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Southwell Music Festival 22-27 August 2018 The best of classical music in the heart of Nottinghamshire

A virtuoso ensemble of professional singers and players Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar 0115 989 5555

Our musicians: making Southwell special One of the things that makes Southwell Music Festival special is the ensemble of singers and players who form the Festival Voices, Festival Sinfonia and Festival Chamber Soloists. These are hand-picked professional musicians at the top of their game: when not in Southwell they can be found performing with leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs and consorts across the UK and further afield. When this talent joins forces the results are spell-binding – not only on Saturday when everyone is together but in the many different combinations throughout each Festival. Our string players have provided some of the Festival’s most memorable performances at their showcase Strings in the Quire concerts. I am sure there will be similar excitement this year when they tackle Elgar’s popular Serenade for Strings and Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra which is alive with the tunes and rhythms of his native Hungary. Presenting music we don’t usually have the chance to perform with musicians we admire is one of the great joys of Southwell; witnessing that going on at close quarters is something which audiences at State Chamber concerts evidently enjoy. So I particularly look forward to this year’s Chamber Classics concerts featuring wonderful music by two Czech masters – Dvořák and Janáček. It is fantastic that many of these brilliant and very busy performers choose to return to Southwell year after year – further enhancing the quality of the Festival’s instrumental and vocal ensembles. Perhaps, like me, they feel that while some jobs are primarily to pay the mortgage, others refresh the spirit as well. Southwell is definitely in the latter category.


Patrons Dame Felicity Lott DBE FRAM FRCM Harry Christophers CBE

2018 Festival Sponsors Sir John Peace Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Mr Geoffrey C Bond OBE DL LLD FSA


Welcome Our fifth Festival programme combines familiar features with several innovations. In response to demand for tickets we have added an extra day, and more concerts in our largest performance space – the Minster’s glorious Norman nave. We begin by focusing on J.S. Bach, including a performance of his epic masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor. The Family Concert is also inspired by baroque music – giving young people the chance to explore Vivaldi’s best known work, The Four Seasons. We continue to provide a platform for local young performers, particularly in association with the Nottingham Young Musician of the Year competition: the Winner’s Recital will feature pianist Konya Kanneh-Mason. We are delighted to welcome the return of her sensational, chart-topping brother Sheku to play the Elgar Cello Concerto. We also look forward to presenting another leading Nottingham musician – the highly-regarded pianist Clare Hammond. We mark the centenary of the Armistice in our concert For the Fallen and themes of hope and reconciliation appear throughout the Festival, particularly in the stirring oratorio A Child of our Time by the visionary British composer Sir Michael Tippett. At the heart of this work are African-American spirituals, which also form the starting point for our first Late Night Jazz event and a Come and Sing featuring the music of John Rutter. The Festival was included in The Sunday Times’ ‘Hot Tickets for 2018’ and this would not have occurred without the loyal and generous support of sponsors, Friends, hosts, volunteers, and many more who I hope share our pride in this recognition. We are delighted that Nottinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace is supporting us as joint Festival Sponsor alongside Geoffrey Bond, and we continue to appreciate the very fruitful relationship with the Dean and Marcus Farnsworth all at Southwell Minster. FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR I look forward to welcoming you to the Festival.


Fringe: Sheepish Grin 2.30-3.30pm Page 18

Bach Organ Recital 4-5pm Page 6

Konya Kanneh-Mason 1-2pm Page 9

Fringe: Opera Gala 3-4pm Page 18


Southwell Masterclass 10am-noon Page 16



Introduction to Messiaen Fringe: All Our Own Work 2.30-3.30pm Page 15 4-5pm Page 18

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Saturday 25th August


Lunchtime Recital 12.15-1.15pm Page 14

Classical with a Twist 1 7-9pm Page 10



Friday 24th August


Thursday 23rd August

Bach Mass in B Minor 7-9.15pm Page 7


Wednesday 22nd August


Festival 2018 at a glance

The Family Concert 10am-noon Page 17

Clare Hammond 1-2pm Page 19

Sunday 26th August


Come and Sing Rutter 10am-1pm Page 24

Fringe: Youth Strings 11am-noon Page 18




Monday 27th August

Festival Evensong 3.30-4.30pm Page 22


Festival Eucharist Classical with a Twist 3 10.30am-noon Page 22 12.15-2.15pm Page 10

