2018 Festival Launch – Friday 13th April, 7.30pm

It’s that time of year again! We’ve one week to go until the 2018 Festival Launch. Our team has been beavering away for the last few months and we are excited to reveal our plans to you next Friday at Southwell Minster.

In addition to announcing the programme and presenting a free concert, the Launch is a great opportunity for our Festival Community to get together. We are immensely grateful to the army of volunteers who help us to run the Festival in August and the Launch is the perfect time for you to find out how you can get involved this summer.

I’m delighted that we will be joined on Friday by a number of Festival Artists, all of whom are regular visitors to the Festival.

Simon Cox – Trumpet

Simon has been Principal Trumpet for the Festival since 2015. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Aurora Orchestra and joint Artistic Director of one of the world’s leading Brass ensembles, Septura Brass Septet.


Ruth Nelson – Viola

Based in London, Ruth is a busy freelancer appearing with both modern and period instrument orchestras. As well as being an integral member of the Festival Sinfonia Viola section and one of our Chamber Soloists, Ruth is the mastermind behind our Family Concerts.


Libby Burgess – Piano

Libby needs little introduction to our audience. Something of a musical polymath, Libby has appeared at Southwell in previous years as pianist, organist, chorus master and lecturer! As I write, Libby is knee deep in her role as Artistic Director of the New Paths Festival in Beverley. At the Launch, Libby will be appearing for us with just one of her hats on as our pianist for the evening.

Both Jamie Campbell and I will be sticking our musical oars in as well, so we can promise a veritable feast of musical colour on Friday! We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to the Minster.

With best wishes,