southwell music festival

12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 9

Celebrating an unexpected venue

The Stage at the Old Theatre Deli is about as intimate a concert setting as you could get without inviting the performers into your front room.

This lovely Georgian theatre in the centre of Southwell has become an integral part of the Southwell Music Festival since being called into use at the last minute in the run up to the first festival in 2014.

On that occasion we crammed the players of the Mendelssohn Octet onto the stage for one of two exhilarating performances of the work that evening: the evidence of both is available here.

In 2015 Festival organisers were slightly more modest in their ambitions – presenting Brahms’ string Sextet No.1.  Today’s highlight for the Twelve Days of Christmas is the Scherzo and Trio from that performance.

The players were Maria Włoszczowska and Natalie Klouda (violins), Simon Tandree and Ruth Nelson (violas) and Karel Bredenhorst and Ashok Klouda (cello).

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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.