August 22 -25 sees the inaugural Southwell Music Festival in Nottinghamshire. It is to be held at Southwell Minister and is the brainchild of former Head Chorister, Marcus Farnsworth. I am delighted to have been asked to kick-off the festival with a lunchtime concert alongside Anna Croad (violin) and rising soprano star Alison Rose. My own contribution will include the music of Elliott Carter, Rene Staar and Gustav Mahler. There are some really interesting concerts and masterclasses throughout the week, for more details see their website.