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. PL29 3TP. In 2018, the programme will include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (Eroica), Finzi’s Requiem da Camera and a wide range of other choral and orchestral music. Early booking is advisable due to the festival’s international reputation.
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.