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St Endellion Summer Festival 2014 - Artistic Director’s report



Many of you will remember the extraordinary Festival of 2011 when Martyn Brabbins conducted Wagner’s Die Walküre. A near disaster was averted when Sir John Tomlinson agreed to appear at the last minute as Wotan in place of an ailing Robert Hayward. All those who were there will never forget that performance. I am delighted to be able to announce that not only will Martyn Brabbins be making a welcome return to St Endellion this summer but also that he will be conducting Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with Sir John in the title role. Alongside Sir John will be a world-class cast including Brindley Sherratt, Rachel Nichols, Pamela Helen Stephen, Peter Hoare, David Butt Phillips and Roddy Williams. There will be just two performances on 5th and 7th August and are surely not to be missed.


The opening concert, on Wednesday 29th July, will see the return of Charles Owen with Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and a performance of Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solemnelle. Our annual visit to Truro will be on Monday 3rd August for a performance of Haydn’s Creation - a piece that is very dear to my heart. The Creation will also be performed in St Endellion on Saturday 1st August. Our other orchestral concert will be on 6th August with Elgar’s Sea Pictures sung by Roddy Williams and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Aidan Oliver. There will be chamber music concerts on Thursday 30th July and Sunday 2nd including Ryan Wigglesworth’s beautiful Echo and Narcissus written for Pamela Helen Stephen and myself and Dvorak’s 2nd Piano Quintet.


We very much hope that the wonderful Fisherman’s Friends will be back for a late-night session and we are really excited to be presenting the second performance of Cornish composer, Russell Pascoe’s new song cycle - Three Masks, One Face in a programme of vocal music in the first late night concert on Thursday 30th July.


I hope you will all agree that this promises to be an absolute feast and I really hope to be able to see you all there.


Mark Padmore