Programme for 2024

The Festival will run from the 22nd July to the last night on the 27th July.

The Programme will be as follows:

 

Monday 22nd July 2024

The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Rameau – Suite from Boreard

Mozart – Violin Concerto (Soloist – Callum Smart)

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

 

Wednesday 24th July in 2024

The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Faure – Pavane Op. 50

Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte

Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Sibelius – Symphony No. 7

Stravinsky – Petrushka (1947 Version)

 

Thursday 25th July 2024

The Methodist Church, The Avenue, Minehead at 4pm

The Festival Chamber Ensemble:

Programme TBC

 

Saturday 27th July 2024

The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead at 7.30pm

Ravel – Piano Concerto in G (Soloist – Jill Morton)

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4

 


 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 over thirty years under the baton of Richard Dickens and this year in 2024 they welcome their new artistic director Christopher Stark. 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 and we welcome performances by well established international soloists as well as up and coming stars.

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.

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