Choral Evensong

The glories of Tudor and Elizabethan church music, alongside music by Southwell’s Rector Chori Paul Provost.

The Minster Girls’ Choir & Lay Clerks
Paul Provost organ
Simon Hogan conductor

Come and Sing Rutter

The theme of spirituals at the 2018 Festival – from Tippett’s A Child of our Time to our late night jazz programme – is extended to the Come and Sing with a focus on John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit. This cycle of seven familiar spirituals comprises ‘Joshua fit the battle of Jericho’, ‘Steal away’, ‘I got a robe’, ‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’, ‘Ev’ry time I feel the spirit’, ‘Deep river’, and ‘When the saints go marching in’, all arranged in John Rutter’s approachable and effective style. Come and Sing is the chance for amateur singers to be part of the Festival and to perform in Southwell Minster under the direction of Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth. The music will be rehearsed in the morning and then given an informal afternoon performance.

Members of the Festival Sinfonia
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Rehearsal 10.00am-1pm
Informal performance 2.00pm

Information for participants – click on this link to download pdf

Informal performance: free attendance with retiring collection. No advance booking or tickets.

 

Organ Recital: Simon Hogan

A Centenary Tribute to Hubert Parry

Composer, teacher and music historian Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet, died in 1918. Today his music, which epitomised late Victorian and Edwardian England, is best known from his setting of Blake’s poem ‘Jerusalem’, the coronation anthem I was glad, the choral and orchestral ode Blest Pair of Sirens, and the tune Repton for the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. This recital to mark his centenary comprises music, in addition to Parry’s own, by colleagues, friends and pupils, much of which appeared in A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry.

Charles Villiers Stanford Installation March
Herbert Brewer Carillon
Walter Alcock Rather slowly
John Ireland Elegiac Romance
Charles Wood Andante
Henry Ley Improvisation
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Toccata and Fugue “The Wanderer”

Admission free with retiring collection
No advance booking or tickets

Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

For the Fallen: An Armistice Commemoration

“Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.
But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.”

The pity, brutality and senselessness of war is summed up in Wilfred Owen’s reworking of the bible story of Abraham and Isaac and provides the theme for the first half of this concert. To mark another centenary the second half comprises a narrated performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale: this prototype of 20th-century music-theatre was first performed in 1918. Accompanied by a septet of instruments, it is based on Russian folk tale The Runaway Soldier and the Devil – the parable of a soldier who sells his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited financial gain.

Claude Debussy Berceuse héroique
George Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad*
Stuart MacRae Parable*
Josef Suk Meditation on the old Czech Hymn “St Wenceslas”
Igor Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale
Festival Chamber Soloists
Marcus Farnsworth baritone*
Simon Cole narrator

Tickets £25 £17 £10
18 years and under £12.50 £8.50 £5

Online booking is now closed. All remaining tickets are now available at Southwell Cathedral Shop. Please phone 01636 812933, or call in personally.

Compline

The glories of Tudor and Elizabethan church music, alongside music by Southwell’s Rector Chori Paul Provost.

The Minster Lay Clerks
Paul Provost conductor

Festival Evensong

Evensong provides a further chance to hear the wonderful music of Michael Tippett with a rare performance of his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis written for St John’s College, Cambridge.

Southwell Festival Voices
Paul Provost organ
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Festival Eucharist

Missa Salve Regina by Jean Langlais is the setting for Festival Eucharist: the joyful music of this 20th-century French organist and composer expresses his profound religious belief while respecting and reinventing his musical heritage. An appropriate choice for a Festival celebrating J.S. Bach.

Southwell Festival Voices
Festival Sinfonia Brass
Simon Hogan organ
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Classical with a Twist (3)

Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. One audience member has said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”. The programme showcases our virtuoso players and singers, including a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Principal Flute of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Close harmony after the interval comes courtesy of one of the UK’s leading arrangers, and Festival regular, Jim Clements.

Programme to include:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major K.285
Luciano Berio Sequenza V for Trombone
A selection of close harmony arrangements

Festival Chamber Soloists including
Charlotte Ashton flute
Matthew Gee trombone
Festival Voices Unleashed

RETURNS ONLY – waiting list held by the Cathedral Shop

Supported by a private sponsor

FREE FRINGE: Youth Strings

Talented local young string players perform chamber music under the direction of Derek Williams

No advance booking or tickets
Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

The Fringe is a chance for local performers and especially young musicians to take part in the Festival and to raise funds for a local charitable cause. This year’s charity is Home-Start Newark which aims to give support to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges, including post-natal illness, disability, isolation, the demands of parenting young children, bereavement, multiply births and helping families to change behavioural problems; improving relationships within the family and more.

FREE FRINGE: Summer Serenade

Summer Serenade with the Palace Chamber Choir Madrigals, folksongs and close harmony performed by distinguished local choral singers

No advance booking or tickets
Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

The Fringe is a chance for local performers and especially young musicians to take part in the Festival and to raise funds for a local charitable cause. This year’s charity is Home-Start Newark which aims to give support to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges, including post-natal illness, disability, isolation, the demands of parenting young children, bereavement, multiply births and helping families to change behavioural problems; improving relationships within the family and more.