Free Concert to launch 2017 Festival

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A free concert to announce the programme for the 2017 Southwell Music Festival will take place at Southwell Minster on Friday 31st March at 7.30pm. Southwell’s classical music festival will return during the 2017 August Bank Holiday weekend – from 24-28 August.

At this special free concert there will be performances by leading musicians associated with the Festival and it will be our first opportunity to explain and introduce the 2017 programme.

Our Associate Artistic Director – violinist Jamie Campbell –  will be joined by pianist James Cheung and star bassoonist Amy Harman. Amy was appointed Principal Bassoon with one of London’s top orchestras – the Philharmonia – at the tender age of 23. She is currently Principal Bassoon of Aurora Orchestra, the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Sheffield based Ensemble 360.

Amy is a new star on the orchestral scene and it is a complete thrill to present her to our Festival audience.  Her presence as our Principal Bassoon at the Festival in August is indicative of the amazing quality of musicians who want to perform in Southwell.

Admission to the concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Festival.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Crossing.  The concert takes place by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter.

This concert will be a great introduction to the Festival. As part of our ongoing commitment to engaging with new audiences this is the perfect opportunity for you, our dedicated Festival followers, to do your bit. If you know of someone who would enjoy the live music that we offer at the Festival who is yet to experience it first hand, bring them along!

We look forward to sharing the delights of this year’s programme with you, as well as enjoying some beautiful music!