A message from Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth:
“I’m delighted to announce that the 2019 Festival will be supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
“This is the first time we have received such support and is a huge step forward for the Festival, and one that we have been building towards for some time.
“We are most grateful for this recognition of what we have created so far – a festival of an incredibly high standard which has palpable benefits for the local community, and of which Hugh Canning, Chief Classical Music Critic of The Sunday Times has said: ‘…Southwell can already equal, even surpass, more established festivals. The artistic results are remarkable’.
“No festival of this kind can survive on box office income alone and our achievement in presenting five increasingly successful festivals has only been possible with the extraordinarily generous support of the local community – with private individuals sponsoring performances and musicians, an increasing number of Festival Friends, and the indispensable in-kind contribution of our hosts and volunteers.
“This year box office income will account for 39% of total costs (a relatively high proportion) and we will again be most generously supported by the community. However, if the Festival is to continue developing, we need additional support which is why help from the National Lottery through Arts Council England is so significant.
“This £15,000 grant will contribute to artistic, administrative and audience development – help in funding our wonderful ensemble of 100 outstanding professional singers and players; funding for professional festival management to direct and support our band of volunteers; and enabling a variety of marketing initiatives.”
To find out more about the work of Arts Council England please visit www.artscouncil.org.uk
Programme and booking information for the 2019 Southwell Music Festival is available at www.southwellmusicfestival.com or from the Cathedral Shop.