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24–28 August 2017

The best of classical music in the heart of Nottinghamshire

“The artistic results are remarkable.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

A virtuoso ensemble of professional singers and players Up-and-coming local performers including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (Winner of BBC Young Musician 2016) 0115 989 5555

Festival 2017 at a glance Thursday 24th August

Friday 25th August

Saturday 26th August

Sunday 27th August

Monday 28th August

Festival Surprise

Young Musician Showcase


Festival Eucharist

Come and Sing Rehearsal

1-2pm......................Page 13

10am-12 noon...........Page 10

10.30am-12 noon......Page 16

10am -1pm...............Page 18

11-12 noon...............Page 13

The Art of the Trio 1

7-9pm........................Page 4

Lunchtime Recital

Family Concert

10.15-12 noon...........Page 11

Classical with a Twist 3

12.15-2.15pm..............Page 6

12.15-1.15pm..............Page 8

Jill and Bernard Blackwell

11am -12 noon..........Page 13

Classical with a Twist 1

7.15-9.15pm................Page 6

MirabilĂŠ Vocal Ensemble

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

1-2pm......................Page 12

Festival Evensong

3.30-4.30pm.............Page 16

Strings in the Quire 1

8.15- 9.15pm...............Page 5

Brass on the Grass

2.30-3.30pm.............Page 13

The Art of the Trio 2

10-11pm....................Page 7

Classical with a Twist 2

French Chamber Classics

7.30-9.30pm..............Page 17

7-9pm........................Page 4

Late Night Baroque

Mozart Vespers

2-3pm......................Page 18

3-4pm......................Page 13

Mozart: free pre-concert talk

4-5pm......................Page 14


10-10.30pm..............Page 16

Organ Recital

3.30-4.30pm.............Page 19

Choral Evensong

5.45-6.30pm.............Page 16

7.15-9.15pm................Page 6

Strings in the Quire 2

Mozart Piano Concerto and Mass

7.30-9.45pm..............Page 15

8.15- 9.15pm...............Page 5 Finishing times are approximate

Southwell Ceramics – page 20

Voices of Freedom

10-11pm....................Page 9

To become a Festival Friend and receive exclusive benefits see page 22 See back cover for accommodation including a new self-catering option


Welcome Around seventy of the best professional singers and players will make their way to Southwell from across the UK and Europe at the end of August. As on previous occasions we expect the musical results to be very special. We welcome the return of old friends including pianist James Baillieu and soprano Sophie Bevan who both have starring roles in our central Mozart concert on Saturday evening. We also welcome the return of younger friends – most notably the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who gives our Saturday lunchtime young musician’s recital. The pattern of our Festival is now well established and we have once again crammed as much as we can into five days while still allowing the most dedicated music lover to hear every single note. We are also keen that the Festival should be accessible to all: of the 28 events, half are free. French music is strongly represented for the first time – by a whole programme of chamber music on Sunday evening; a major Poulenc choral work late night in the Minster; his setting of that enduring children’s favourite Babar the Elephant at the Family Concert; and an organ recital with a strong Gallic flavour. The contemplative atmosphere of the Minster at night also provides the setting for our first concert of baroque music – a rare performance of Buxtehude’s masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri. We are truly blessed in the quality and variety of our performing spaces and the Minster’s Quire has emerged as a perfect acoustic for our wonderful strings players who have their very own string orchestra concert for the first time. We are also blessed by the generous support of sponsors, Festival Friends, donors and volunteers who enable the presentation of the Festival. Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell and I have greatly enjoyed programming this year’s Festival. We hope you enjoy the result.


