Oboist: James Turnbull

We will be welcoming oboist James Turnbull to the festival, for two concerts on Friday 8th April.

Here he is performing Britten’s charming The Grasshopper with Libby Burgess:

Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James is an active chamber musician and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Perpetuo. Founded in 2013, Perpetuo is a chamber music collective that specialises in multi-art form collaborations and innovative ways of performing chamber music in new contexts. Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.

Organist: Simon Johnson

We are thrilled to welcome the Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral to Beverley for the festival. Simon Johnson will play a lunchtime recital in the Minster, give a demonstration on the organ at Hull City Hall, and take part in our late night chorale prelude concert.

Here he is exploring the instrument at St Paul’s:


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Alan Spedding memorial

Registration is now open for the Come & Sing Fauré Requiem on Saturday 27th February. We invite all singers to join us in a day of music-making in memory of the late Alan Spedding.

Have a look at the details here and sign up now to reserve your place.

Violinists: Jamie Campbell & Alexandra Reid

Our two violinists, Jamie Campbell and Alexandra Reid, both featured at the BBC Proms this summer. Here they both are playing Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 (‘Pastoral’) from memory – quite an incredible feat – with Aurora Orchestra:

Cellist: Cara Berridge

Cellist Cara Berridge spends much of her time playing with the Sacconi Quartet, of which she is a founding member. Here they are playing Frank Bridge’s Novelletten at the Wigmore Hall:

Baritone: Marcus Farnsworth

We are delighted that baritone Marcus Farnsworth will be singing the great song cylce Dichterliebe at the closing concert of the festival; in this clip he sings Gurney’s song Sleep, at his own festival in Southwell, with our Artistic Director Libby Burgess on piano:

Organist: Richard Pinel

Festival organist Richard Pinel has recently released his debut disc ‘L’Orgue Symphonique: French Organ Works from Windsor Castle’. Recorded by Resonus Classic on the Harrison and Harrison organ of St George’s Chapel Windsor, this is a virtuosic and beautiful recording.

See here for further details or to purchase a copy.

Here is Richard playing the Coronation March ‘Orb and Sceptre’ by William Walton on the same instrument:

Soprano: Mary Bevan

Festival artist Mary Bevan is currently singing in Gilbert & Sullivan favourite The Mikado at English National Opera, with the Guardian claiming “Mary Bevan’s is the vocal adornment of the evening”.

Take a look here at Mary singing in the recent Royal Opera House / Roundhouse production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Orfeo.

Here she is singing the effervescent Quilter song, Love’s Philosophy:

The Queen’s Six

Festival artists The Queen’s Six are currently the featured artist on the front cover CD of the BBC Music Magazine Christmas Edition. Pick up your copy now!

Have a look at A Day in the Life of The Queen’s Six, (looking unfeasibly summery!):

The Queen’s Six will demonstrate the wide range of their skills at New Paths, from late-night Compline service in the Minster to Barbershop Drinks in the East Riding Theatre bar.