Welcome to the Southern Cathedrals Festival 2022
15th -17th July 2022 in Salisbury Cathedral
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Cathedral music is truly one of this country's national treasures. The Southern Cathedrals Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music and to take part in worship within the setting of three magnificent cathedrals. We cherish the friendship between our three Cathedrals, a family to which our musicians, patrons, worshippers and audience members belong. It offers sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard by the three cathedrals' renowned choirs. The choirs will be performing separately and together and will be complemented by visiting performers. The music is presented in concerts and within worship.
We are delighted that from the 15th - 17th July 2022, SCF will return to the dramatic setting of Salisbury Cathedral. The Festival is all about sharing liturgy and worship as well as music. There are three sung services and four concerts plus a Bach piano recital by candlelight. The Saturday evening concert performance of Haydn’s masterpiece ‘The Creation’, with The Hanover Band, will be something not to be missed. 2022 marks two notable anniversaries; Franck was born in 1822 and Vaughan Williams in 1872 so the festival will showcase music by both composers. A concert of chamber music on the Friday contains a lesser-known song cycle by Vaughan Williams while Evensong on the same day has Valiant-for-Truth as the anthem. Franck’s important contribution to the Romantic organ repertoire will be mainly represented in pre- and post-service music.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this feast of music-making!
The Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music and to take part in worship within the setting of three magnificent cathedrals.
The Southern Cathedrals Festival is back on the 15th - 17th July 2022 and will be hosted at Salisbury Cathedral.
Bringing together the renowned choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, to offer sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard.
This year, we are delighted to be returning with our first full 'in-person' festival since 2019!
There will be choral services, concerts large and small featuring our choirs as well as exciting visiting performers! We are particularly excited this year to welcome world-renowned performers such as Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, the fantastic vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six and one of Britain's finest period instrument orchestras, The Hanover Band.
We hope to be able to share this musical feast with you!
Tickets will be available on general sale from the 23rd May via the Salisbury Cathedral website.
Here is a look at some of the stories of SCF from people new to the festival as well as those with a long-standing connection and providing an exclusive look at the life of contemporary choristers.
#1 Meet Canon Andy Trenier who takes us on a tour of this year's host cathedral, as he reflects on the challenges of last year and looks to the future.
#2 Richard Seal, who was one of the team responsible for the resurgence of the concert in the 1960s, shows us his SCF programme collection.
#3 Verity, Head Girl chorister at Winchester Cathedral, talks about the mission to recruit new members before her time in the choir comes to an end.
#4 Steve Abbott, Lay Vicar at Salisbury Cathedral, reminisces with friends about his memories of previous Southern Cathedrals Festivals.
#5 Mark Draper, Lay Vicar at Chichester Cathedral, talks about how the pandemic allowed him to reevaluate his priorities and follow his passion for choral singing.
#6 Batman and Robin, Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia. Now, add Shane and Sarah to that list. Meet the dynamic duo at Winchester Cathedral and listen to their stunning duet.