Selected Sundays throughout 2016 in the Great Hall at Southwell’s Archbishop’s Palace
7.30pm, with refreshments from 7pm

Free entry, with retiring collection.

In 2016, the Archbishop’s Palace will be celebrating 40 years of music in its Great Hall. To commemorate the occasion, a selection of fine live performances will take place on selected Sundays throughout the year. Find out more below on what to expect in this iconic venue, neighbouring Southwell Minster.

Sunday 8th May | The Study of Pianoforte
Ukrainian-born pianist Ivan Hovorun begins our 2016 series with a programme of major piano works. Ivan began his studies at the age of five, and gave his first solo recital at the age of nine. We look forward to welcoming him to the State Chamber for a thrilling evening of Couperin, Liszt and Mozart.

Sunday 15th May | 40 Years of Migh
Southwell Minster Choir treats us to a programme of choral favourites, including Naylor’s Vox dicentis and Howells’ Take him, earth, for cherishing. This concert will take place in the Quire of Southwell Minster.

Sunday 12th June | In Bach’s Musical Parlour
To open the door to J.S. Bach‘s well patronised musical parlour, and to explore the historic soundworld of German Baroque music, the Ensemble I Colori Armonici (founded by students of the Musikhochschule Munich) will present works written by Silvius Leopold Weiss, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and others together with compositions by the master himself.

Sunday 19th June | Courtly Music in England
The Minstery of Sound rediscover choral music of the composers closely linked to the Royal Court. This rarely heard music tracks the political and historical events of the time from the Battle of Agincourt to the Commonwealth, including the Reformation. In the surroundings of Wolsey’s Palace, this could not be a more appropriate setting for a recital of beautiful sacred and secular music from across the period.

Sunday 10th July | My Favourite Things
An eclectic selection of solo harp music performed by Nottinghamshire harpist, Louise Cook. Enjoy an evening of Louise’s favourite pieces and arrangements for harp from J.S. Bach to The Beatles; also including music by Ludovico Einaudi and from the ever-popular musicals Les Misérables and The Sound of Music.

Sunday 11th September | Songs of Travel
Award-winning baritone Andrew Ashwin returns to the series to perform a programme of Schumann Lieder and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. Andrew’s illustrious career so far has taken him as far afield as Mexico, Singapore and Malaysia, performing in opera productions, song recitals, and as soloist in oratorios such as Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. In 2014 Andrew delighted us with a programme of operatic favourites, and this year he returns for something a little different!

Sunday 9th October | Southwell Minster School
‘Music in the Great Hall’ was originally founded as a showcase opportunity for the young people of Southwell, and in the spirit of such a platform, we present to you an evening of music from students at Southwell Minster School. A wonderful opportunity to support the stars of tomorrow.

Friday 14th October | Annual St Cecilia Concert
The City of London Sinfonia returns to Southwell with conductor Stephen Layton, to join forces with the Minster Choirs in performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems, J.S. Bach’s Suite No 3 in D major, and a new commission by James MacMillan.

Sunday 13th November | Jeremy Jepson (counter tenor)
Former Cathedral Lay Clerk Jeremy Jepson returns to Southwell to perform a diverse mix of solo works, from Handel’s Mi Palpita il Cor and arias by J.S. Bach and Purcell, through to songs by Howells, Britten and Vaughan Williams. Jeremy has held singing positions in many cathedrals around the UK, and was a student at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Dance, and the Royal College of Music.

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Location: Archbishop's Palace, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD