Prepare for six sensational days with the return of the Southwell Music Festival in 2022

This year, the Southwell Music Festival will take place from August 24-29.

The Southwell Music Festival is back with its first large-scale festival in three years, featuring over 40 unmissable live events.

From August 24 to 29, it will give you the chance to enjoy sensational live music, in indoor and outdoor venues across the city.

At Southwell Music Festival 2022 you will find choral and orchestral music, jazz and folk, early music, modern and everything in between.

The festival’s artistic director, Marcus Farnsworth, explained: “We are delighted to welcome the public to our festival this summer.

“With such a musical offer, there is something for everyone in this program. I can’t wait to relive the excitement of the festival and see the city bursting with music in August!”

Resident ensembles Festival Voices, Sinfonia and Chamber Soloists are at the heart of the program and will join forces in a performance of Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio St Paul on Saturday evening in the magnificent setting of the nave of Southwell Minster.

The festival also welcomes celebrity guests this year, including Northumbrian bagpiper and folk star Kathryn Tickell and British pianist Martin Roscoe.

Southwell Minster will again be at the heart of the Southwell Music Festival (Photo credit: Helena Cooke)

The festival opens on August 24 with the opportunity to hear star organist Anna Lapwood. Alongside her role as Music Director at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Anna enjoys a varied career as a performer, entertainer and conductor.

She has amassed over 171,000 followers on Tik Tok and her passion for equality and diversity is evident in almost every aspect of her life and work. His recital at Southwell Minster is going to be something to remember.

Other highlights of 2022 include composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly; a celebration of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams with the poetry of his wife Ursula Vaughan Williams; and a rendition of James MacMillan’s seminal work, Seven Last Words from the Cross, alongside music by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.

The program also includes jazz from Magpie Trio and Alice Zawadzki, a visit by Custard the Dragon to the hugely popular Family Concert and a special Jubilee-themed Come & Sing event.

Festival artistic director Marcus Farnsworth is pictured in action (Photo by Nick Rutter)

For tickets you can book online at or call the box office on 01636 330014 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 7.30pm).

Alongside the main programme, the Southwell Music Festival is also committed to developing and supporting the next generation of music creators.

This year, the festival welcomes apprentices at the start of their career to play alongside its ensembles of professional musicians; organizes a Masterclass session for the selected young musicians and presents the best of young musical talent through the Young Artists Series.

And don’t forget the local talent showcased at the free Fringe Festival, including the popular outdoor picnic concert Brass on the Grass, which makes a welcome return on Saturday afternoons.

Proceeds from all fringe events are donated to the local disability charity Reach Southwell.

The new festival guide is available from Southwell and area outlets or you can visit

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