Rutter Performance 2-3pm Page 24

Finishing times are approximate

To become a Festival Friend and receive exclusive benefits see page 27 Ceramics in Southwell – page 28

Late Night Jazz 10-11pm Page 8

Voices of Remembrance 10-11pm Page 13

Classical with a Twist 2 7-9pm Page 10

Chamber Classics 2 7-9pm Page 11

Strings in the Quire 2 8-9.15pm Page 12



Quartet for End of Time 10-11pm Page 15


Strings in the Quire 1 8-9.15pm Page 12


Chamber Classics 1 7-9pm Page 11

Introduction to Tippett 4-5pm Page 20

For the Fallen 7.30-9.30pm Page 23

Compline 10-10.30pm Page 22

Elgar & Tippett 7.30-9.45pm Page 21



Fringe: Serenade 2.30-3.30pm Page 18

Organ Recital 3.30-4.30pm Page 25

Choral Evensong 5.45-6.30pm Page 22


Wednesday 22nd August 4.00-5.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Organ Recital: Paul Provost THE QUIRE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Johann Sebastian Bach! A towering genius of western music who continues to inspire composers and performers in many genres. He in turn was inspired by his forebears: as a young man he made a 300-mile round trip on foot across north Germany to hear and study the music of the leading composer of his time, Dietrich Buxtehude. The fruits of this famous pilgrimage can be found in the large body of Bach’s organ works which, in their scale, range and profundity, provide an inexhaustible treasure trove of technical fascination and musical delight. This first Festival recital on the Minster’s fine Quire organ will be given by Rector Chori (Director of Music) Paul Provost. The organ was designed by his predecessor Paul Hale.

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532 Trio super ‘Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr’ BWV 662 Concerto in A minor after Vivaldi BWV 593 Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654 Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582

Tickets £5 18 years and under £2.50


Wednesday 22nd August 7.00-9.15pm

Festival Voices Festival Sinfonia Marcus Farnsworth director

Mass in B Minor Johann Sebastian Bach THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER The Mass in B minor is the summation of its composer’s work, the ultimate expression of his faith, and one of the supreme creations of western classical music. This monumental setting of the Ordinary of the Catholic Mass reached its final form towards the end of Bach’s life: in it he reworks earlier compositions and draws on many musical styles, old and new. The Mass is also remarkable in being a Catholic Mass written by a Lutheran composer: in a work of infinite variety Bach combines the glory of the former with the austerity of the latter to create a work of profound spiritual and emotional impact. In this chamber performance on period instruments the solo and chorus parts will be sung by nine members of the Festival Voices and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth.

Tickets £30 £20 £10 18 years and under £15 £10 £5


Wednesday 22nd August 10.00-11.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Late Night Jazz THE STATE CHAMBER The spiritual is a unique expression of the faith and suffering of the victims of slavery. The intense emotion of spirituals has permeated much other music and is an essential element in Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of our Time which is performed on Saturday 25th August.

Graham South trumpet Richard Jones piano Seth Bennett bass Johnny Hunter drums

Festival trumpeter Graham South has written new material based on the five spirituals which Tippett used in his oratorio. He will be joined by regular collaborators from the thriving Manchester jazz scene in a group drawn together specifically for this first Festival jazz concert.

“The musical world now heads for Southwell in’s best to form an orderly queue now.” NOTTINGHAM POST


Tickets £12 18 years and under £5

Thursday 23rd August 1.00-2.00pm Jointly sponsored by Barbara Barker and Dan and Gill Bardsley

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude & Fugue in C# minor Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata, Op. 10 no. 2 Franz Schubert Impromptu, Op. 142 no. 1 in F minor Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in B minor Frédéric Chopin Etude, Op. 10 no. 12 “Revolutionary”

Tickets £12

Konya Kanneh-Mason piano Winner 2017 Nottingham Young Musician of the Year THE STATE CHAMBER The Festival continues its fruitful association with the biennial Nottingham Young Musician of the Year competition and with the remarkable KannehMason family – hosting a recital by the most recent competition winner and the third member of the family to appear at the Festival. 17-year-old Konya attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham and The Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy in London where she studies piano and violin. Konya achieved Grade 8 Distinction on the piano at 11, and Grade 8 Distinction on violin at 12.

