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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Event Information:

  • Sat

    Israel in Egypt: an oratorio by George Frideric Handel

    1930-2130The Nave, Southwell Minster

    Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

    TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

    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