62nd Summer Festival
28 July - 7 August 2020
We are delighted to announce an outline of our plans the 2020 St Endellion Summer Festival.
This year’s opera will be Wagner’s Flying Dutchman - a wildly stirring story of stormy seas and tempestuous passions. Duncan Ward, who made such a great debut at the Festival in 2019, will conduct a cast that includes Rachel Nicholls and Peter Hoare. Performances will be on Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th August. Duncan Ward will also conduct Haydn’s glorious late oratorio, The Seasons, written to follow up on the huge success of Creation. I love this work and believe that it contains some of the greatest music that the most genial of composers ever wrote. Sophie Bevan, Roddy Williams and myself will be the soloists. Performances in St Endellion on Saturday 1st August and in Truro Cathedral on Monday 3rd.
We are delighted to welcome back Martyn Brabbins, who conducted us such memorable performances of Boris Godunov in 2015, to conduct our opening concert on Wednesday 29th July. Joining him will be my dear friend Imogen Cooper to play Mozart’s C major piano concerto, K503. Imogen is one of the world’s great pianists and it will be a wonderful treat to hear her in the intimate setting of St Endellion. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday we will perform his Mass in C in the second half - a work that I recorded with Richard Hickox and which holds a special place in my heart. Martyn Brabbins will also conduct Brahms 3rd Symphony on Thursday 6th August in our orchestral concert.
Chamber music will feature Beethoven with his Quintet for piano and winds and Imogen Cooper and I will perform his beautiful song cycle An die ferne Geliebte. One of our late night concerts will be Schubert’s Winterreise sung in English by Roddy Williams.
Further details will be posted on the St Endellion Festivals website when it becomes available.