2017 Festival Sponsor

Mr Geoffrey C Bond OBE DL LLD FSA Patrons

Dame Felicity Lott DBE FRAM FRCM Harry Christophers CBE

Performance 1

Thursday 24th August 7.00-9.00pm Sponsored by a group of friends

Performance 2

Friday 25th August 7.00-9.00pm Supported by a private sponsor

Johannes Brahms

Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91¹

Charlotte Bray

The Art of the Trio

Two Shakespearean Piano Trios: That Crazed Smile / Those Secret Eyes¹


Johannes Brahms

How many voices do you need for an interesting musical conversation? This programme shows how composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries have risen to the challenges of trio writing and in the process created some of their most memorable music – from the highly individual sonorities of Brahms to Shostakovich’s epic use of the familiar piano trio (violin, cello and piano). The concert will also feature work by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers, Charlotte Bray (pictured). Performers include two of this year’s outstanding guests – mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly and international viola player Lena Eckels. The State Chamber, described by The Sunday Times Chief Classical Music Critic Hugh Canning as “perfect for chamber music and song”, is the ideal setting for this intimate music making.

“...a privilege to hear such outstanding and heartfelt performances.” 2016 AUDIENCE MEMBER


Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40²

Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, Op. 67³

Festival Chamber Soloists including

Rachel Kelly

mezzo soprano

Sara Wolstenholme violin

Lena Eckels viola

Nathaniel Boyd cello

James Pillai horn

James Baillieu³ Libby Burgess¹ James Cheung² piano

Tickets £25 18 years and under £10

Performance 1

Thursday 24th August 8.15-9.15pm Supported by a private sponsor

Performance 2

Friday 25th August 8.15-9.15pm

Arvo Pärt

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten*

Benjamin Britten

Les Illuminations, Op. 18* §

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis† Music for brass ensemble

Alison Rose



Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists * Conducted by Marcus Farnsworth †Directed

from the violin by Jamie Campbell

Strings in the Quire THE QUIRE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Last year’s unforgettable performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen revealed the potential of the Minster’s 13th century Quire as an ideal space and acoustic in which to present the Festival’s outstanding body of string players. This year three highly attractive works for string orchestra from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century are contrasted with brief but arresting contributions from the Festival’s brass players. Arvo Pärt’s haunting Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten expresses his admiration for Britten, whose Les Illuminations announced the arrival of a genius: the song cycle, setting poems by Arthur Rimbaud, was written when Britten was still in his 20s. The concert ends with Vaughan Williams’ radiant and revolutionary Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis which was conceived with a cathedral acoustic in mind – in this case Gloucester Cathedral where it was premiered at the 1910 Three Choirs Festival.

“... thank you again for this wonderful, intense and deeply fulfilling week at Southwell. The spirit of the festival has been absolutely unique...” Tickets £22 18 years and under £10



Performance 1

Thursday 24th August 7.15-9.15pm Supported by a private sponsor

Performance 2

Friday 25th August 7.15-9.15pm Sponsored by Gerald Berwick

Performance 3

Sunday 27th August 12.15-2.15pm

Classical with a Twist THE STAGE AT THE OLD THEATRE DELI Informality, intimacy, wit and good humour are the hallmarks of our concerts in this 18th century theatre. Last year one concert-goer said: “We really valued the introduction to each piece and enjoyed being able to witness the interaction between players”. The eclectic programme shows off the virtuosity of our visiting players and singers, and the versatility of the Artistic Director, with instrumental repertoire in the first half and popular close harmony vocal arrangements in the second, including folk and pop songs and numbers from stage musicals. A plated meal, included in the ticket price, is served at the interval and the bar is open throughout.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and String Trio, K292 (arr Iain Farrington)

Steve Reich

Clapping Music

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 for Flute and Bassoon A selection of close harmony arrangements

Festival Chamber Soloists including

Katherine Bryan flute

Amy Harman bassoon

Keith Price percussion

Marcus Farnsworth guest percussionist

Festival Voices Unleashed

“The Festival is a wonderful thing and the town should be so proud of you...and the Minster...” 2016 PERFORMER

Tickets £25 18 years and under £12 Ticket price includes a plated main course salad served at your seat


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

Southwell Festival Voices The Little Baroque Company Chelys Consort of Viols

Late Night Baroque THE QUIRE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Buxtehude, a contemporary of Bach, is one of the masters of the late Baroque; Membra Jesu Nostri patientis sanctissima (The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus) is one of his most powerful works; the Minster late at night is the perfect setting for a rare performance. This unique meditation on the body of the crucified Christ is in seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ’s body – feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and head. In each part biblical words frame verses of a mediaeval poem. The work is scored for five voices, two violins and basso continuo and in part 6, Ad cor (To the heart), a viol consort is added for dramatic effect. A one-to-a-part consort drawn from the Festival Voices will be joined by leading specialist baroque players – the Little Baroque Company and the Chelys Consort.

Tickets £12 18 years and under £5

“Fabulous music. Incredibly talented, engaging performers. Great new musical discoveries.” 2016 AUDIENCE MEMBER


Friday 25th August 12.15-1.15pm Part of the ‘Friday lunchtime in the Cathedral’ series


Lunchtime Recital THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER In 2017 the Festival embarks on a new project to support the development of emerging talent on the British classical music scene: this concert will be a showcase for the youngest members of the Festival’s ensemble of singers and players.

Repertoire, and the names of performers, will be confirmed closer to the time of the concert: please visit for details.

The instrumentalists will be some of the most talented undergraduate players at the UK’s leading conservatoires who are in Southwell as part of the Festival’s new Performer Development programme. The singers taking part are graduates of The Sixteen’s Genesis programme: the opportunity to sing alongside some of the UK’s most experienced consort singers is an extension of that training and the result of a joint initiative by our Patron Harry Christophers and Marcus Farnsworth.

“Southwell Music Festival is rapidly becoming the highlight of my musical year, and I felt really privileged to be alongside such a high calibre of singers.” A MEMBER OF SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL VOICES 2016


Admission Free Retiring collection No advance booking or tickets

Friday 25th August 10.00-11.00pm In memory of Derek Chetwin

William Byrd Vigilate

Arvo Pärt Solfeggio

Thomas Tallis

Miserere Nostri

Veljo Tormis Spring Song

Francis Poulenc

Figure Humaine FP 120

Southwell Festival Voices Victoria Newlyn actress

Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Late Night Choral Music and Poetry


This sequence of choral music, poetry and prose featuring the highly accomplished Festival Voices in the stillness of the darkened Minster has become an emotional high point of the Festival. Francis Poulenc was one of the 20th century’s outstanding choral composers and his cantata for double choir, around which this programme is built, is a choral tour de force and a hymn to Liberté victorious over tyranny. The programme presents the response of composers, poets and writers to tyranny and oppression in widely differing circumstances – from Byrd and Tallis as catholics in Elizabeth I’s protestant England, and Tormis and Pärt in Estonia under Soviet rule, to Poulenc himself in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

“Great varied programme and wonderful quality of performance.” Tickets £15 18 years and under £5



Saturday 26th August 10.00am-12 noon


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 8 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.” AN ATTENDEE IN 2016

Admission Free

No advance booking or tickets


Saturday 26th August, 10.30am-12.30pm; 2.00-4.30pm. Access via the North Quire Aisle This is a rare chance to visit the Minster’s historic Library which includes a wide variety of books donated since the 17th century, among which are manuscripts, atlases and items of local interest as well as a range of bibles. Access is up a steep staircase and children are admitted over the age of seven. In addition the Library presents a small exhibition in the Chapter House vestibule relating to Mozart and his times to complement the Festival’s main Mozart concert and the Come and Sing.


Saturday 26th August Mask making 10.15am, Performance 11.00am Sponsored by Hockerwood Park

The Family Concert The story of Babar the little elephant MAIN HALL, THE MINSTER SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM ROAD After last year’s highly successful inaugural event, the Family Concert is already a Festival tradition. This very informal concert for families with children up to and including junior school age presents Poulenc’s musical setting of The story of Babar the little elephant.

Francis Poulenc

L’histoire de Babar le petit éléphant, FP 129 (arranged for chamber ensemble by David Matthews)

Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists Victoria Newlyn narrator

Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under. Everyone else £8 A £1 donation on the day is suggested towards the cost of craft materials. All tickets may be booked in advance. Unaccompanied grown-up children (ie adults) are welcome but may be asked to sit at the back.

