St Endellion Summer Festival -
The 2013 St Endellion Summer Music Festival was a special one, where performers and audiences alike left sated and nourished by the repertoire chosen by artistic director Mark Padmore, the quality of the artists interpreting it, and the unique space of St Endellion church in which it all took place. The centrepiece of the festival was Bizet's Carmen, performed with astonishing depth, emotion and vocal quality by Pamela Helen Stephen, Peter Hoare, Roderick Williams and Rachel Nicholls among others, all under the assured and dynamic direction of conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. The festival orchestra played with beautiful clarity and commitment, and the chorus of toreadors and flower girls hammed it up with very little encouragement required!
The magnetic Charles Owen returned to continue his cycle of Beethoven piano concertos, and the opening concert was completed by Aidan Oliver's sensitive and beautiful interpretation of Haydn's Harmoniemesse. Aidan also conducted wonderfully emotive performances of Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem in both St Endellion and memorably also in Truro Cathedral, with Matthew Brook and Anna Patalong providing us with some ravishing solo singing. Our final choral and orchestral programme saw Rachel Nicholls' stunning account of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, followed by Ryan Wigglesworth cajoling a quite thrilling performance from the festival orchestra as they brought Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony alive in that magical church.
Our programme of chamber music brought highlight after highlight, but amongst many things impossible to dislodge from the memory are Roderick Williams' heartbreaking Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Messaien's equally heartbreaking Quartet for the End of Time, and Iain Burnside, Gabrielle Painter and Joely Koos' masterful Beethoven Piano Trio.
It will be hard to top (not least because we had such wonderful sunshine), but top it we shall try with performances of Puccini's La Boheme, featuring Sophie Bevan, Peter Hoare and Roderick Williams, and we are thrilled that Ryan Wigglesworth will return as principal conductor. We will also perform Bach's masterpiece Mass in B Minor in Truro Cathedral on the 100th anniversary (to the day)of the outbreak of World War 1, with soloists including our Artisic Director Mark Padmore. That should not be missed.
See you next year.
Tom Hickox, Summer Festival Chairman