Southwell Music Festival Events

The 2019 Southwell Music Festival has now ended. To read a virtual copy of the 2019 programme, go here.

The 2020 Southwell Music Festival will be held from 26 to 31 August. More information about the programme of events will be posted here following the programme launch on 17 April 2020.

Event Information:

  • Sat

    Israel in Egypt: an oratorio by George Frideric Handel

    1930-2130The Nave, Southwell Minster

    Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

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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