18 years and under £5


Performance 1

Thursday 23rd August 7.00-9.00pm Sponsored by Doug & Vicki Black

Performance 2

Friday 24th August 7.00-9.00pm Sponsored by Jenny Farr

Performance 3

Sunday 26th August 12.15-2.15pm Supported by a private sponsor


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major K.285

Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. One audience member has said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”.

Luciano Berio Sequenza V for Trombone

The programme showcases our virtuoso players and singers, including a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Principal Flute of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Trombone of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Close harmony after the interval comes courtesy of one of the UK’s leading arrangers, and Festival regular, Jim Clements.

Festival Chamber Soloists including

A plated meal, included in the ticket price, is served at the interval and the bar is open throughout.

Tickets £25

Book early to avoid disappointment.


Programme to include:

A selection of close harmony arrangements

Charlotte Ashton flute Matthew Gee trombone Festival Voices Unleashed

18 years and under £12 Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat

Performance 1

Thursday 23rd August 7.00-9.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Performance 2

Friday 24th August 7.00-9.00pm

Antonín Dvořák String Sextet in A major, Op. 48 Antonín Dvořák Gypsy Songs, Op. 55 Leoš Janáček The Diary of One who Disappeared Alison Rose soprano Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano Andrew Tortise tenor Festival Chamber Soloists

Tickets £25 18 years and under £10

Chamber Classics: The Czech Connection THE STATE CHAMBER In the appeasement crisis of the late 1930s Neville Chamberlain infamously described Czechoslovakia as ‘a far away country of which we know nothing’. Happily the wonders of Czech culture are better known to us now, and this concert celebrates it in music by two of the country’s greatest composers. Dvořák’s easy-going lyricism is in marked contrast to the spirit of the dramatic song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared – a musical setting of anonymous poems published in a local paper about a farmer who falls for and runs off with a gypsy girl. Janáček’s passionate music expresses his feelings for his muse Kamila Stösslová – a much younger woman and another man’s wife: in quasi-operatic fashion the cycle captures all the drama of the text.


Performance 1

Thursday 23rd August 8-9.15pm Supported by a private sponsor

Performance 2

Friday 24th August 8-9.15pm

Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Strings in the Quire

Henry Purcell Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas


Michael Tippett A Lament from Variations on an Elizabethan Theme

The Quire is the perfect setting in which to enjoy the Festival’s outstanding string players. Elgar’s Serenade is one of his earliest and most popular works, while Bartók’s Divertimento conjures the spirit of his Hungarian homeland, especially in its gypsy-inspired tunes and rhythms. Tippett’s Lament, based on the famous number from Dido and Aeneas, evokes the music of Tudor and Elizabethan England and is prefaced by Purcell’s original. Tippett’s brilliant Sonata for Four Horns is the sorbet in this feast of string sonority.

“The programmes were a tantalising mix of the familiar and the unknown, an opportunity to widen one’s horizons. The performances, without exception, were outstanding.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER


Michael Tippett Sonata for Four Horns Béla Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra Sz.113 BB.118 Festival Chamber Soloists Festival Sinfonia Strings Jessica Gillingwater mezzo soprano Jamie Campbell director Tickets £22 18 years and under £10

Thursday 23rd August 10.00-11.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Herbert Howells Requiem

Voices of Remembrance

Knut Nystedt Immortal Bach


James MacMillan A Child’s Prayer

This year’s late night sequence of choral music and spoken text reflects the theme of commemoration: Tavener’s Song for Athene found a wider audience when performed at the funeral of Princess Diana; A Child’s Prayer is an extremely touching tribute piece composed following the slaughter of primary school children at Dunblane. Immortal Bach is a timeless reworking of a simple Bach chorale ‘Komm, süßer Tod’ (‘Come, sweet Death’) to provide a glimpse of eternity.

John Tavener Song for Athene

Festival Voices Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Tickets £15 18 years and under £5

The Minster’s late night atmosphere and the Festival’s outstanding professional choir will combine to provide an occasion of powerful emotional impact.

“This is a very, very special festival.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER


Friday 24th August 12.15-1.15pm Part of the ‘Friday lunchtime in the Cathedral’ series



Programme to include: Felix Mendessohn Octet in E flat, Op. 20

Last year the Festival began a project to support the development of emerging singers and players, and this concert will be a showcase for the youngest members of the 2018 ensemble. The young string players will be some of the most talented undergraduates from leading UK conservatoires while the singers will be graduates of The Sixteen’s Genesis programme: this opportunity to sing alongside some of the UK’s most experienced consort singers is the result of an initiative with our Patron Harry Christophers. Mendelssohn’s sublime Octet was the first work to be played at the inaugural Festival. This performance to mark the Festival’s fifth anniversary will be given by four string apprentices and four professional players.

