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.

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Israel in Egypt: an oratorio by George Frideric Handel

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If you enjoy Messiah you’ll love Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. As with Messiah Handel sets a biblical text – the dramatic story of the Israelites’ departure from Egypt in the Book of Exodus; also like Messiah, Handel’s choir – a spectacular double chorus, is a leading character in the drama. Add orchestral writing that fizzes with originality and solo numbers of plangent beauty and this masterpiece will have you on the edge of your seat. And when the Israelites finally cross the Red Sea with the pursuing Egyptians drowning behind them there’s a choral celebration to rival the Hallelujah Chorus. As Marcus Farnsworth says: “Handel does joy like no one else; he makes you glad to be alive. If Bach does joy with dancing, Handel does it with fireworks.” Following the brilliant performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor last year, this performance by the Festival Baroque Sinfonia on authentic instruments in partnership with the superb Festival Voices promises to be another revelation.

Ruth Provost soprano
Judy Brown mezzosoprano
Carris Jones mezzosoprano
Joseph Doody tenor
William Balkwill tenor
Greg Skidmore baritone
William Townend bass

Festival Baroque Sinfonia
Southwell Festival Voices
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Tickets £40 £30 £20 £5
18 years and under £20 £15 £10

Festival Eucharist

Music to include Schubert’s Mass in G

Southwell Festival Voices
Southwell Festival Sinfonia
Simon Hogan
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Festival Evensong

Music to include William Byrd’s Great Service and James Macmillan’s A New Song

Southwell Festival Voices
Paul Provost
Marcus Farnsworth conductor


The Minster Lay Clerks
Paul Provost

Choral Evensong

The Minster Choir
Paul Provost
Simon Hogan conductor

Organ Recital: Paul Provost

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Admission free

This attractive programme covers the waterfront of the organ repertoire – from Bach to Vierne by way of Schumann, Stanford and Bairstow. The perfect entertainment for a Bank Holiday afternoon.

Edward Bairstow
Allegro giocoso (from Sonata in E flat)
Johann Ernst (arr. J.S. Bach) Concerto in G, BWV 592
Louis Vierne Clair de lune and Toccata (from 24 Pièces de Fantasie)
Robert Schumann Canonic Etude No. 5, from Op. 56
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in A, BWV 536
Charles Villiers Stanford Postlude in D minor

Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

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Come and Sing Handel

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Join the Festival’s mini-Handel celebration including coronation anthems Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, the Hallelujah Chorus and much more. That’s lots of choral fun under the expert guidance of Festival Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth.

Tickets £15
18 years and under £5
Pre-booking essential: no performer tickets on the door.
Free audience entry to the informal Come and Sing performance at 2pm: no advance booking or tickets

Sponsored by Professor Margaret McCaskill

American Chamber Classics: Sounds of the New World

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Welcome to the distinctive and engaging soundscape of American music. This concert presents three highly individual and iconic pieces for chamber ensemble from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century:
★ the eternally enigmatic and thought-provoking six minutes of Ives’ The Unanswered Question
★ the wide American landscape and homely comfort of Copland’s evocative ballet score Appalachian Spring
★ the fun minimalism of Michael Torke’s Adjustable Wrench (his music has been described by Gramophone magazine as “some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years”).
In between there are songs including Britten’s sensitive and entertaining settings of Appalachian folk melodies.

Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Michael Torke Adjustable Wrench
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Songs by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and Benjamin Britten

Festival Chamber Soloists including Marcus Farnsworth baritone

Tickets £25 £20 £10
18 years and under £12.50 £10 £5

Festival Singing Day

This event takes place prior to the Southwell Music Festival, 21-26 August

Work in-depth on Come and Sing repertoire and learn new choral and vocal techniques with course leader Marcus Farnsworth.