Southwell Choral Society

Admission Free

In a first for the Festival, the town’s principal amateur choir presents a selection of choral music in what will be an exciting community event.

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

In aid of Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, which offers services and support to help older people maintain independence and lead active and fulfilled lives, while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support, and advice when you need it.

Opera Gala

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Admission Free

Following the inaugural Opera Gala at last year’s Fringe, Festival soloists will return to sing highlights from the operatic repertoire.

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

In aid of Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, which offers services and support to help older people maintain independence and lead active and fulfilled lives, while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support, and advice when you need it.

Round the Horn

Admission Free

Local horn player and regular member of the Festival Sinfonia, Robert Parker, leads a celebration of French Horn repertoire, with an ensemble of talented young horn players. The programme will also include the WORLD PREMIERE of the Horn Sonata by Lowdham composer David Machell, specially composed for Robert and pianist Antony Clare.

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

Sponsored by Correct Hearing

In aid of Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, which offers services and support to help older people maintain independence and lead active and fulfilled lives, while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support, and advice when you need it.

Brass on the Grass

Admission Free

We welcome the return of this accomplished and entertaining ensemble who have performed in the garden for us before. Who can forget the spectacular 2017 concert with blazing sunshine, glorious brass ensemble playing, and an audience of 450?

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

In aid of Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, which offers services and support to help older people maintain independence and lead active and fulfilled lives, while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support, and advice when you need it.

Duo Serendipity: Music for Flute and Clarinet

Admission Free

Hannah Cresswell and Aimee Walton (a former Minster School student) are young professional musicians fast making a reputation for themselves through their duet recitals around the Midlands. They will explore the interesting repertoire written for these two instruments.

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

In aid of Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, which offers services and support to help older people maintain independence and lead active and fulfilled lives, while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support, and advice when you need it.

Classical with a Twist (4)

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TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. The programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers with lighter classical repertoire in the first half and a second half comprising close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

A plated meal, included in the ticket price, is served at the interval and the bar is open throughout. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists Festival Voices Unleashed
Tickets £30
18 years and under £15
Price includes plated main course salad served at your seat

Classical with a Twist (3)

Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

RETURNS ONLY

Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. The programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers with lighter classical repertoire in the first half and a second half comprising close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

A plated meal, included in the ticket price, is served at the interval and the bar is open throughout. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists Festival Voices Unleashed
Tickets £30
18 years and under £15
Price includes plated main course salad served at your seat

Sponsored by Gerald Berwick

Classical with a Twist (2)

Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

RETURNS ONLY

Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. The programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers with lighter classical repertoire in the first half and a second half comprising close harmony arrangements of popular repertoire including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals.

A plated meal, included in the ticket price, is served at the interval and the bar is open throughout. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists Festival Voices Unleashed
Tickets £30
18 years and under £15
Price includes plated main course salad served at your seat

Sponsored by Susan Dawson

Organ Recital: Simon Hogan

Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

In 1921 the famous French organist and composer Marcel Dupré gave a recital on the world’s largest pipe organ – in the Grand Court of Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia – and improvised a four movement organ symphony depicting the life of Jesus. That improvisation was the basis for the monumental Symphonie-Passion which is the centre piece of this eclectic programme featuring works by two leading American composers – a transcription of Samuel Barber’s ever-popular Adagio and Charles Ives’ anarchic take on a traditional tune recognised by British audiences as the National Anthem. A perfect virtuoso showcase for the Minster’s Assistant Director of Music.

Cecilia McDowall Sounding heaven and earth
Percy Whitlock (trans. Riley) Elegy
Marcel Dupré Symphonie-Passion, op.23
Samuel Barber (trans. Strickland) Adagio for Strings
Charles Ives Variations on America

Tickets £10 £5
18 years and under £2.50

Sponsored by Michael and Jenny Davidson

Late Night Folk

TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

What happens when you combine the genius of two highly regarded and highly individual musical talents – in this case the multiple BBC Folk Award-winning fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes, the BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Awardnominated musician? Aidan was inspired to write a daily musical response to 365 Stories, the one-a-day short story collection by Man Booker-nominated Scottish author James Robertson. With Kit on harmonium and piano they began recording the result. Aidan says: “…the tunes are based in Scottish folk music; that’s my backbone, the place I come from, the traditional language I love … Kit did complex and wonderful things with them [and] took them places I hadn’t imagined.” This concert will be a live performance of Volume 2 – their second selection of pieces whose haunting, meditative beauty will be perfect late night listening in the Quire.

Aidan O’Rourke fiddle
Kit Downes piano/harmonium

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