In Jean de Brunhoff’s charming and timeless story the baby Babar loses his mother to a hunter in the jungle. Terribly upset, he runs away to Paris where he meets a rich old lady who loves looking after elephants. She gives Babar everything he needs to become an elegant gentleman but not to find happiness: this is only found when he is reunited with his cousins Artur and Celeste. He returns with them to the jungle, becomes King of the Elephants, and discovers true happiness with Celeste as his Queen. Become part of the action by making your own animal mask. Expect audience participation. Bring cushions.

“We loved all of it!!! So amazing to see all those children having such a lovely time.” 2016 AUDIENCE MEMBER


Saturday 26th August 1.00-2.00pm Jointly sponsored by Barbara Barker and Doug and Vicki Black

Young Musician’s Recital

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER For Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winning BBC Young Musician 2016 was only the most high profile of a string of distinctions, prizes, awards and scholarships which began when, aged nine, he gained the highest mark in the UK for Grade 8 cello – only three years after starting lessons with Southwell’s Sarah HusonWhyte. One of our Festival’s founding principles is to give opportunities to young musicians and the Saturday morning Masterclass and Lunchtime Recital are fundamental to this approach. In 2015 Sheku took part in the Masterclass – working on the Shostakovich concerto which he performed to win BBC Young Musician. We warmly congratulate Sheku on his success and are thrilled that he has returned to give a recital at the first opportunity.

“Everything we attended surpassed expectations” 2016 AUDIENCE MEMBER


Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata in G minor Op. 5 no. 2

Gaspar Cassadó

Suite for Solo Cello

Alexander Scriabin Etude Op. 8 no. 11

David Popper

Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

James Baillieu piano

Tickets Front nave £20 Rear nave £10 Aisles £5 18 years and under £5

No advance booking or tickets.

In aid of Beaumond House Community Hospice

Where necessary, entry will be subject to availability.

Thursday 24th August, 1.00-2.00pm

Saturday 26th August, 2.30-3.30pm

Festival Surprise

Brass on the Grass


As well as excellence and community involvement our Festival offers spontaneity and the unexpected, and this event is a case in point. Come along and find out what we have in store to launch our Festival Fringe in the centre of town – the first event of the 2017 Festival.

Friday 25th August, 11.00am-12 noon THE MINSTER SCHOOL RECITAL HALL

WALLED GARDEN (if wet in the State Chamber) Essentially Brass, a professional brass quintet based in the East Midlands, performs music from the Renaissance to the present day in the beautiful walled garden of the Archbishop’s Palace. This highly experienced ensemble, who have performed throughout the UK, return to Southwell to reprise their popular appearance at the 2015 Festival. Bring a rug or folding chair.

Young Musician Showcase

Monday 28th August, 11am- 12 noon

A recital by some of the East Midlands’ most talented young performers, all of whom are supported by Awards for Young Musicians which helps exceptional young people to develop their musical skills to their full potential. Southwell Music Festival is proud to work with AYM to give a platform to local young talent.

Traditional songs and music from the British Isles & beyond

Friday 25th August, 3.00-4.00pm


Mirabilé Vocal Ensemble Nottinghamshire’s multi-talented Mirabilé were crowned best female choir at the 2016 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Their programme ranges from classical choral music and unaccompanied folk song to works by 21st century composers – all showcasing the breadth and depth of the choir’s outstanding ability.


This versatile Southwell-based duo Jill and Bernard Blackwell have performed at major folk festivals, on radio and on four much-admired recordings, bringing their unique style to traditional ballads and tunes, sacred harp music and 1930s swing, with accompaniment on Northumbrian smallpipes, flute, guitar, button accordion and concertina. Jill is also an accomplished step dancer who demonstrates percussive dance from around the British Isles.

