Entries by Cheyney Kent

Sunday Times Culture Review, 2019 Festival

We were pleased that the Chief Classical Music Critic of the Sunday Times, Hugh Canning was able to join us for this year’s Southwell Music Festival. He was able to see events over a couple of days, and drew the conclusion that Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth’s achievement is to have delivered “a week of chamber,…

Record-Breaking Success

Audiences, performers and organisers have all expressed delight at the success of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival which took place over the August Bank Holiday. This sixth annual festival, which was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, broke a number of records: around 3,900 tickets were sold in total;…

Annual Southwell Music Festival ‘an absolute phenomenon’

Yesterday’s print edition of the Newark Advertiser carried a front and double page spread about the 2019 Southwell Music Festival. ‘Festival success!’ referred to the 36 events, National Lottery funding and the enthusiasm of audiences and performers alike, summed up in interview with returning mezzo-soprano Judy Brown, who said: “There aren’t enough superlatives to describe…

Sometimes mystifying, always engrossing

William Ruff’s final concert review of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival was of our Sunday night chamber concert of American music: Sounds of the New World. Mr Ruff’s summed up his own experience with As I was leaving the Minster I overheard comments such as: ‘Did you hear those lovely woodwind solos?’  It was that…

Southwell an August paradise for music-lovers

The Nottingham Post’s classical music critic William Ruff visited Southwell Music Festival on a number of occasions this week. The performances have left quite an impression – in a 5* star review for the Post the wrote: “Exceptional performances, imaginative programming, superb presentation: all combine to make Southwell an August paradise for music-lovers” Mr Ruff…

Five Star Opening Concert to 2019 Festival

Last night our Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth conducted symphonies by Mendelssohn and Mahler in the opening evening concert of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival. William Ruff of the Nottingham Post was here once again and found the concert to be a ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ experience, writing that The Festival is back after a…

For your convenience…

We hope the following information may assist those attending this week’s Festival. Festival marquee We are delighted to announce the debut of the Festival Marquee –- to be found in the beautiful surroundings of the Education Garden on the south side of the Minster. We trust it will become a popular meeting place for audiences…

2019 Performer Profiles: Adi Tal

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming cellist Adi Tal to the Southwell Music Festival. 1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do? My name is Adi Tal. I am an Israeli…

2019 Performer Profiles: Celine Saout

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. “We’re looking forward to welcoming Celine Saout to the Southwell Music Festival. 1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do? I play principal harp with the orchestra of Opera North.…