The 2018 Southwell Music Festival is now concluded. The full souvenir programme from the 2018 Festival is available to read here.

Tickets for A Christmas Celebration (21 December) are now available – please see below.

The 2019 Festival will be held from Wednesday 21st to Monday 26th August. The programme for the 2019 Festival will be launched at a special concert in Southwell Minster on 5 April. Further details of this concert will be available early in the new year.

For more information about becoming a Friend, which gives you priority booking for future events, please visit the Friends page.

Event Information:

  • Sun

    For the Fallen: An Armistice Commemoration

    7:30 pmThe Nave, Southwell Minster

    “Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.
    But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
    And half the seed of Europe, one by one.”

    The pity, brutality and senselessness of war is summed up in Wilfred Owen’s reworking of the bible story of Abraham and Isaac and provides the theme for the first half of this concert. To mark another centenary the second half comprises a narrated performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale: this prototype of 20th-century music-theatre was first performed in 1918. Accompanied by a septet of instruments, it is based on Russian folk tale The Runaway Soldier and the Devil – the parable of a soldier who sells his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited financial gain.

    Claude Debussy Berceuse héroique
    George Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad*
    Stuart MacRae Parable*
    Josef Suk Meditation on the old Czech Hymn “St Wenceslas”
    Igor Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale
    Festival Chamber Soloists
    Marcus Farnsworth baritone*
    Simon Cole narrator

    Tickets £25 £17 £10
    18 years and under £12.50 £8.50 £5

    Online booking is now closed. All remaining tickets are now available at Southwell Cathedral Shop. Please phone 01636 812933, or call in personally.