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. For 2022 we are delighted to welcome back Sir James MacMillan to guide us through the anguish and beauty of his Stabat Mater and our Easter weekend offering will include two performances of a brand-new Jeremy Sams translation of Bach's St Matthew Passion, conducted by the inimitable David Watkin. With world-class soloists and a spectacular series of speakers (Thoughts for the Day not to be missed), we are enormously looking forward to our long-awaited return to sharing creativity and communication in that beloved space.
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.