Friday 22 July 2022

Bank Holiday treat: Southwell Music Festival features 40 events including Mendelssohn's St Paul

Southwell Music Festival in 2019
Southwell Music Festival in 2019

Southwell Music Festival returns with its first full-scale festival in three years, featuring over 40 events from 24 to 29 August 2022. Resident ensembles the Festival Voices, Sinfonia and Chamber Soloists join forces under festival artistic director Marcus Farnsworth for Mendelssohn's oratorio St Paul

Guests to the festival include Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell, pianist Martin Roscoe and organist Anna Lapwood. Concerts include baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Libby Burgess in Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly, a celebration of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams featuring the poetry of his wife Ursula Vaughan Williams with soprano Anna Dennis and tenor Mark Le Brocq, and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross alongside music from Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the Festival Voices and Sinfonia Strings.

The festival also supports the future generation of music-makers, and this year welcomes early career apprentices to play alongside its ensembles of professional musicians, plus a Masterclass for selected young musicians and showcases for young musical talent through the Young Artists Series.

Homegrown talent is showcased at the free Festival Fringe, including the popular outdoor picnic concert Brass on the Grass, which makes a welcome return on Saturday afternoon. Proceeds from all fringe events go towards local disability charity, Reach Southwell

Full details from the festival website.

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