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Southwell Music Festival returns this Christmas

Southwell Music Festival is back this December for not one but two festive musical offerings at Southwell Minster.
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A Christmas Celebration on Monday 18 December, sees the Southwell Festival Voices join forces with director Marcus Farnsworth and narrator Simone Ibbett-Brown to share carols old and new in a stunning and atmospheric sequence of poetry and music celebrating the joy of Christmas.


Audiences are promised an evening of intimate music and words reflecting the themes of hope and peace central to the Christmas story. The festive programme features classic carols and seasonal works from composers, including Errollyn Wallen, Jonathan Dove and Cecilia McDowell, alongside the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Maya Angelou, Thomas Hardy, and Emily Dickinson.

Tickets are selling fast, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

This year the Festival team will also host its first ever Festive Family Carols on Sunday 17 December. This relaxed, interactive, daytime concert features a 50-minute programme of popular carols and music performed by a quartet of Festival Voices. Host Marcus Farnsworth will be leading proceedings, including the opportunity to join together and sing along to a few much-loved Christmas songs.

Christmas jumpers and festive wear are very much encouraged, with prizes for the best dressed.

Festival Director Marcus Farnsworth said: “Following a brilliant 2023 Festival, we are delighted to extend our Southwell Christmas offering. We look forward to welcoming the local community and music-lovers to one, or maybe even both events to share some seasonal joy”.

Buy your tickets for A Christmas Celebration and Festive Family Carols online at or call the Box Office on 01636 330014.