“Stunning! Thank you. It was a privilege to hear such outstanding and heartfelt performances of some of my favourite music.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER


Admission free Retiring collection No advance booking or tickets

Friday 24th August 10.00-11.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Quartet for the End of Time Introducing Quartet for the End of Time Friday 24th August 2.30-3.30pm MINSTER CENTRE, CHURCH STREET

Composer and conductor Martin Bussey will examine this seminal piece of 20thcentury chamber music. Admission free No advance booking or tickets Entry subject to availability

Tickets £15 18 years and under £5

Olivier Messiaen THE CROSSING, SOUTHWELL MINSTER The 31-year-old French composer Olivier Messiaen was captured and imprisoned by the German army in June 1940. Among his fellow prisoners were three other professional musicians – clarinettist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier. A passage in chapter 10 of the Book of Revelation provides the inspiration for Quatuor pour la fin du temps: “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever ... that there should be time no longer.” Messiaen wrote what has become one of his most important works while in prison and it was first performed with the composer at the piano to an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards. The premiere took place outdoors in the rain in January 1941. Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension”.


Saturday 25th August 10.00am-noon Supported by a private sponsor


Southwell Masterclass THE STATE CHAMBER A unique opportunity for local young musicians to be tutored by visiting professionals of national and international standing. As well as benefiting the performers, the Masterclass provides a fascinating insight into the process of classical music making. If you are a young musician aged 19 or under, are at least Grade 8 standard and would be interested in taking part, please contact by 28th May with details of your instrument/voice type. Places are limited.

“All the tutors were able to inspire the pupils, and they came away with marked improvement, enthusiasm and stars in their eyes. A very important aspect of the Festival.” A RECENT ATTENDEE

Admission free No advance booking or tickets

MINSTER HISTORIC CHAPTER LIBRARY OPEN DAY Saturday 25th August, 10.30am-12.30pm; 2.30-4.00pm Access via the North Quire Aisle

This is a chance to visit the Minster’s Historic Chapter Library which houses a wide variety of books donated since the 17th century. A selection of books and manuscripts will be on display, including historic musical scores. Access is up a steep staircase and children are admitted over the age of seven.

Saturday 25th August Banner making 10.00am Performance 11.00am-noon Sponsored by Hockerwood Park

Festival Chamber Soloists Presenter Ruth Rosales

Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under. Everyone else ÂŁ8 All tickets may be booked in advance. Seats booked on free tickets and not claimed by 10.30 on the day of the performance may be released. Unaccompanied adults are welcome to attend this concert.

Family Concert: The Four Seasons MAIN HALL, THE MINSTER SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM ROAD The Family Concert, suitable for all children of primary school age, is based on Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons violin concertos. Members of the Southwell Festival Sinfonia will take you on a journey through some of the most famous and best-loved music of all time. Come early to meet the musicians before the concert starts and take part in a banner-making workshop to create the backdrop for the orchestra. The concert is devised and presented by Ruth Rosales, who runs family concerts with leading orchestras and venues across the UK. A fun and relaxed event for all the family. Bring cushions.


Free Fringe In aid of Family Care

No advance booking or tickets Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

The Fringe is a chance for local performers and especially young musicians to take part in the Festival and to raise funds for a local charitable cause. In addition, this year we present an Opera Gala performed by visiting professional soloists.

Wednesday 22nd August, 2.30-3.30pm MARKET SQUARE, KING STREET

Sheepish Grin

Folk Music from the well known local Fiddle and Melodeon duo

Thursday 23rd August, 3.00-4.00pm SOUTHWELL METHODIST CHURCH

Opera Gala

Performed by Festival soloists including soprano Alison Rose, mezzo Jessica Gillingwater and baritone Stephen Kennedy, accompanied by Libby Burgess

Friday 24th August, 4.00-5.00pm SOUTHWELL METHODIST CHURCH

All Our Own Work

Singer/songwriters (and familiar Festival faces) Hannah Turner and Guy Turner perform their own songs

Saturday 25th August, 2.30-3.30pm WALLED GARDEN, ARCHBISHOP’S PALACE

Summer Serenade with the Palace Chamber Choir Madrigals, folksongs and close harmony performed by distinguished local choral singers

Monday 26th August, 11.00am-noon SOUTHWELL METHODIST CHURCH

Youth Strings

Talented local young string players perform chamber music under the direction of Derek Williams



Family Care are a small Nottingham-based charity who are passionate about positively shaping children’s futures. They are an independent adoption agency and also offer support regarding domestic abuse and safeguarding.

