As preparations for Christmas inexorably gather pace I would like to remind you of the Festival’s own Christmas Celebration at Southwell Minster on Friday 20th December at 7.30pm.
Our brilliant Festival Voices will once again be exploring magnificent music from mediaeval times to the present day and I’m very pleased that Clive Mantle, star of stage and screen, should be returning to contribute wonderful seasonal readings in his inimitable style.
Clive, who made such a moving spoken contribution to our Voices of Remembrance concert at the 2018 Festival and at our Christmas concert last year, is perhaps best known for playing Little John in Robin of Sherwood, Great Jon Umber in Game of Thrones, Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley and Mike Barratt in Casualty. His voice is also well known from more than 180 audio books and for voicing animated characters such as Gator in Thomas the Tank Engine!
As ever we intend that this concert of seasonal words and choral music should be both atmospheric and entertaining – a potpourri of the sacred and secular drawing on celebrations of Christmases long past through to the present day.
This year’s programme will include a special focus on the music of English composer Herbert Howells, including his evocative carols A Spotless Rose, Here is the little door and Long, long ago.
If further encouragement is needed we recommend the advice of the Nottingham Post’s William Ruff:
“Southwell Minster’s Christmas Celebration is in danger of topping the list of things that doctors prescribe to patients suffering from pre-Christmas stress and shortest-day-syndrome. I defy anyone attending not to feel refreshed, refocused and returned to the spiritual substance which the annual festival of shopping and remorseless jollity threatens to obscure.”
While stocks last you can lay in supplies to tackle Christmas fatigue syndrome at southwellmusicfestival.com/
We look forward to seeing you at the Festival’s Christmas Celebration.