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The Saint Endellion Summer Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. It began life when a musical priest, Roger Gaunt, was inspired to invite a group of college friends down to help him renovate St Endellion’s derelict rectory – actually one of the last surviving prebendal houses in England.
Slowly it grew and evolved from a group of friends putting on small scale concerts and an annual play to include an orchestra and a chorus. And from the ranks of its enthusiastic participants emerged a young Cambridge graduate and organist called Richard Hickox who took over from Roger Gaunt as Artistic Director in the mid Seventies, when he also instituted a sister festival at Easter.
The opening concert, on Wednesday 29th July, will see the return of Charles Owen with Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and a performance of Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solemnelle. Our annual visit to Truro will be on Monday 3rd August for a performance of Haydn’s Creation - a piece that is very dear to my heart. The Creation will also be performed in St Endellion on Saturday 1st August. Our other orchestral concert will be on 6th August with Elgar’s Sea Pictures sung by Roddy Williams and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Aidan Oliver. There will be chamber music concerts on Thursday 30th July and Sunday 2nd including Ryan Wigglesworth’s beautiful Echo and Narcissus written for Pamela Helen Stephen and myself and Dvorak’s 2nd Piano Quintet.
We very much hope that the wonderful Fisherman’s Friends will be back for a late-night session and we are really excited to be presenting the second performance of Cornish composer, Russell Pascoe’s new song cycle - Three Masks, One Face in a programme of vocal music in the first late night concert on Thursday 30th July.