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St Endellion Summer Festival 2014

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It is with great pleasure that I can announce the highlights of the 2014 St Endellion Summer Music Festival. Our opera will be Puccini's La bohème - one of the most beloved and popular operas in the repertoire – and it will be fascinating to experience this work of high emotion in the intimate space of St Endellion church. We have a wonderful cast led by Peter Hoare as Rodolfo, Sophie Bevan as Mimi and Roderick Williams as Marcello and I am delighted to welcome back Ryan Wigglesworth to conduct. Performances will be on Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th August and tickets will be in very high demand, so please make a special effort to book early. The choral highlight of the Festival will be Bach's B minor Mass which we will perform in St Endellion on Saturday 2nd August and in Truro Cathedral on Monday 4th August. The Truro concert promises to be a very special occasion indeed, as it will be performed in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War. Ryan Wigglesworth will conduct and soloists will include Pamela Helen Stephen and myself.

The Festival opens on Wednesday 30th July with Schubert's Mass in A flat conducted by Aidan Oliver and Charles Owen will return to the Festival to perform Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. The final orchestral concert will be on Thursday 7th August and will include a performance of Benjamin Britten's Nocturne in which I will be soloist with Ryan Wigglesworth conducting and the programme will end with Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony conducted by Aidan Oliver.

As usual, there will be a full programme of chamber music which will include a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet - one of the greatest works of art ever produced by a teenager - a Bach Cantata and a continuation of our exploration of the Piano Trio repertoire with Iain Burnside, Gabriela Painter and Joely Koos.

I missed last year's Festival due to unavoidable obligations aboard HMS Indomitable at Glyndebourne and I have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms ever since. I would urge you not to risk a similar fate and to put these dates in your diary straight away and to note the date that booking opens. I imagine that there will be great demand for tickets and I would hate anyone of you to be disappointed.

Mark Padmore

Artistic Director

Read the report from summer 2013 here