WOWFest: Wells Orchestral Weekend at The Bishop’s Palace
Saturday 14th July 2018
The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is delighted to be welcoming WOWFest: Wells Orchestral Weekend with its inaugural festival, from 12th-15th July 2018.
A range of venues across the City will be hosting groups from all across the world for an intense weekend of music-making, featuring over 200 young musicians. The musicians will be taking part in workshops alongside expert tutors, leading to this series of concerts and events.
WOWFest aims to complement the rich cultural heritage of Wells with new opportunities for international young musicians and by bringing quality orchestral music to the residents of Wells.
The festival will open with a free concert, conducted by Charles Hazlewood in Wells Cathedral on Thursday 12th July at 7.30pm.
WOWFest is also collaborating with the Diocese of Bath and Wells to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Zambia Link on Saturday 14th July. Musicians will perform during the Cathedral service, followed by a procession led by the Royal Artillery Band to The Bishop’s Palace, where there will be further picnic concerts on the lawns.
Concerts on 14th July will include the German string orchestra “Violinissimo” at 12pm, The BIS Kuala Lumpur Ensembles, on the South Lawn at 4pm and “Stringendo” another German string orchestra at 5pm.
Other events held by the festival include a free presentation of life as a military musician by the Royal Artillery Band, a free family-friendly string concert in Cedars Hall where ensembles from Germany and Malaysia will perform music suitable for all ages with a guest appearance by the Blue School String group, and a celebratory closing ceremony in the Town Hall with musicians from the UK, Germany and Malaysia.
Further information available at www.bishopspalace.org.uk