Saturday 25th August 1.00-2.00pm

Franz Joseph Haydn Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob XVI: 48 Felix Mendelssohn The Bee’s Wedding, Op. 67 no. 4 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Rachmaninov) Flight of the Bumblebee Ewan Campbell Flight of the Killer Bee Claude Debussy Selection from Préludes – Voiles, Feuilles mortes, Feux d’artifice, La Cathédrale engloutie, Les Collines d’Anacapri Igor Stravinsky Petroushka Suite

Tickets £20 £10 £5 18 years and under £5

Piano Recital: Clare Hammond THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Acclaimed by The Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache”, Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Clare was brought up in Nottingham and played the oboe in the Nottingham Youth Orchestra where she met the trumpeter Marcus Farnsworth. In 2015 Clare made her film debut as the younger version of Maggie Smith’s character Miss Shepherd in the Alan Bennett film adaptation The Lady in the Van.

“Fabulous music. Incredibly talented, engaging performers. Great new musical discoveries.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER


Introducing A Child of Our Time Saturday 25th August 4.00-5.00pm SOUTHWELL LIBRARY, KING STREET

Composer, singer and choral conductor Martin Bussey will explain the background to this highly original 20th century oratorio. Admission free No advance booking or tickets Entry subject to availability


Saturday 25th August 7.30-9.45pm SOUTHWELL MINSTER Tickets £35 £25 £15 18 years and under £17.50 £12.50 £7.50

Cello Concerto Edward Elgar Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

A Child of Our Time Michael Tippett Susanna Hurrell soprano Andrew Tortise tenor

Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano Roland Wood baritone

Festival Voices Festival Sinfonia Marcus Farnsworth conductor Following his sell-out solo recital last year, the Festival is proud to present the brilliant Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing the most famous concerto in the cello repertoire. Michael Tippett, a confirmed pacifist who was to become one of Britain’s leading composers of the 20th century, began writing A Child of our Time on 3 September 1939 – the day Britain declared war on Germany. It was a response to fascism and European disunity – an attack on racial prejudice, bigotry and xenophobia whose message is as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago. In a work of originality and great beauty, for which the composer wrote both words and music, Tippett uses five spirituals to underline his message: these 19th-century American slave songs transcend time and place to express the two extremes of the human condition – desolation and hope, and remind us of our common humanity.


Festival Worship

Missa Salve Regina by Jean Langlais is the setting for Festival Eucharist: the joyful music of this 20th-century French organist and composer expresses his profound religious belief while respecting and reinventing his musical heritage. An appropriate choice for a Festival celebrating J.S. Bach. Evensong provides a further chance to hear the wonderful music of Michael Tippett with a rare performance of his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis written for St John’s College, Cambridge. The glories of Tudor and Elizabethan church music will be celebrated at Compline, alongside music by Southwell’s Rector Chori Paul Provost, and at Monday’s Choral Evensong.


Festival Eucharist


Sunday 26th August 10.30am-noon

Sunday 26th August 10.00-10.30pm

Southwell Festival Voices Festival Sinfonia Brass Simon Hogan organ Marcus Farnsworth conductor

The Minster Lay Clerks Paul Provost conductor

Festival Evensong

Choral Evensong

Sunday 26th August 3.30-4.30pm

Monday 27th August 5.45-6.30pm

Southwell Festival Voices Paul Provost organ Marcus Farnsworth conductor

The Minster Girls’ Choir & Lay Clerks Paul Provost organ Simon Hogan conductor

Sunday 26th August 7.30-9.30pm

Claude Debussy Berceuse héroique George Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad* Stuart MacRae Parable* Josef Suk Mediation on the old Czech Hymn “St Wenceslas” Igor Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale Festival Chamber Soloists Marcus Farnsworth baritone* Simon Cole narrator

For the Fallen: An Armistice Commemoration THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER “Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him. But the old man would not so, but slew his son, And half the seed of Europe, one by one.” The pity, brutality and senselessness of war is summed up in Wilfred Owen’s reworking of the bible story of Abraham and Isaac and provides the theme for the first half of this concert. To mark another centenary the second half comprises a narrated performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale: this prototype of 20th-century music-theatre was first performed in 1918. Accompanied by a septet of instruments, it is based on Russian folk tale The Runaway Soldier and the Devil – the parable of a soldier who sells his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited financial gain.