Collections will be taken at Festival Fringe concerts in aid of the local hospice Beaumond House Community Hospice – a registered charity providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families living in the Newark area, providing care for over 500 patients and support to their families each year, and caring for around 150 patients at any one time. 13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467 Great Mass in C minor, K427

Saturday 26th August, 4.00-5.00pm

Mozart in 1780s Vienna Pre-concert talk by Libby Burgess SOUTHWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY, KING STREET

Mozart’s Mass in C minor is one of the great unfinished pieces. Given the pressures he was under at the time perhaps this is not surprising – a famous public figure in celebrity-conscious Vienna with pressing domestic demands and constant financial insecurity. Libby’s lecture will explore these and other fascinating aspects of Mozart’s life and how they shaped his music.

Admission Free

No advance booking or tickets. Entry subject to availability. A small display kindly organised by the Minster Library relating to Mozart and his times will be on show in the Chapter House passage throughout the Festival. 14

Saturday 26th August 7.30-9.45pm THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER These two works, both from the 1780s, illustrate the genius of Mozart at the height of his powers – taking both the piano concerto and music for the Mass to new levels of musical originality and emotional profundity. As in so much of Mozart’s music the opera stage is never far away...

James Baillieu piano

Our professional chorus and orchestra are joined by two outstanding soloists each with growing reputations on the opera and concert stage and in the recording studio. We welcome the young Irish mezzo Rachel Kelly, who recently completed the Royal Opera’s Young Artists programme, and the return of Sophie Bevan who was the soprano soloist in The Creation at our inaugural Festival in 2014. James Baillieu is simply one of the most distinguished accompanists working in Britain today. The Festival is proud that he is one of our ‘house’ pianists and delighted that he now takes the spotlight to perform one of Mozart’s great piano concertos. (The slow movement may be familiar to older listeners: it featured in the 1960s film Elvira Madigan.)

Sophie Bevan soprano

Rachel Kelly

mezzo soprano

Southwell Festival Voices Southwell Festival Sinfonia Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Tickets £35 £25 £15 18 years and under £17.50 £12.50 £7.50 15

Festival Worship

Our visiting musicians and the Minster’s own Choral Foundation lead worship in the Minster throughout the Festival weekend. A wide range of repertoire will include Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C major, K220 (the Spatzenmesse or ‘Sparrow Mass’) performed with orchestra at the Festival Eucharist, and Matthew Martin’s epic anthem I saw the Lord at Festival Evensong. This brilliant piece won Matthew the liturgical category of the 2013 British Composer Awards; its inclusion anticipates the appearance by this multi-talented musician as organ recitalist the following day.

Festival Eucharist

Festival Evensong


Choral Evensong

Sunday 27th August 10.30am-12 noon

Sunday 27th August 3.30-4.30pm

Sunday 27th August 10.00-10.30pm

Monday 28th August 5.45-6.30pm

Southwell Festival Voices

Southwell Festival Voices

The Minster Lay Clerks

The Minster Girls’ Choir & Lay Clerks

Southwell Festival Sinfonia

Simon Hogan

Paul Provost

Paul Provost

Paul Provost

Marcus Farnsworth


Marcus Farnsworth conductor 16





Simon Hogan conductor

Sunday 27th August 7.30-9.30pm Supported by a private sponsor

Claude Debussy Syrinx (for solo flute) L.129

Maurice Ravel

Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Gabriel Fauré

Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 89*

Maurice Ravel

Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)

Francis Poulenc

Le bal masqué for baritone and chamber ensemble FP60

Festival Chamber Soloists including

Katherine Bryan flute

Joseph Shiner clarinet

Céline Saout harp

Jamie Campbell violin

Marcus Farnsworth baritone

French Chamber Classics THE CROSSING, SOUTHWELL MINSTER The remarkable conjunction of French compositional genius in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is celebrated in this programme. To perform it we have created our own conjunction of stellar talent including Katherine Bryan, one of the most soughtafter flautists in Britain today and Céline Saout, the Principal Harp with the Orchestra of Opera North and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Debussy’s evocative Syrinx and a rare performance of Poulenc’s dramatic and entertaining Le bal masqué frame a programme of masterpieces from this high water mark of French music – including Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for four hands at one piano: the performance reunites the team of Burgess and Baillieu who brought us The Rite of Spring so memorably in 2015.

