Lowdham Book Festival – and Britain’s Got Talent!

Dear Festival Supporter,

Southwell Music Festival works closely with a number of local organisations for mutual promotion.  We receive particularly valuable support from the excellent Lowdham Book Festival run by Jane Streeter from her independent bookshop – The Bookcase in Lowdham.

This year’s Book Festival – the 16th – takes place from 19-28 June and, as ever, the programme includes a splendid range of guests and activities to suit most tastes.  Highlights among the guest speakers include appearances by Earl Spencer, Alan Johnson, Marina Fiorato, Eve Makis, David Crystal and Allan Mallinson, and there are traditional favourites including the Reading Group Day, Craft Day, Cricket night and the free day of talks, stalls, children’s events and music to end the week.

Click here to download the programme as a PDF document. You will need Acrobat Reader to open it on your computer, which can be downloaded free here.  The box office is number is 0115 966 3219.

smf_day6We thought you would also wish to be kept up to date with the activities of Jeneba Kanneh-Mason (here performing at the 2014 Festival) and her siblings.  This coming Saturday 23rd May she can be found playing the cello on peak time ITV1.

Yes, the Kanneh-Masons will be on Britain’s Got Talent this Saturday.  It had to happen.  The programme starts at 8pm. They are playing a sextet with the eldest, Isata (18), at the piano, Braimah (violin), Sheku (cello), Konya ( violin), Jeneba (cello) and Aminata, aged 9 on violin.  That still leaves the five year old who will no doubt join future ensembles.  Saturday’s programme is the last of the Judges’ Auditions to determine who will be in the semi-finals next week.  Personally I can’t wait to see how the judges respond to such prodigy.

On a more sober note there are still a few seats remaining for the appearance by the excellent Ex Cathedra who bring Rachmaninoff’s Vespers – one of his greatest works – to Southwell Minster on Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm.  For tickets call 0121 345 0603, visit www.excathedra.co.uk, or the Southwell Minster Cathedral Shop on 01636 812933.

Tickets for Southwell Music Festival in August continue to be in big demand so we hope you will make your booking soon if you have not already done so.

We look forward to seeing you in August.

Marcus