Around 100 people gathered at Southwell Minster on Saturday 29th March to hear Founder and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth announce the details of the inaugural Southwell Music Festival.
The Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday (22-25 August) from Friday lunchtime to Monday afternoon.
In announcing the Festival programme Marcus said:
“The Festival is a celebration of classical music, and of the outstanding buildings in which our events will take place – our glorious Norman Minster and the Great Hall which is an ideal chamber music venue.
“I am delighted that so many brilliant musical friends and colleagues have generously agreed to take part in our inaugural Festival: they come from leading orchestras and vocal groups cross the country and several have local connections.
“This ensemble of around 60 outstanding singers and instrumentalists, and the enthusiastic support of the local community – both financial and practical – will make the Festival very special.
“In addition I am very pleased that Southwell’s distinguished community of visual artists are choosing to hold their biennial Open Studios event during the weekend – giving the programme an exciting additional dimension.
“As well as bringing the best young professional performers to Southwell we have been very keen to provide a platform for local musicians, and particularly young performers – both in our main programme and also in the small programme of Fringe events around the town.
“We have also devised a number of schemes to enable young people to enjoy the programme at affordable prices.
“We have packed a lot into the four days of the Festival and believe the event offers exceptional value of money: there are 17 events across the weekend and it would be possible to attend them all for less than £100. That’s a bargain!
“Southwell is the perfect place for a Festival. We hope people find something to enjoy in our programme and will come, look and listen.”