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Annual Southwell Music Festival 'an absolute phenomenon'

The Southwell Music Festival graced the minster with symphony this weekend.

This year’s festival featured 36 events, of which about half were free.

The minster was the focus and no less than 19 events took place there, including concerts, talks and special services throughout the day and late night.

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London-based mezzo-soprano Judy Brown spoke for many performers when she said: “There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the Southwell Music Festival ­— it is an absolute phenomenon.

“It gets better and better every year, thanks to the tireless efforts of every single person on and off stage. It is truly a joy and my heart swells with pride that I get to be part of it.”

The festival was supported with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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DICK MAKIN (15800044)

It started with its first ever symphony concert and included its first Handel oratorio ­— Israel In Egypt.

Along the way there was a celebrity recital by visiting violin virtuoso Jennifer Pike; five free fringe concerts around the town; more free concerts in the minster; the festival’s first ever folk concert, and a percussion-based family concert at the Minster School.

On Bank Holiday Monday 250 singers from all over the country took part in a sell-out Come And Sing Handel event, ending with the Hallelujah Chorus.

To find out more about the Festival visit www.southwellmusicfestival.com


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