Tickets £25 £17 £10 18 years and under £12.50 £8.50 £5

“Brilliantly run and breathtaking talent.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER


Come and Sing Rutter THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER The theme of spirituals at the 2018 Festival – from Tippett’s A Child of our Time to our late night jazz programme – is extended to the Come and Sing with a focus on John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit. This cycle of seven familiar spirituals comprises ‘Joshua fit the battle of Jericho’, ‘Steal away’, ‘I got a robe’, ‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’, ‘Ev’ry time I feel the spirit’, ‘Deep river’, and ‘When the saints go marching in’, all arranged in John Rutter’s approachable and effective style. Come and Sing is the chance for amateur singers to be part of the Festival and to perform in Southwell Minster under the direction of Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth. The music will be rehearsed in the morning and then given an informal afternoon performance.

Monday 27th August Rehearsal 10.00am-1pm Informal performance 2.00pm

Members of the Festival Sinfonia Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Participant fee £15 18 years and under £5 Copies available at no extra cost Pre-booking essential: no performer tickets available on the door Informal performance: free attendance with retiring collection. No advance booking or tickets.


Monday 27th August 3.30-4.30pm Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series


Charles Villiers Stanford Installation March Herbert Brewer Carillon Walter Alcock Rather slowly John Ireland Elegiac Romance Charles Wood Andante Henry Ley Improvisation Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Toccata and Fugue “The Wanderer”

A Centenary Tribute to Hubert Parry

Organ Recital: Simon Hogan THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Composer, teacher and music historian Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet, died in 1918. Today his music, which epitomised late Victorian and Edwardian England, is best known from his setting of Blake’s poem ‘Jerusalem’, the coronation anthem I was glad, the choral and orchestral ode Blest Pair of Sirens, and the tune Repton for the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. This recital to mark his centenary comprises music, in addition to Parry’s own, by colleagues, friends and pupils, much of which appeared in A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry.

“If I retired tomorrow, some of my fondest memories would be from Southwell!” Admission free with retiring collection


No advance booking or tickets


Welcome to the Festival community Who makes the Festival possible? For enabling the Festival to take place, the organisers thank The Dean and Chapter, Rector Chori and staff at Southwell Minster and the Archbishop’s Palace; all musicians taking part; all sponsors, donors, Friends, hosts, volunteers, and the many businesses and individuals who provide a wide range of in-kind support; and everyone who buys a ticket.

Sponsors and donors Thank you to our most generous Festival sponsors, Sir John Peace and Mr Geoffrey Bond. We are indebted to the many sponsors of performances indicated on the concert pages, including those who prefer to remain anonymous. We are also most grateful to those who have generously sponsored performers: Chris Ball (mezzo soprano Madeleine Shaw and tenor Andrew Tortise), Professor Stephen and Mrs Sarah Bamforth (violinist Hannah Dawson), Gerald Berwick (soprano Susanna Hurrell), Susan Dawson (soprano Amy Wood), Peter and Liz Garrood (pianist James Cheung), Arderne Gillies (cellist Karel Bredenhorst), Alison and Edmund Salter (violist Ruth Nelson), Susan Sheppard (mezzo soprano Carris Jones), and Tarisio (cellist Reinoud Forde). The appearances of Jamie Campbell, Jim Clements, Lena Eckels, Marcus Farnsworth, Thomas Herford, Keith Price and Alison Rose are supported by private sponsors. Thank you for the very generous donation from Russ and Linda Carr. We thank Simon Le Fevre and Lady Warner for their generous support of our two Festival Apprentice schemes. Finally, thank you to Jenny Mellors for generous sponsorship and organisation of the magnificent floral displays during the Festival. To find out about opportunities to sponsor concerts or musicians please contact Chris Senior at or via the Minster Office, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD.

