Programme for 2023


The Festival will run from the 24th July to the last night on the 29th.

The Programme will be as follows:

Monday 24th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte Overture

Mozart – Clarinet Concerto (Soloist – Sarah Thurlow)

Haydn – Symphony No 101 (The Clock)

Wednesday 26th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Berlioz – Beatrice and Benedict Overture

Sibelius – Violin Concerto (Soloist – Callum Smart)

Brahms – Symphony No 2

Thursday 27th in the Methodist Church, The Avenue, Minehead at 4pm

The Festival Chamber Ensemble:

Mozart Divertimento no.3 k439b for three clarinets
Francaix Quatuor for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Bizet Four pieces from Jeux D’enfants for wind quintet
Gounod Petite Symphonie for winds

Saturday 29th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Dvorak – Cello Concerto (Soloist – Laura van der Heijden)

Alan Ridout – Fanfare for Minehead

Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

 Minehead and Exmoor Festival Orchestra

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The orchestra which plays a pivotal role in each year to the Minehead Music Festival was originally founded by Tim Reynish in 1963. It has been running in its present form for thirty years+ under our Artistic Director, Richard Dickins. A core of the performers have been coming for all of that time. Others have joined more recently and every season sees some joining for the first time.

The players are drawn from all over the country but most come from the London area where many of them perform with well established orchestras and chamber groups: past leaders have included Maya Magub from the London Mozart Players and Gonzalo Acosta, associate leader at English National Opera. One or two performers do live locally but the reason we look further afield is to find instrumentalists who will maintain and, where possible, improve on the well established high standards our audiences have come to expect. The fixing of players is done by the orchestra’s section leaders and this ensures high quality and helps the players gel as soon as they arrive and play well together.

With Richard Dickins’ help we are able to enjoy performances by well established international soloists as well as up and coming stars.

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