summer festival60th Summer Festival

31 July - 10 August 2018

Full programme available here

Looking after the St Endellion Summer Festival has many similarities to tending a garden. We are now in the short days of the year when there is not a great deal to see but there is much useful tidying to be done and one can take time to dream and make preparations for next year. As any gardener knows, it is important to be flexible and imaginative - responding to changes of weather - allowing some things to take their own course and encouraging others to flourish. Planning for the 60th St Endellion Summer Festival has involved quite a few changes of direction but has also thrown up unexpected  and exciting opportunities. 

The opening notes on Wednesday 1st August will be played by Daniel Pailthorpe - one of our perennial favourites. The magical flute solo that starts Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune will I am sure cast a spell over the whole Festival. Charles Owen will return to play Ravel’s Piano Concerto - a marvellous piece with one of the most beautiful slow movements in the entire repertoire. Ryan Wigglesworth will conduct both works. The second half of the opening concert will feature Elgar’s Music Makers - a celebration of St Endellion if ever there was one:

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams

The mezzo soloist will be Susan Bickley and Aidan Oliver will conduct.

Elgar also features in our Truro Cathedral concert on Monday 6th August - when Tim Gill will appear as soloist in the wonderful Cello Concerto. The second half will be Mozart’s Requiem - one of classical music’s supreme masterpieces.  Tickets for this concert are already on sale via Hall Cornwall - click here for details and booking information.

Our opera on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th August will be Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust. Berlioz’s brilliant and thrilling score is endlessly inventive and if you don’t already know this wonderful piece I can assure you that you are in for an absolute treat. Peter Hoare, who we last heard as Rodolpho in La Boheme, will star - and the fabulous Festival Chorus will have an enormous amount of fun. I am delighted that Ryan Wigglesworth is with us again.

The other major orchestral concert on Thursday 9th August will include Bruckner’s Adagio from his string quintet arranged for string orchestra and directed by our fantastic leader Gabrielle Painter and Mahler’s 4th Symphony conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and introducing the wonderful young soprano, Rowan Pierce. 

We will, of course, have further delights to announce in the chamber music concerts - but one Late Night not to be missed will be a Broadway spectacular with the St Endellion Little Big Band and Festival Chorus on Thursday 9th directed by Tony Castro.

There is still a lot of hard work to do and we are, as ever, hugely grateful for your support and encouragement. You really do keep the Festival going and it is always a pleasure to write to you at this time of year and give you a taster of delights to look forward to.

Mark Padmore
Artistic Director