St Endellion Easter Music Festival
What’s it all about?
St Endellion Easter Festival was founded in 1973 by the late Richard Hickox and his then wife Frances. Like its elder summer sibling, the festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – none of whom is paid to participate in just over a week of very high quality music making.
The programme of music takes place in the 15th century Collegiate Church of St. Endelienta, St. Endellion, North Cornwall.
The next St Endellion Easter Festival will take place from 13th to 21st April 2019. We are pleased to announce that David Watkin, Professor of Strings at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and Gramophone Award winner for his definitive recording of the Bach Cello Suites, has agreed to return as Guest Music Director of the 2019 Festival.
A major highlight of the 2019 Festival will be a specially commissioned St Mark’s Passion by Oli Tarney, long standing member of the Easter Festival with a fast developing reputation as a composer. This new work will be performed on Good Friday along with Bach’s Cantata No 4 and Haydn’s 26th Symphony. The final weekend of the Festival will feature two performances of Mozart’s C Minor Mass, conducted by David Watkin, and Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony, conducted by Adam Hickox. The other full orchestral and choral concert of the Festival will be on Wednesday 17th April and will include orchestral concerti by Handel and Zelenka, MacMillan’s Misere, Howell’s Elegy for viola and strings, and Dvorak’s String Serenade. Andrew Watkinson, leader of the Endellion Quartet, returns to the Easter Festival to direct the Howell and the Dvorak, with David Watkin conducting the rest of this programme.
The Festival will also feature two chamber concerts, one, the opening concert on Palm Sunday, will include a Bach cello suite and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, the other will see performances of Mendelssohn’s String Octet and Mozart’s Grand Partita for 13 wind instruments. There will be two late night concerts, one a Beethoven piano recital by Viv McClean, the other a jazz and folk concert based around negro spirituals. The concert line-up is completed by a baroque lunchtime concert at St Kew. As always, there will be two sung church services, Thoughts for the Day on each weekday morning at 9am; and a Come and Sing on Saturday 13th April, conducted by Lucy Goddard. Our line-up of soloists will include Tim Dickinson, Chris Hill, Katy Hill, Viv McClean, Ben Rogerson, Katy Thomson, Andrew Watkinson, Shuna Wilson.
Regularly falling in either Holy Week or Easter week this spring festival has made a speciality of performances of major oratorios, such as the Bach Passions, whose intensity in the church’s intimate setting is a musical experience not to be missed. The Festival also includes chamber, orchestral and choral concerts with some of the leading soloists in the country and there is a daily Thought for the Day given by a cross section of eminent speakers.
Did you know?
The Festival’s sister charity, Endelienta, presents a year-round programme of arts and reflective events at St Endellion, including the North Cornwall Book Festival, featuring an eclectic mix of styles from brass bands to jazz.