St. Endellion Easter Festival: 9 - 17 April 2022

STOP PRESS:  We are thrilled to announce that Mark Padmore will be singing the role of Evangelist in the performances of the St Matthew Passion on 15th and 16th April.

We are delighted to share the full programme for the Easter Festival with you. These are the ideas that kept us going through the darker parts of the last two years and dreams that kept us optimistic in the face of the COVID-19 storm. 

Click here for a pdf of the programme.

We are excited to present two performances of a brand-new Jeremy Sams translation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion (commissioned by the Easter Festival), conducted by our inimitable Principal Conductor, David Watkin, on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April. Those of you who tuned into our Digital Festival events in 2021 might remember the lengthy and enlightened debate initiated between David and Oliver Tarney on performing these works in translation: well, this longterm project is a direct result of those discussions, and we felt it was the perfect way to celebrate fifty years of the Easter Festival (and counting!). Stay tuned for more information on the translation of Bach’s St John Passion in the not-too-distant future…

Sir James MacMillan makes his hugely anticipated return to the Easter Festival to conduct his hauntingly beautiful Stabat Mater alongside Finzi’s Farewell to Arms on Wednesday 13 April. He will also talk about his autobiography Scots Song at a cosy literary lunchtime “concert” in St Kew. We cannot wait to welcome him back to the Festival.

We are excited to be collaborating with Endelienta on a book talk, to celebrate the launch of their monthly book talk series: join Endellion favourite Patrick Gale as he introduces his most recent novel, Mother’s Boy.

None other than our own star, Adam Hickox, will conduct the final concert of the Festival, and we could not think of a better way to mark our triumphant return to live musicmaking. An Endellionite to his core, Adam will conduct a magnificent programme that includes Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, and Errollyn Wallen’s lyrical Cello Concerto.

We are also delighted that Andrew and Shuna Watkinson will join us for the opening chamber concert, featuring our very own Co-Chair Katy Thomson, performing music by Elgar and Shostakovich.

With a host of other delicious chamber music, meditative candle-lit moments as well as choral Evensong and Eucharist, our 2022 Festival Programme is packed with Endellion magic.

With our very best wishes, 

Katy & Suzanne 


Suzanne Doyle and Katy Thomson 

St. Endellion Easter Festival Co-Chairs