James Cheung piano*

James Baillieu Libby Burgess piano

Tickets £25 18 years and under £10

“...a fabulous festival, a great programme, and it is run to the highest professional standards.” 2016 AUDIENCE MEMBER


Monday 28th August Rehearsal 10.00am-1.00pm Informal performance 2.00-3.00pm Ruth Provost soprano

Judy Brown alto

Richard Dowling

Come and Sing Mozart

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339 THE NAVE, SOUTHWELL MINSTER Calling all choral enthusiasts!

Friends and family are welcome at the free post-lunch performance.




David le Prevost bass

Simon Hogan organ

Marcus Farnsworth conductor

To complement the Festival’s central performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor we look forward to bringing together around 250 voices under the direction of Marcus Farnsworth for an unforgettable performance of Mozart’s Vespers – a work not so often performed but famous for its Laudate Dominum for soprano soloist. Haydn’s motet Insanae et vanae curae provides a dramatic bonus.

Clarke Associates Wealth Management are once again organising a prize draw to raise funds for the Festival. The winner will receive a prize worth £750:


• Two excellent seats for a performance of their choice at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in Autumn 2017 • A luxury night for two to follow at a five-star hotel nearby with breakfast included

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.

Tickets costing £10 may be obtained from the Southwell Cathedral Shop, and at additional locations during the Festival. The draw will be made during the Come and Sing performance in the Minster on 28 August. For more information please contact email Laurey.Buckland@ or call 01909 511250.

Monday 28th August 3.30-4.30pm Part of the Southwell Minster Organ Recitals series

FREE EVENT An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary

Organ Recital

Suite du deuxième ton pour le Magnificat


Patrick Gowers

Jean-Adam Guilain


Maurice Duruflé

Te Deum

Jeanne Demessieux

Andante Sostenuto from the Symphonie Gothique Charles-Marie Widor

Carillon de Westminster Louis Vierne

Admission Free Retiring collection. No advance booking or tickets

Matthew Martin Matthew Martin is an award-winning composer, conductor and organist and currently Director of Music and a Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. He previously held positions at New College, Oxford, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and the London Oratory. Matthew has performed at the Cheltenham, Spitalfields and South Bank Festivals and in Miami and Uppsala, Sweden. He is a regular organist for The Sixteen and his first solo recording on the historic Ralph Downes-designed organ of the London Oratory has received critical acclaim.

“If I retired tomorrow some of my fondest memories would be from Southwell!” 2016 PERFORMER


THE MARKET SQUARE, SOUTHWELL Sunday 27th August 10.00am-4.30pm Following last year’s very successful inaugural ceramics fair a selection of the leading regional and national ceramicists will once again gather to show their latest works. The event will also feature workshops and demonstrations in the nearby library. Ceramics in Southwell will be supporting the charity Adopt a Potter. For more information visit


Southwell 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

Southwell Racecourse

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


Enjoy being a Festival Friend Our Festival Friends are the invaluable core of the Festival’s supporters. Benefits include priority booking, free programme books, a regular Friends’ newsletter and a reception to meet the artists. Friends enjoy priority booking as follows:

Gold Friends 1st choice of tickets from 24th April Silver Friends 2nd choice of tickets from 1st May Bronze Friends 3rd choice of tickets from 8th May

To take advantage of exclusive benefits – and to support this exciting artistic venture – please visit, call the Friends Administrators on 01663 764012, or email

Acknowledgements For enabling the Festival to take place, the organisers thank Southwell Cathedral, Acting Rector Chori, staff and volunteers at Southwell Minster and the Archbishop’s Palace; all musicians taking part; Ceramics in Southwell; and all sponsors, donors, Friends, hosts and volunteers. Founder Donors Mr Geoffrey C Bond OBE

Sponsorship of performers In addition to the many generous sponsors of performances, we are indebted to those people who have generously sponsored performers: Chris Ball (pianist James Baillieu); Professor Stephen and Mrs Sarah Bamforth (pianist Libby Burgess); Russ and Linda Carr (violinist Jamie Campbell and soprano Sophie Bevan); Susan Dawson (flautist Katherine Bryan); Jenny Farr

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. Corporate Supporters RWB Accountants, Nottingham and Clarke Associates Wealth Management.

