Southwell Music Festival Events

Public booking for the 2019 Southwell Music Festival is open. The individual events are listed below, with a link to online booking for each event.

To read a virtual copy of the 2019 programme, go here.

2019 Festival Playlist

You can now sample the music at this year’s Festival via a Spotify playlist, below. Either let it play through or scroll down the list and click play to listen to short extracts of each movement (click the cross on the top right of the pop-up advertising panel to go back to the sample list) – or sign up at Spotify for free to hear each full track:

Other Events in Southwell during the Festival

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  • Tue
    7:30 pmThe home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis

    Beethoven: String trio in C minor

    Brahms: Sonata no.2 for Violin and Piano in A Major

    A selection of traditional and contemporary songs

    Violin: Jamie Campbell

    Viola: Ruth Gibson

    Cello: Nathaniel Boyd

    Piano: James Baillieu

    Baritone: Marcus Farnsworth

    London Launch Invite

  • Fri
    12:15 pmSouthwell Minster

    A selection of chamber and solo works performed by Festival artists including former Minster School student Anna Croad (violin), Matthew Gee (Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and rising star Alison Rose (soprano).

    Admission free with a retiring collection

    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Minster’s ‘Lunchtime at the Cathedral’ series

  • 2:00 pmoutside The Old Theatre Deli

    Jiallo Jazz

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 4:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church

    Vocal Fringe featuring East Midlands Youth Voices and Minstery of Sound. 

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmThe State Chamber

    Mendelssohn Octet in E flat , Op. 20

    Mozart Quintet for piano & winds in E flat , K452

    Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer , Op. 52

    Performed by the Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Sponsored by Derek and Wendy Chetwin

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • 7:30 pmThe Stage, Old Theatre Deli

    By popular demand - an extra concert

    Southwell's historic theatre space hosts some of Britain's best young professional musicians. Programme to include:

    Elizabethan Madrigals

    Baroque music for brass ensemble

    Mendelssohn's Octet

    Featuring the Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Returns only

  • 10:00 pmSouthwell Minster

    This sequence of words and music explores creation and new beginnings, and combines exquisite beauty in sound and in stone. A rare chance to experience the profound tranquillity of Southwell Minster after dark by candlelight. 

    Repertoire to include;

    Copland: In the beginning

    MacMillan: In splendoribus sanctorum

    Martin: Adam lay ybounden

    Whitacre: Lux aurumque

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Victoria Newlyn: speaker

    Martha McLorinan: mezzo-Soprano

    Robin Totterdell: trumpet

    Marcus Farnsworth: conductor

    For booking details please visit our Tickets page.

  • Sat
    10:00 amThe State Chamber

    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 will provide a fascinating insight into the process of classical music making, which will enrich the audience’s understanding and appreciation of future performances.

    Sponsored jointly by Professor Margaret Evans and Southwell Folio Magazine

    Admission free

    No advance booking or tickets

    Entry subject to availability

  • 1:00 pmThe State Chamber

    Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

    Winner of Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 2013

    Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is 12 years old and attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham and the Royal Academy of Music Junior department, studying piano and cello. Jeneba started piano lessons at the age of 5 and gained Grade 8 with Distinction when she was 9. This performance by one of Nottinghamshire’s most accomplished young musicians is not to be missed!

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • 3:00 pmThe Garden, Bishop's Manor

    Roisin Hickey (Harp) and past & present members of Nottingham Youth Orchestra.

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 4:30 pmSouthwell Library

    "Byron in Southwell" - A lecture by Geoffrey Bond, Vice President of the Byron Society, London. 

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    The Creation (Die Schöpfung) is considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece: it is also one of the greatest and most original works in the choral repertoire. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and in Milton’s great poem Paradise Lost.

    Soprano: Sophie Bevan

    Tenor: Andrew Staples

    Bass: Andrew Foster-Williams

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Southwell Festival Sinfonia

    Conducted by Marcus Farnsworth

    Sponsored by Ian Clarke Wealth Management

    For booking details please visit our Tickets page.

    Tickets only available in Rear Nave and Side Aisles.

  • Sat
    10.00 - 17.00 DailySouthwell

    Southwell is home to a significant group of established visual artists: their sixth biennial Open Studios event takes visitors on a trail of discovery through the historic town. Visitors are invited to follow a simple walking route, stopping off at the studios and homes of artists along the way. A wide range of visual media will be on display, featuring the work of more than a dozen artists and guest artists living in, or having an association with, the town.

    For further information about the Southwell Artists’ Open Studios event, visit the website, email or phone Maggy Milner on 01636 814987.

  • Sun
    10:30 amSouthwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Southwell Festival Sinfonia

    Organist: Philip Rushforth 

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Southwell Festival Voices

    Organist: Philip Rushforth

  • 5:00 pmSouthwell Methodist Church


    This horn ensemble has been specially formed for the Southwell Music Festival weekend. Directed by local performer and teacher Robert Parker, it brings together a group of local talented horn players of all ages to perform a wide variety of classical and popular arrangements.

    Admission Free; collection in aid of homelessness charity Framework

  • 7:30 pmThe State Chamber

    Commemorating the outbreak of the First World War

    Rorem  War Scenes, a cycle of five songs for voice & piano

    Vaughan Williams  On Wenlock Edge

    Gurney  Preludes for solo piano

    Elgar  Quintet in A minor for piano & string quartet, Op. 84

    Andrew Staples tenor

    Marcus Farnsworth baritone

    James Baillieu piano

    Elizabeth Burgess piano

    Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists

    Sponsored by Mrs Susan Dawson in memory of her late husband Mr Keith Cottee

    Returns and Golden Tickets Only

  • Mon
    10:00 amSouthwell Minster

    Informal performance 2pm, Southwell Minster

    Rehearsal 10am–1pm, The Great Hall

    This event is an opportunity for choral enthusiasts to be a part of the Festival celebrations and to perform alongside the professional artists in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War  (nicknamed Paukenmesse  – ‘Kettledrum Mass’). This deeply moving and yet joyous work was written during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Informal performance: free attendance with a retiring collection

    Places for participants are now full

    You can download a free vocal score of the work by clicking here

  • 3:30 pmSouthwell Minster

    Simon Hogan, one of Britain’s most talented young organists, is Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster. His all-English programme brings together arrangements of works by leading 20th-century composers and a major work by one of the century’s supreme organist-composers – Sir Edward Bairstow.

    Bairstow Sonata in E flat

    Elgar (arr. Farrington) Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos 3 and 5

    Vaughan Williams Rhosymedre

    Walton (arr. Gower) Popular Song (from Façade)

    Admission free with a retiring collection

    No advance booking or tickets

    Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series