St Endellion Music Festival
31st March – 8th April 31 July – 10 August 2018
The St Endellion Music Festivals take place at Easter and in the Summer every year, bringing together a wide range of musicians from all over the world to perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts in the inspiring and intimate atmosphere of the Collegiate Church of St Endellion, North Cornwall and surrounds. St Endellion is near Port Isaac, about a mile from the glorious North Cornwall Coast.
The next St Endellion Easter Festival will take place from 31 March – 8 April 2018. They are pleased to announce that David Watkin, Professor of Strings at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and Gramophone Award winner for his definitive recording of the Bach Cello Suites, has agreed to return as Guest Music Director of the 2018 Festival. He will be conducting Handel’s Messiah on Friday 6th and Sunday 8th April. Our other two full choral and orchestral concerts will be on Wednesday 4th April and Saturday 7th April. On 4th April, the programme, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, Andrew Watkinson and Adam Hickox, will comprise Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings; Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; Bach’s double concerto for oboe and violin; Holst’s This have I done for my own true love for a cappella choir; and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence for string orchestra. On 7th April, a programme to commemorate the last year of the First World War, conducted by Eamonn Dougan and David Watkin, will comprise Butterworth’s Banks of the Green Willow; Finzi’s Requiem da Camera; and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (the Eroica). The Festival will also feature two chamber concerts (1st and 3rd April), two late night concerts – one of baroque vocal music and one of jazz (3rd and 5th April); a lunchtime Chopin piano recital at St Kew (4th April); two sung church services (1st and 8th April); Thoughts for the Day each weekday morning at 9am; and a Come and Sing (Fauré Requiem) (31st March), conducted by Oli Tarney. Our line-up of soloists will include Andrew Watkinson; the Galini Piano Trio; Chris Glynn; Viv McClean; Polly Bartlett; Fran Barritt; Katy Hill and Andy Williamson.
Looking after the St Endellion Summer Festival has many similarities to tending a garden. We are now in the short days of the year when there is not a great deal to see but there is much useful tidying to be done and one can take time to dream and make preparations for next year. As any gardener knows, it is important to be flexible and imaginative – responding to changes of weather – allowing some things to take their own course and encouraging others to flourish. Planning for the 60th St Endellion Summer Festival has involved quite a few changes of direction but has also thrown up unexpected and exciting opportunities.
The opening notes on Wednesday 1st August will be played by Daniel Pailthorpe – one of our perennial favourites. The magical flute solo that starts Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune will I am sure cast a spell over the whole Festival. Charles Owen will return to play Ravel’s Piano Concerto – a marvellous piece with one of the most beautiful slow movements in the entire repertoire. Ryan Wigglesworth will conduct both works. The second half of the opening concert will feature Elgar’s Music Makers – a celebration of St Endellion if ever there was one:
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams
The mezzo soloist will be Susan Bickley and Aidan Oliver will conduct.
Elgar also features in our Truro Cathedral concert on Monday 6th August – when Tim Gill will appear as soloist in the wonderful Cello Concerto. The second half will be Mozart’s Requiem – one of classical music’s supreme masterpieces. Tickets for this concert are already on sale via Hall Cornwall – click here for details and booking information.
Our opera on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th August will be Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust. Berlioz’s brilliant and thrilling score is endlessly inventive and if you don’t already know this wonderful piece I can assure you that you are in for an absolute treat. Peter Hoare, who we last heard as Rodolpho in La Boheme, will star – and the fabulous Festival Chorus will have an enormous amount of fun. I am delighted that Ryan Wigglesworth is with us again.
The other major orchestral concert on Thursday 9th August will include Bruckner’s Adagio from his string quintet arranged for string orchestra and directed by our fantastic leader Gabrielle Painter and Mahler’s 4th Symphony conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and introducing the wonderful young soprano, Rowan Pierce.
We will, of course, have further delights to announce in the chamber music concerts – but one Late Night not to be missed will be a Broadway spectacular with the St Endellion Little Big Band and Festival Chorus on Thursday 9th directed by Tony Castro.
There is still a lot of hard work to do and we are, as ever, hugely grateful for your support and encouragement. You really do keep the Festival going and it is always a pleasure to write to you at this time of year and give you a taster of delights to look forward to.
Me and my husband stayed one night at The Longcross Hotel & Gardens nearby Port Isaac in July 2017. A wonderful stay in every way. A beautiful hotel in gorgeous surroundings, nice staff and a wonderful view.
It took only a short time to drive to Port Isaac where we had a marvellous time with good food and a really nice guiding tour in ”Doc Martins” place. We can really recommend this fantastic hotel and place!
Just a short break
Nice hotel in a lovely part of the world, really good food, I was very impressed with the staff all of which could not do anymore for you making the stay very good indeed, Many thanks to all the team< when we next visit Cornwall we know where to stay.
Such a lovely hotel. The staff were super friendly and helpful. We had the stable suite which was fabulous. It is very dog friendly. The gardens are superb. The location is quiet and peaceful. The bar and restaurant are lovely.
It is only a half an hour walk to Port Isaac which was very busy even in September.
Would definitely recommend.
Lovely old building with spectacular grounds and breath-taking views. Only a short drive from Port Isaac - perfect for the Doc Martin fans who dont want to/can't afford to pay to stay in the middle of the town. The breakfast was simple but very high quality. Staff were all fantastic. Room (4) was spacious and well equiped. The shower was ok, nothing to write home about, but was certainly functional. Highly recommend it.
We absolutely loved staying at the Longcross Hotel! My husband and I were celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary, and we were lucky enough to book the Honeymoon Suite! It was heavenly! Jamie, and his staff, were the best. It’s the little things that make the difference.
Fresh lavender on the breakfast tables. Low chamber music, glowing fireplace and immaculately clean.
Evening dinners were gourmet quality with attention to local cuisine. And, Jamie recommended Mark, the local taxi driver, who was a real gem! We loved every second and will cherish our beloved memories her! Thank you for everything!♥️💕
Longcross was the highlight of our recent journey to the UK. Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful gardens and location, our rooms were all lovely, and the food was delicious. Definitely five stars and more!
Lovely Sunday Lunch
Called in here adhoc to see if we could get some lunch. Everyone was very friendly and we were whisked to a table straight away by one of the very efficient team. Views over the sea were magnificent and so was the lunch, succulent roast beef, fresh vegetables and extra gravy with proper roast potatoes. Customer service was very good and we could not fault anything with our visit.
Exceptionally well run hotel
One of the best country hotels we have stayed inn.Exceptionally well run by manager and staff.attention to detail and good service all round. Food to a good standard. We had sea view room,plenty of storage space and comfortable bed. No hesitation to return to this hotel.
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