Founder Donors We continue to offer appreciation to those people who generously backed the idea for a Festival and so helped to get it off the ground: Mr Geoffrey C Bond OBE DL LLD FSA, Mr and Mrs David Francis, Hockerwood Eggs Ltd, Mr and Mrs John Hodgson, Mr Joseph Keaney and Ms Alison McLay, Mr and Mrs Patrick Lynn (senior), Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Taylor, Ms Carol Venn, Lady Warner, and other anonymous donors.


Friends We are delighted that the number of people who choose to support the Festival by joining our Friends scheme continues to increase each year. The benefits of the Friends scheme include priority booking, free programme books, a regular Friends’ newsletter, and a reception to meet the performers during the Festival. Friends enjoy priority booking as follows: Gold Friends 1st choice of Friends tickets from 14th May Silver Friends 2nd choice of Friends tickets from 21st May Bronze Friends 3rd choice of Friends tickets from 29th May To take advantage of these exclusive benefits – and to support this exciting artistic venture – visit, call the Friends Administrators on 01663 764012, or email

Volunteers The Festival needs volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles including: • Hosts at Sacrista Prebend and elsewhere to look after musicians’ needs • Drivers to collect and drop off, particularly at Newark Northgate Station. If you are able to offer support in this way please contact

Hosts One of the most important aspects of the community’s support for the Festival is the generous hosting of visiting musicians by local people. Through having performers to stay, our hosts become involved with the Festival in a more personal way, meet interesting people, make new friends, and gain an insight into the life of these talented musicians. One comment is typical: “We thoroughly enjoyed having our guest. All went very well. We would certainly like to do it again.” If you live in or near Southwell and would like to consider hosting one or more of our Festival musicians, contact Alison Salter on or call 01636 830373. Picture credits: Front cover © Claude Buckle Estate 2018. All rights reserved. Photographs on pp 2, 3, 10-21, 24, 27 © Nick Rutter. Page 29: Richard Jarvis (Minster, State Chamber), David Slaviero (Workhouse), Southwell Civic Society (Burgage Manor).


Sunday 26th August 10.00am-4.30pm THE MARKET SQUARE, SOUTHWELL

Fresh faces and fresh designs will be appearing at the third year of this very successful event from nearly forty regional, national and international ceramicists. Workshops and demonstrations will again be taking place in the nearby Library during the day, fees from which will be donated to the charity Adopt a Potter. For more information visit



A hidden gem – a great day out As featured in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ 2017 Southwell is a charming, unspoilt market town in Nottinghamshire, and home to the spectacular Norman cathedral, Southwell Minster – regarded as one of the most outstanding buildings in England. Visitors approaching the town will first see the Minster’s west towers, capped by the famous lead ‘pepper-pots’, redolent of the ecclesiastical architecture of northern France and unique in this country. The 13th century Chapter House contains outstanding mediaeval stone carvings known as ‘The Leaves of Southwell’. The town is a designated Conservation Area and has many impressive Georgian buildings, which can be best appreciated by following the many Heritage Trails. Visitors will discover the town’s associations with Charles I, the poet Lord Byron, and the Bramley Apple. Southwell boasts a 15th century inn – The Saracen’s Head, and several other welcoming pubs. There are excellent cafés and tearooms, and a wide range of independent and specialist shops. Within 15 minutes’ walk of the town is The Workhouse (restored by the National Trust), and Southwell Racecourse is a five-minute drive away. Southwell is a delightful place: visitors who come here are in for a treat.

Two of our concert venues: Southwell Minster and the State Chamber in the Archbishop’s Palace

The Workhouse

Byron’s home, Burgage Manor

King Street, Southwell

For more information please contact Southwell Tourist Information Centre, The Minster Centre, Church Street NG25 0HD. Tel 01636 819038. Email


13-17 AUGUST 2018 Based at Worksop College, in the heart of the glorious Nottinghamshire countryside, Singing Squad offers young singers five fun-packed days of singing, with music styles embracing sacred music, classical, folk, gospel and pop. If your child or grandchild loves singing, this course is for them!

