Southwell Music Festival on BBC Radio 3

Last night the Southwell Music Festival was featured on BBC Radio 3’s popular drive-time show “In Tune”. The programme included an interview and live music with Festival directors Marcus Farnsworth and Jamie Campbell and pianist James Baillieu. You can hear the interview via the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days. Click here to listen again. The Festival interview begins 1 hour and 24 minutes into the programme and last approximately 30 minutes.

London Launch Concert

This special launch concert will be held on the evening of Tuesday 28th January 2014 at the home of the leading patrons of the arts Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis.

The concert programme will include chamber music performed by an ensemble of top young instrumentalists led by the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director – the outstanding violinist Jamie Campbell.  The group comprises Ruth Gibson (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello) and James Baillieu (piano): all are artists due to take part in the inaugural festival in August 2014.

Their programme will include Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor and the Brahms Violin Sonata no. 2 in A major. In addition, festival director Marcus Farnsworth will perform a range of classical and contemporary songs.

We are most grateful to Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis for generously making their elegant home available for this special concert.  The soirée will be a fitting metropolitan sequel to the highly successful launch event in Southwell Minster in October which was attended by more than 170 people.

In addition to the splendid surroundings the occasion will be made even more special by the presence of the Festival’s Founder Patron – the distinguished British soprano Dame Felicity Lott.

Tickets including wine and canapés are £25.  The evening starts at 7.00 for 7.30 and will be over by 9.45pm.  It is expected that there will be a high demand for this event.

If you are interested in attending please see the formal invitation card here where you will find booking details.

British Arts Festivals Association

Southwell Music Festival is now a registered member of the British Arts Festivals Association. Read more about the Association here.


Sinfini Music Feature

The online classical music journal Sinfini Music have just published an interview with our Artistic Director. Read the article here.



Festival Launch Event – Update

A big thank you to everyone who attended our launch event in Southwell Minster on Monday 7th October. The event was a great success – a big turn out, and a lot of enthusiasm from everyone! We look forward to responding to the many ideas and offers of support that were put forward. There were so many that it will take us a while to process them all, so please bear with us whilst we do this.

We are thrilled that so many people want to be a part of this exciting venture right from the beginning. Your support is crucial to the success of the project – thank you. Here’s to the future!

Website Launched

Welcome to our new website, the home of Southwell Music Festival. All the latest festival information can be found here. To receive our E-Newsletter, sign up at the bottom of the page. Enjoy your visit!

Festival Patrons

SMF is thrilled to have the backing of two of the UK’s most admired classical artists – Dame Felicity Lott and Harry Christophers CBE. Read more about our patrons in the People section.