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The Southwell Music Festival took place for the fourth time in 2017, and is an annual, top-quality classical music festival, taking place in the run up each August Bank Holiday, to celebrate classical music, to inspire local musicians – especially young people - and to raise the profile of the town and its magnificent mediaeval Minster. The 2017 Festival, including the fringe, presented a total of twenty-eight performances, to audiences totalling about 5,500 people
The Festival performances are centred at Southwell Minster, the Cathedral for Nottinghamshire, and in the historic State Chamber of the Archbishop's Palace.
The Southwell Music Festival is the idea of Marcus Farnsworth – a former Head Chorister at Southwell Minster and now an award-winning international baritone. The Festival’s Associate Artistic Director is violinist Jamie Campbell.
The Festival’s Patrons are Dame Felicity Lott DBE, FRAM, FRCM and Harry Christophers CBE.
Hugh Canning, Music Critic of the Sunday Times wrote of one of our past concerts: 'The artistic results are remarkable. The thirty-nine professional choral singers made a huge sound to rival the big amateur forces Elgar envisaged, but effortlessly created a sense of intimacy in Southwell’s beautiful, far from grandiose Minster. There is a palpable sense of a community in this tiny market town, wanting to experience music at the highest level, and Farnsworth....and his colleagues are providing it.'
The 2017 Festival includes the Bach B Minor Mass, and the feature Saturday concert pairing the Elgar Cello Concerto (soloist BBC Young Musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason) with Tippett's 'A Child of Our Time' ; plus a range of orchestral, choral and chamber performances, a Masterclass, Family Concert and Come and Sing, aswell as Sunday services at the Minster.
Watch highlights from the previous festivals, find details about the 2018 Festival and purchase tickets (general booking opens on June 4th)here: http://www.southwellmusicfestival.com/
There is a Festival Friends scheme offering priority booking, and other benefits. For details visit www.southwellmusicfestival.