Bassoonist Amy Harman, who will perform at Friday’s concert.
Bassoonist Amy Harman, who will perform at Friday’s concert.

A free concert takes place at Southwell Minster on Friday to announce the programme for this summer’s Southwell Music Festival.

The concert will feature performances by leading musicians associated with the festival and the event’s artistic director, Marcus Farnsworth, will introduce the 2017 programme.

This year’s festival runs from August 24 to 28 at venues throughout the town.
Its aim is to celebrate classical music, raise the profile of Southwell, and inspire local musicians.

“This concert will be a great introduction to the festival,” said Marcus.

“I look forward to sharing the delights of this year’s programme, as well as enjoying some beautiful music.”

The concert will feature the festival’s associate artistic director, violinist Jamie Campbell, joined by pianist James Cheung and bassoonist Amy Harman.

Jamie read music at Cambridge and continued his studies at Vienna, London and Madrid.

He has appeared as guest leader with the London Sinfonietta, City Of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra.

'A new star on the orchestral scene'

Amy was appointed principal bassoon with one of London’s top orchestras — the Philharmonia — at the age of 23. 

She is currently principal bassoon of Aurora Orchestra, the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Sheffield based Ensemble 360.

Marcus said: “Amy is a new star on the orchestral scene and it is a complete thrill to present her to our festival audience. 

“Her presence as our principal bassoon at the festival in August is indicative of the amazing quality of musicians who want to perform in Southwell.”

Admission to the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the festival.

 It will be followed by refreshments in the Crossing.