St Endellion Easter Music Festival
What’s it all about?
St Endellion Easter Festival founded by the late Richard Hickox and his then wife Frances, who remains the director, almost four decades on. Like its elder summer sibling, the festival is unusual in that the musicians and singers are a mix of amateur and professional – all of whom pay 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 and recent years have seen such works as Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana being programmed in the main concerts. Early booking is advisable due to the festival’s international reputation, and tickets go on sale in January 2013.
Regularly falling in either Holy Week or Easter week this spring festival has made a speciality of English language performances of 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.
How can you take part?
The 2017 Festival may run from 15th April until 21st April and begins with an open invitation to all wind and brass players to join with members of the Festival orchestra to Come and Blow!
The main programme (26th March – 3rd April) sees two chamber concerts, a late night concert, a Lunchtime Prom in St Kew Church and three rich choral and orchestral concerts. The distinguished composer and conductor, James MacMillan, will make i sfirst appearance at his first Endellion Festival, when he will conduct Durufle’s Requiem, the Violin Concerto of Mendelssohn (with Andrew Watkinson as soloist) and two of his own works. The Festival welcomes the return of Keith Slade and Eamonn Dougan to the rostrum to conduct works including Bach’s Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Schoenberg’s magical Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night). Along with these three maestri, there will be a stellar cast of soloists and chamber musicians, and some wise speakers to pass on Thoughts for the Day each morning throughout the week.
The final programme will be posted here before Christmas and tickets will go on sale at the beginning of February.
Did you know?
There is a year long programme of fundraising events in the church featuring an eclectic mix of styles from brass bands to jazz.