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:

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    American Chamber Classics: Sounds of the New World

    1930-2130The Nave, Southwell Minster

    Photo: Dick Makin Imaging

    TICKETS AVAILABLE (click to book)

    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