Programme for 2022

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The Festival will run from the 24th July to the last night on the 30th.

The Programme will be as follows:

Sunday 24th in the Methodist Church, The Avenue, Minehead

Young Persons’ Concert. Anthony and Matthew Knight playing Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Ukulele

Monday 25th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead

Britten Simple Symphony

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor (Soloist – Maya Magub)

Mozart Symphony No 41 (Jupiter)

Wednesday 27th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead

Verdi Overture Nabucco

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major (Soloist – Callum Smart [John Gallant is indisposed])

Sibelius Symphony No 5

Thursday 28th in the Methodist Church, The Avenue, Minehead

Festival Chamber Ensemble – programme to be confirmed

Saturday 30th in the Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez (Soloist – Gary Ryan)

Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)


 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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