Launch Weekend!

The launch of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival will be marked by four events spread over two days – Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April – and involving the Festival’s partner charity Awards for Young Musicians.

The Festival itself takes place from 21-26 August. As in previous years the programme will be announced by Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth at a free concert in the Minster – this year taking place on the evening of Friday 5 April at 7.30pm.

To give a greater insight into this year’s programme and the Festival in general, Marcus and his Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell will take part in a free public Q&A at Southwell Methodist Church from 4-5pm on Saturday.

The encouragement of new musical talent is part of the Festival’s DNA and so it is appropriate to be renewing our partnership with AYM which provides vital support for young musicians of exceptional ability from low income backgrounds.

On Saturday afternoon (1-3pm) three AYM beneficiaries will take part in a free public masterclass in the State Chamber when they will be coached by some of the Festival’s professional musicians.

That evening at 7.30pm the young musicians will share a concert in the Minster with the Festival Chamber Soloists, performing solos and a trio; the professional musicians will perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor. Tickets costing £15 (free to 18s and under) are available at or in person from the Cathedral Shop.

Details of the whole weekend are available at including a downloadable leaflet and poster.