Entries by Cheyney Kent

A Christmas Celebration 2019 – Review

We’re pleased that the Nottingham Post’s Classical Music critic William Ruff was able to join us for last night’s Christmas Celebration concert in Southwell Minster. William clearly enjoyed himself too, describing the concert as the perfect antidote to the sensory overload which accompanies the festive season these days… a triumph of artistic finesse To read…

Looking for Christmas gift inspiration?

Looking for Christmas gift inspiration? In case Christmas gift inspiration is in short supply we would like to propose membership of the 2020 Festival Friends, perfect for the music lover on your list. As a 2020 Festival Friend your gift recipient will enjoy: • Priority Booking for Festival concerts • Three informative newsletters with background…

A Christmas Celebration

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…

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…