the programme of events will be posted here following the programme launch on 17 April 2020.

Event Information:

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018

    Elgar Cello Concerto & Tippett A Child of Our Time

    7:30 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Photo: Nick Rutter

    Following his sell-out solo recital last year, the Festival is proud to present the brilliant Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing the most famous concerto in the cello repertoire.

    Michael Tippett, a confirmed pacifist who was to become one of Britain’s leading composers of the 20th century, began writing A Child of Our Time on 3 September 1939 – the day Britain declared war on Germany. It was a response to fascism and European disunity – an attack on racial prejudice, bigotry and xenophobia whose message is as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago. In a work of originality and great beauty, for which the composer wrote both words and music, Tippett uses five spirituals to underline his message: these 19th-century American slave songs transcend time and place to express the two extremes of the human condition – desolation and hope, and remind us of our common humanity.

    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto
    Michael Tippett A Child of Our Time

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
    Susanna Hurrell soprano
    Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
    Andrew Tortise tenor
    Roland Wood baritone

    Festival Voices
    Festival Sinfonia
    Marcus Farnsworth conductor

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