southwell music festival

12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 5

A showcase for young musical talent

The lunchtime recital on Festival Saturday is the place where the Southwell Music Festival showcases emerging musical talent with Nottinghamshire connections.  In 2015 we were delighted to present a recital by the immensely gifted pianist Julian Clef.

Julian Clef was born in India in 1990 and began studying the piano at the age of five.  At the age of 14 he was ‘spotted’ by Mrs Linda John from Nottinghamshire who recognised his exceptional talent. In 2005 he visited Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester who immediately offered him a place.  He continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is now studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Today’s highlight from the 2015 Festival for the Twelve Days of Christmas is three of the Preludes by Alexander Scriabin with which Julian opened his recital.

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The 2016 Festival takes place from 25-29 August.  The programme will be launched at a special concert on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster.