Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, the St Endellion summer music festival began life when a musical priest, Roger Gaunt, invited a group of college friends down to help him renovate St Endellion’s derelict rectory. Over the years the festival grew from friends putting on small scale fundraising concerts to include an orchestra and a chorus.
The beautiful church of St Endelienta becomes concert venue for some of the most prestigious soloist and musicians in the UK. Nowadays the internationally famous festival fields a symphony orchestra and a chorus of seventy-five who along with guest artistes present a program that encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands.
How can you take part?
Over a dozen concerts take place during the festival, and include lunchtime performances. Whatever your musical taste, you’ll find a concert that suits and in the unique surroundings of the church, the choirs, orchestras, string quartets and opera stars that perform will provide a lasting memory of one of Cornwall’s most renowned festivals.
Did you know?
The festival contributes to a £1.5 million project at St Endellion to improve and convert six buildings that will provide a flexible community resource incorporating accommodation, catering facilities, meeting and rehearsal spaces, studio and recording facilities and performance areas.