Music, Film & Theatre

Nova Classical Music Festival

Words by Nikki Hotchin

Young musicians bringing classical music home to Wheal Martyn…

Live music returns again to St Austell on 25th, 26th and 27th August 2022 : after the amazing success of it’s inaugural concerts in 2021, the classical music festival, Nova, will once again sparkle with performances by exciting young classical musicians in front of live audiences, at the wonderful Wheal Martyn Museum in St Austell…

Joseph Barker, the artistic director and founder, has teamed up with fellow Cornish musicians, currently in their second year at London, Birmingham and Salzburg conservatoires,  to bring a fantastic, varied programme over 3 nights to entertain locals and holiday-makers alike in this sometimes culturally-overlooked area of Cornwall.

With pre-concert drinks and snacks on the pretty clematis-strewn terrace, and beautiful Brahms, Britten, Mozart, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky string movements (plus other additional works), played by a variety of ensembles in the lovely glass entry area of the museum, it’s the perfect, chilled summer evening out.

The festival takes it’s name from the term used for a new star, representing not only its aim to celebrate young musicians on the cusp of their careers, but also to give them performance experience, provide inspiring concerts for local audiences and to encourage local young people to enjoy and get into classical music.

With this new Nova festival they hope to provide similar opportunities for young musicians, and create a fresh annual celebration of classical music in St Austell. As well as a high standard of music performances on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, they’re planning sea-swims, walks and picnics to make for an enjoyable week for everyone involved.

Go to for more info and ticket sales: adults £14-£36, under 25s £6

Wheal Martyn St. Austell Cornwall PL26 8XG
August 25, 2022 7:00 pm - August 27, 2022 9:00 pm
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