Public booking is now open for the 2016 Festival (25-29 August) and already an extra performance has been added to meet demand for tickets.
Last August, Nottingham Post music critic William Ruff wrote: “…you had better start queuing now for next year. The eyes of the musical world …need to be directed towards Southwell in August”.
It looks as if the public has taken Mr Ruff’s advice to heart: booking by the Festival Friends during the priority booking period has meant that the Sunday evening concert – Henry Purcell – the Eternal Inspiration – has already sold out.
The number of tickets had already been increased by around a third to meet public demand, however a second performance of Henry Purcell – the Eternal Inspiration will now take place at 4.45pm on Sunday 28th August in the State Chamber.
Tickets will be available to the general public from today – either online at www.southwellmusicfestival.com/onlinebooking , by calling 0115 989 5555 or by visiting the Cathedral Shop in Southwell.
A performer’s enthusiasm
“I often have to remind myself how ‘new’ our festival is, as it already seems firmly established after just two years, with a loyal audience and a committed group of musicians who look forward to returning to the town all year.
“I have been looking forward to the 2016 Festival ever since the end of the last one and I am certain that it will again be the highlight of my musical year.
“I am relishing the chance to play with musicians who I find the most inspiring in the profession and who are all close friends. The warmth of the reception we receive from audiences and the wonderful acoustics of the venues make it a pretty exceptional experience.
“I am particularly looking forward to performing and directing Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen in the Minster. It is a piece that all string players love because of the rich, lush harmonies and gorgeous long melodies. To follow this with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) in the late night concert on Friday seems almost too good to be true – our audiences are in for a treat. If you don’t know either work I would implore you to come.
“Roll on August!”