(bassoonist Amy Harman); Arderne Gillies (violinist Maria Włoszczowska and cellist Karel Bredenhorst); Alison and Edmund Salter (soprano Alison Rose); Susan Sheppard (violist Lena Eckels). The appearances of Marcus Farnsworth and Rachel Kelly are supported by private sponsors. In addition the Performer Development and Young Artists programmes are supported by Geoffrey Bond, Simon Le Fevre and Lady Warner.

Floral displays The floral displays during the Festival are sponsored by Jenny Mellors. Picture credits Front cover – James Thompson (main image) and Nick Rutter (inset); p3 – Andy Staples; p4 – Michael Wickham; p5, 6, 8, 10 (masterclass), 14/15 (main image), 18 – Nick Rutter; p7 – Ecce Homo sculpture by Peter Eugene Ball; p9 – Apple and Biscuit Recordings; p11 – Nelvana; p15 – Kaupo Kikkas (James Baillieu), Sussi Ahlberg (Sophie Bevan), Gerard Collett (Rachel Kelly); p17 – Alamy; p20 – Ben Boswell (logo image); p21 – Richard Jarvis (Minster and State Chamber), David Slaviero (Workhouse), Southwell Civic Society (Burgage Manor). 22

General 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 20th 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.

Online and phone bookings: credit or debit card

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

Phone, post or in person at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham: £2.00 administration charge per transaction (plus a 75p debit/credit card charge).

24th April: Friends’ priority – see opposite 15th May: public booking

Booking methods Online: onlinebooking Post: use the booking form enclosed or download a form from www. and send to Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND Phone: call 0115 989 5555 In person: • Royal Concert Hall Box Office, South Sherwood Street, Nottingham • 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.

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

Payment 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. Online: £1.00 administration charge per transaction (plus a 75p debit/credit card charge)

There is no charge for booking in person at Southwell Cathedral Shop. * Please note that from Monday 21st August (the week of the Festival) tickets will only be available at the Festival Desk in the Southwell Cathedral Shop, and, from that day only, phone bookings may be made on 07840 745096.

Helpline 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 except in the week of the Festival, from 9.30am on Monday 21st August.

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 please visit 23



Directions and Access

Southwell is 14 miles north east of Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles west of Newark.






Mansfield A617


Regular trains from London Kings Cross reach Newark Northgate in around 1 hour 20 minutes.



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The Nottingham City Transport Pathfinder service (Bus 100) runs between Nottingham and Southwell every 30 minutes (Mon-Sat daytime) or every hour (evenings and Sundays) with late night buses on Friday and Saturday. The journey time is up to one hour. For a timetable visit





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Southwell Minster, Southwell Library and the Minster School have level access.LEICESTER The State Chamber 24 LONDON and Southwell Methodist Church may be accessed by lift. Wheelchair access A46 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 – see page 21 for details. In addition to other options, the Brackenhurst Campus of Nottingham Trent University is offering an attractively-priced self-catering option in newly-built student accommodation less than a mile outside Southwell. All rooms are single en suite, grouped in flats of six sharing kitchen facilities, and are priced at £26.50 per night. On-site parking is available. To book please email or call Nottingham Trent University on 0115 848 2894 and ask for Julie Stravino. In both cases please quote ‘music festival booking’.

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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.

“Southwell can already equal, even surpass, more established festivals.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Late August holiday plans for musiclovers have recently become much easier to make. The only place to be is Southwell.” NOTTINGHAM POST

The 2017 Southwell Music Festival Programme  
The 2017 Southwell Music Festival Programme  

The complete programme for the 2017 Southwell Music Festival, launched at a special concert at Southwell Minster on 31 March 2017