On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

The plan for the Southwell Music Festival has always been to present a fringe programme as a platform for local musicians, and especially young performers, alongside the more formal concerts by our 50 or so visiting singers and players.

Today’s compilation shows the range of our first fringe programme – encompassing Jiallo performing jazz, funk and hip-hop in the Old Theatre Deli; a vocal concert at the Methodist Church including three former Minster head choristers – the Minstery of Sound – performing renaissance polyphony, followed by the East Midlands Youth Voices;  then, from a concert revealing the highways and byways of horn playing, probably the first (and last?) appearance of a plastic telescopic alphorn in Southwell dueting with a natural horn; then former string players from the Nottingham Youth Orchestra performing in the Walled Garden of the Archbishop’s Palace; and finally harpist Roisin Hickey in the State Chamber.   The recording is by Alex Barnes .

One audience member said: “An excellent festival for the town.  I really enjoyed the experience. The fringe events…really contributed to the whole.”

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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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