St Endellion Easter Festival 4th to 12th April 2015
Well. Without question one of the best and happiest Easter Festivals yet. Glorious weather from the first day, heralding glorious music-
We were privileged to have four wonderful conductors to lead us through the week, each with different inspirational gifts. James MacMillan, without doubt, cast his own special spell over Durufle’s Requiem, preceded by two electrifying miniatures of his own, Sonny and O, and his sensitive accompaniment of our festival treasure, Andrew Watkinson, in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Andrew himself inspired remarkable playing from the strings when he directed Handel, Elgar and Purcell in the midweek concert, before joining with his wife, Shuna Wilson (cello), to give a memorable baroque programme at lunchtime in St Kew Church – no-
The Festival is really blessed with talent, and it is exciting to see a new tranche of young musicians now dominating the orchestra, chorus and solo line-
None of this creativity could happen without an equally hard working and happy support team, covering (for about 150 folk) food, accommodation, stage management, publicity, box office, printing, parties, child care, treasury, car parking, coffee making and many other roles that are crucial to a harmonious week. Heartfelt thanks to all those involved in creating that harmony, not least to the Parish in their welcome and in their tolerance of our exuberant invasion! Thank you, too, to Robert and Kate Sloman for hosting the Friends Party at their beautiful home, Roscarrock Manor.
We are thrilled that a new Rector has already been appointed, and we hugely look forward to meeting the Rev.Elizabeth Wild next spring, and wish her every joy in her ministry of the North Cornwall Cluster.
Watch this space for information regarding the 2016 Easter Festival. Plans are well under way, with delicious programmes being crafted! Mark Padmore will give a candlelit recital of Schubert’s great song-
43rd St Endellion Easter Festival -