Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015 and to the seventh instalment of the Southwell Micro Midwinter Music Festival Online – 12 highlights from the 2014 Festival for the 12 Days of Christmas.

For those who attended the inaugural Festival back in August we trust this is proving an enjoyable feast of musical reminiscence; for newcomers we hope these tasty morsels will encourage you to attend the second Festival between 27 and 31 August 2015.

With fresh beginnings in mind our first extract of the New Year comes from The Creation – the performance of Haydn’s masterpiece in the Minster on Saturday 23rd August was at the heart of our inaugural Festival.

The performers were Sophie Bevan (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass) with the Southwell Festival Voices and Southwell Festival Sinfonia conducted by Marcus Farnsworth.  The recording is by Alex Barnes .

From Part 3 – Adam and Eve in Eden – we have chosen the duet with chorus

By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord,

the heav’n and earth are stor’d.

This world, so great, so wonderful,

thy mighty hand has fram’d.

For many audience members this performance of The Creation was a memorable occasion.  One person commented: “The Creation was fantastic.  The choir and orchestra were excellent.  The soloists were inspirational and the interpretation of the music was masterful.”

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Please join us for the Festival’s London concert on Tuesday 3rd February and find out about the 2015 Festival programme when it is launched at Southwell Minster on Friday 13th March.  Details are in the Christmas newsletter (pdf download). The dates for the 2015 Southwell Music Festival are 27-31 August.

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