Voices of Faith: Late Night Choral Concert

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The powerful and affecting choral music of William Byrd and James MacMillan – the leading Catholic composers of the reigns of Elizabeths I and II – provide the dual focus for this atmospheric late night concert by the Festival’s elite professional choir. The evening’s third creative spirit will be the award-winning composer and organist Kit Downes, whose improvised organ interludes will reflect on and link the choral items. Byrd’s powerful double motet Ne irascaris Domine/Civitas sancti tui is one of his most powerful laments for the fate of the Catholic church in England. MacMillan, who this year celebrates his 60th birthday, will be represented by a Strathclyde motet, The Gallant Weaver, and O Bone Jesu – one of his most important choral works which was inspired by his fruitful association with the Festival’s Patron Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

Southwell Festival Voices
Kit Downes organ
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Tickets £20 £10

Tchaikovsky Plus: Strings in the Quire (2)

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The spiritual heart of the Minster is its Quire; at the heart of the Festival Sinfonia is a string section of sumptuous quality. The glowing acoustic of the former is the perfect setting for performances by the latter. Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired Serenade is one of the greatest works of the string chamber orchestra repertoire – elegant, passionate and full of memorable tunes. In this performance the movements will be interspersed with short works by composers including Rameau, Shostakovich and the African-American George Walker.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Festival Sinfonia Strings
Ruth Provost soprano
Amy Harman bassoon
Jamie Campbell director

Tickets £25 £15
18 years and under £12.50 £7.50

Lunchtime Recital

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Admission free

The Southwell Festival Sinfonia brings together leading instrumentalists from orchestras and ensembles across the UK and further afield. Our players enjoy the chance to tackle repertoire that they do not regularly perform and to work with musicians whom they admire or have not previously met. This concert is a chance to hear the distinguished wind players in our handpicked orchestra: they are regulars, and in some case principals, with the UK’s leading orchestras including Aurora, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Programme to include Francis Poulenc Wind Sextet FP100

Part of the Friday Lunchtime in the Cathedral series

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Death and the Maiden: Late Night Chamber Music

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This great string quartet – a worthy successor to those of Beethoven – was composed in 1824, the year Schubert realised that he was dying. It takes its name from a Schubert song depicting a dialogue between a young woman and Death; the song’s theme forms the basis for the quartet’s second movement, but bleakness and foreboding pervade the entire piece. A performance of the song will precede the quartet, whose movements will be interspersed with readings.

Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
Victoria Newlyn reader
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Libby Burgess piano

Tickets £15 10 18 years and under £7.50 £5

Tchaikovsky Plus: Strings in the Quire (1)

Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

The spiritual heart of the Minster is its Quire; at the heart of the Festival Sinfonia is a string section of sumptuous quality. The glowing acoustic of the former is the perfect setting for performances by the latter. Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired Serenade is one of the greatest works of the string chamber orchestra repertoire – elegant, passionate and full of memorable tunes. In this performance the movements will be interspersed with short works by composers including Rameau, Shostakovich and the African-American George Walker.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Festival Sinfonia Strings
Ruth Provost soprano
Amy Harman bassoon
Jamie Campbell director

Tickets £25 £15
18 years and under £12.50 £7.50

Introductory Talk: Death and the Maiden

Admission free

Join composer and conductor Martin Bussey in an exploration of one of the most widely admired pieces in the chamber music repertoire.

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Southwell Masterclass

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Admission free

A unique opportunity for local young musicians to be tutored by visiting professional musicians of national and international standing. As well as benefiting the performers, the Masterclass provides a fascinating insight into the process of classical music making. If you are a young musician aged 19 or under, are at least Grade 8 standard and would be interested in taking part, please contact info@southwellmusicfestival.com by 27th May with details of your instrument/voice type to express your interest.

No advance booking or tickets

Sponsored by the Leadley Family

Crash, Bang, Wallop! The Family Concert

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Be part of the Festival’s noisiest event! Join our professional musicians to discover the wonderful world of percussion – whatever you can hit that makes a noise. You’ll have a chance to make your own instrument (or just bring a saucepan and wooden spoon) and take part alongside our professionals as you create and perform a special piece. Perfect for people of all ages who benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those of all sensory and communicative abilities. Audience members are free to make noise, move about, and come and go as they please.

Festival Chamber Soloists
Ruth Rosales workshop leader
Keith Price percussion

Craft workshop 10am
Musical workshop and performance 11-11.45am

Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under. Everyone else £8
All tickets may be booked in advance. Seats booked on free tickets and not claimed by 10.30 on the day of the performance may be released. Unaccompanied adults are welcome. Download the Family Concert flyer here.

Sponsored by Hockerwood Park

Celebrity Recital: Jennifer Pike & James Baillieu

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We are proud to present two of today’s most admired musicians; their delightful programme will show their outstanding artistry. Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike performs recitals and concertos in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Jennifer gained international recognition aged 12 as the youngest winner, at that time, of the BBC Young Musician competition and her subsequent career has included many more awards and consistently enthusiastic reviews. Pianist James Baillieu is “in a class of his own” (Daily Telegraph). He has been garlanded with awards, has accompanied a galaxy of international stars, and appears regularly in the leading concert halls here and aboard. In addition he finds time to take part in programmes internationally to support the development of emerging musicians. We are delighted that James is a regular visitor to Southwell.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Sonata no. 18 in G major K 301/293a
Ralph Vaughan Williams Violin Sonata in A minor, Movements 1 (Fantasia) and 2 (Scherzo)
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Edward Elgar Salut d’amour, Op. 12

Tickets £20 £15 10
18 years and under £5

Introducing Israel in Egypt

Admission free

How Handel invented the oratorio and wrote Israel in Egypt in a month. All will be explained by composer, singer and choral conductor Martin Bussey.

No advance booking or tickets Entry subject to availability