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Southwell Music Festival to make its return with five days of concerts and performances

After a year off because of coronavirus, the long-awaited Southwell Music Festival is finally set to get under way.

There will be five days of concerts and performances.

The festival opens tomorrow (Wednesday) and will run until Monday, when visitors can enjoy a selection of free and paid for musical events in locations around the town.

Southwell Music Festival: Photo: Dick Makin Imaging (44950156)
Southwell Music Festival: Photo: Dick Makin Imaging (44950156)

There will be a range of music available to enjoy, from classical to modern and from jazz to folk.

The minster will be at the centrepiece of proceedings, but other venues will be used.

A selection of free Festival Fringe performances will cover jazz, folk, song, string, chamber and choral music.

Southwell Minster, Southwell. (6307174)
Southwell Minster, Southwell. (6307174)

The festival will open at noon on Wednesday in the minster with an organ recital by Philip Rushforth, a former assistant organist at Southwell and now director of music at Chester Cathedral.

There was also a performance by the Worksop College jazz ensemble in Southwell Market Place from 2pm to 3pm.

It is followed by Festival Opera Gala in the minster before late night jazz in the Methodist Church closes the opening day.

Carnival of Animals, part of Southwell Music Festival. (49462420)
Carnival of Animals, part of Southwell Music Festival. (49462420)

Breakfast With Bach in the Methodist Church opens the day’s music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday's offering includes One O’Clock Classics: Clara Schumann and Brahms, Nottingham Young Musician Recital, Seven Spanish Songs (also Friday) and Strings In The Quire (also Friday).

The popular family concert is at 9.30am and 11am on Saturday at Minster School, featuring Saint-Saëns’ Carnival Of The Animals.

Children are encouraged to dress up as animals.

Roderick Williams (50525598)
Roderick Williams (50525598)

Also on Saturday is Bach Magnificat at 3.45pm, and 7.30pm in the minster nave.

On Sunday, there is a celebrity recital with Roderick Williams and Susie Allen at 7.30pm in the minster nave.

On Monday, the final day of the festival, Marcus Farnsworth, festival artistic director, will lead an afternoon of communal singing at the minster, starting from 2pm.

Tickets for the community sing cost £5, which includes sheet music.

All events will adhere to covid-19 guidelines.

For tickets, go to ticketsource.co.uk/southwell-music-festival.

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