southwell music festival

12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 6

Bubbling Stravinsky

For a musical equivalent of Alka-Seltzer (other brands are available) it’s hard to beat the effervescence of neo-classical Stravinsky.

Today’s highlight from the 2015 Southwell Music Festival for the Twelve Days of Christmas is the first movement of Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments.  This performance opened the Brave Horizons programme in the State Chamber on Sunday 30th August.

While the Festival’s late night choral concert highlights the brilliance of our visiting singers, these chamber music programmes show off the talent among visiting instrumentalists and here it is the turn of our wind and brass players – conducted by Matthew Gee, more usually encountered as Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra.

The 2015 Festival featured the music of Stravinsky extensively – not only the Octet and the performance of The Rite of Spring in his piano duet arrangement later in the same concert but also his Mass which was performed in its liturgical setting at the Festival Eucharist.

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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.