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Cornwall hits a high note with the St Endellion Easter Music Festival

Music lovers all over the UK flock down to the 15th century Collegiate Church of St Endellion near St Isaac for the St Endellion Easter Music Festival
Every Easter a very special event takes place in the 15th century Collegiate Church of St Endellion near Port Isaac. The St Endellion Easter Music Festival brings some of the most talented musicians together from all over the world to take part in an exciting music festival. The event runs for 9 days, finishing on the Sunday of the Easter weekend.

What is the St Endellion Easter Music Festival?

The was started in 1973 by the late Richard Hickox, along with his wife Frances who still remains director of this long-standing celebration of music. The festival is preceded by a whole year of fundraising events to allow this fabulous celebration of mainly classical music to take place.

This festival of musical excellence takes place in the glorious setting of near the scenic coast of North Cornwall.

Along with the St Endellion Summer Festival, the Easter Festival brings together both amateur and professional musicians and they all pay to participate in this 9-day event of high quality music-making. The festival includes Bach passions during Holy Week along with chamber, orchestral and choral concerts. To complement the music, each morning there is a Thought for the Day lecture given by various noted speakers.

Most performances take place in the tiny 15th century Church of St Endellion near Port Isaac. This ancient collegiate church is one of England’s holy places and you will feel the remarkable sense of spiritual community when you visit.

Musical performances for the 2014 festival

The opening event on Saturday 12 April 2014 is a Come and Sing event, with rehearsals from 10am to 1pm and the concert performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Ave Verum Corpus at 2pm – sign up to take part. You can find out more by phoning 01840 3214613 for full details.

Lunchtime proms and evening chamber concerts continue each day at various times, highlighting many classical pieces by musical masters such as Handel, Vivaldi, Elgar, Schumann and Britten. The festival features a Candlelit Concert at 10pm on Thursday 17 April 2014 of the WW1 themed Goodbye Dolly which is not to be missed.

What better way to celebrate the highlight of the Christian calendar on Easter Sunday than with Easter Eucharist at 11am and an evening concert of St Matthew Passion at 6.30pm in the historic church. This is also the grand finale of the St Endellion East Music Festival ensuring it ends on a high note!

Anyone passionate about ecclesiastical music will find this a moving event. The closing concert is at 6 pm.

How to participate in the St Endellion Easter Music Festival

All these musical performances are ticketed events and for some of the concerts you can reserve a specific seat. Full information about the event is available online or you can book by phone on 07870 548187.

Have you attended any of the past performances at St Endellion Church? How would you describe your experience to others? Do share your knowledge with us in the comment box below.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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