Five fantastic days of singing Personalised progress report Individual singing lessons African Drumming workshop Musical Theatre workshop Day trip to a safari park Singing Squad t-shirt Evening activities Residential cost: ÂŁ395 Includes 4 nights' fully supervised accommodation (Monday-Thursday) in a comfortable boarding house, all meals and snacks, evening activities: mountain biking, tennis, rounders, film night, BBQ night Day cost: ÂŁ195 Includes 5-day course (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) with lunch and snacks each day


Booking information

Box office opening times

Festival tickets can be purchased online, by phone, by post or in person from the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (until Sunday 19th August*), or in person from the Southwell Cathedral Shop.

Royal Concert Hall: Mon-Sat 9.00am - 8.30pm

The online booking facility allows you to select your own seats from live seating plans for all ticketed performances in Southwell Minster, the State Chamber and The Stage at the Old Theatre Deli: all seats for ticketed concerts in these venues are numbered. Free and paid-for tickets for the Family Concert (Minster School) may also be booked online however seats are not numbered. The limited capacity of The Quire, State Chamber and The Stage at The Old Theatre Deli may mean that tickets sell out quickly.

Booking dates Friends’ priority booking from 14th May – see page 27

The Cathedral Shop: Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm; Sun 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Payment Online and phone bookings: credit or debit card Postal bookings: by cheque made payable to The Royal Centre, or bank transfer. Customers wishing to pay by bank transfer should send the completed booking form, indicating this preference and providing their phone number: the box office will call back to take the payment In person: cheque (not at Southwell Cathedral Shop), credit or debit card, or cash Charges Online: £2.00 administration charge per transaction

Booking methods

Phone, post or in person at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham: £3.00 administration charge per transaction by phone or in person

Online: onlinebooking

There is no charge for booking in person at Southwell Cathedral Shop.

General public booking from 4th June

Post: use the booking form enclosed or download a form from and send to Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND

* Please note that from Monday 20th August (the week of the Festival) tickets will only be available from Southwell Cathedral Shop in person or by phone on 01636 812933.

Phone: call 0115 989 5555


In person: • Royal Concert Hall Box Office, South Sherwood Street, Nottingham

For general questions about booking arrangements call 07840 745096 and leave a message. You will receive a response within 24 hours. NB Tickets may not be purchased on this number.

• The Cathedral Shop, Church Street, Southwell (not available during Friends’ priority booking period) Tickets booked online, by post or by phone will be despatched to buyers by ordinary second class post or may be collected from the box office at the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall, Nottingham. There is no postage charge for the despatch of tickets. To claim a free carer’s seat, wheelchair users need to present proof of disability. We regret that wheelchair seats cannot be booked online.

Terms and conditions The information published in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. For full terms and conditions please visit For information about administration and card fees visit







Southwell is 14 miles north east of Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles west of Newark. Regular trains from London Kings Cross reach 28 Newark Northgate in around 1 hour 20 minutes. The Nottingham City Transport Pathfinder M1 service (Bus 100) runs between Nottingham and Southwell every 30 minutes (Mon-Sat daytime), every hour (Mon-Sat evenings, Sun and Bank Holiday daytime), and every two hours (Sun and Bank Holiday evenings). Late night buses run on Friday and Saturday. The journey time is up to one hour. For a 25 timetable visit 24





Mansfield A617 A614



A6097 A612

A46 26


A612 Nottingham

A1 A52






Access Southwell Minster, Southwell Library and the Minster School have level access. The State Chamber and Southwell Methodist Church may be accessed by lift. Wheelchair access to the Walled Garden is via a (steep) ramp from the Education Garden adjacent to the Archbishop’s Palace. We regret that The Stage at The Old Theatre Deli is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Accommodation For information about where to stay in the Southwell area please visit or contact Southwell Tourist Information Centre on 01636 819038 / email

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About the Festival Southwell Music Festival Limited Founder and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth MA ARAM Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell MA Held at Southwell Minster by kind permission of Southwell Cathedral Southwell Music Festival Ltd, Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD Registered charity no: 1153135 A company registered in England and Wales and limited by guarantee: no. 8361306.

“Marcus Farnsworth has put the tiny Nottinghamshire town with an exquisite minster on the map in a short space of time.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“I’m still blown away by the performers’ sheer exuberance, energy, delight in music-making together, and not least of course, by their undoubted professionalism and outstanding talent.” AN AUDIENCE MEMBER

2018 Festival Programme  

The programme for the 2018 Southwell Music Festival, with details of when and how to book.

2018 Festival Programme  

The programme for the 2018 Southwell Music Festival, with details of when and how to book.