YOUNG musicians and artists were stars of the 2012 Mayfield Festival which closed last Sunday after ten consecutive nights of stunning performances.
This popular Festival of Music and the Arts - now in its 42nd year - presented an impressive roster of up-and coming-stars, including award-winning guitarist Sean Shibe, the Finzi Quartet, sisters the Rose Trio, and girls from St. Leonards-Mayfield School. The village also hosted established names including the sell-out John Wilson Orchestra and Tenebrae, considered to be Britain’s finest choir, who gave a concert in St. Dunstan’s Church.
Local artists were celebrated in an exhibition organised by Mayfield’s Dark Horse Gallery, with an art trail around the High Street, art and craft workshops.
Current artistic director Neil Mackie CBE now steps down after eight years in the post. Describing his tenure as ‘one of the happiest music-making periods of my career,’ the distinguished tenor said: “It has been an privilege to have been part of such a fine community. Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to sustain the four festivals that have taken place under my direction. Long may the Mayfield Festival continue to blossom and enhance the community as a whole.”
Neil is succeeded by conductor, musicologist and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly. Chairman Jonathan Jones said: “We look forward to many years of collaboration with Jeremy. For the immediate future we have tasked him to explore innovation without compromising quality, look further at village inclusion and outreach to schools, and make the Festival something that goes beyond being a series of concerts every two years.”