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The artists for the May 2019 festival have now been confirmed and the programmes are being finalised. Full details will be emailed to all on our database soon. The brochure and booking form will be available in mid October

If you are not on our database and would like to be you can either subscribe via the box at the bottom of the ‘Contact’ page or email charlie@campdenmusicfestival.co.uk to be added to list.

Meanwhile, we have two exciting concerts you may want to book for:

Firstly, on Friday August 17th this year’s Youth Academy summer school will close with a concert in St James’ church. For information and to book click on this green ‘Book tickets’ button.
Secondly, on Saturday October 20th festival president Paul Lewis plays the third in his four concert exploration of Haydn, Beethoven, & Brahms. For information and to book click on this green ‘Book tickets’ button.
The first Chipping Campden Music Festival was held in 2002, since when it has grown in stature and size year on year. It is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals with visitors coming from Europe, America and Australia, as well as from all over the UK. The venue has become a favourite with many of the world’s finest musicians who all look forward to returning to this most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns.

Chipping Campden

As well as our prestigious Music Festival the area offers a wealth of other cultural treasures; the RSC is just down the road,  the wonderful gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate are nearby. It really is the perfect setting for a long weekend or a fortnight’s holiday in the Cotswolds. Chipping Campden is also one of the most important homes of the Arts and Crafts movement. Fine accommodation at all prices is available, from luxury hotels, to lovely B&Bs and traditional Cotswold pubs.

Young Musicians
As well as two weeks of great music in the glorious setting of St James’ church, the festival also runs workshops in local schools led by experienced music educators and in 2008 the Festival Academy  Orchestra was formed. This project offers advanced students and recent graduates the opportunity to perform alongside experienced professional orchestral players and world class soloists, and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading training orchestras.

In 2013 the festival expanded its work to form a community choir (the Festival chorus). The chorus has around 70 regular members and meets every Wednesday evening during term time, and presents three concerts during the year.

In August 2015 we formed and ran the first ‘Festival Youth Academy Orchestra’ course. This involved the ‘Academy’ members from May returning to become mentors to secondary aged student musicians. It was so successful that it has become a regular part of the Festival’s education programme and in August 2016 & 2017 we were delighted that one of the world’s leading violinists, Nicola Benedetti, agreed to join the orchestra as soloist, and also presented a public masterclass. The course will run again in August 2018. Meanwhile, in January 2017 we formed the North Cotswold Youth Orchestra which is made up solely of local secondary aged students. To get details of both the Youth Academy and the NCYO please email jessmay@yahoo.com or charlie@campdenmusicfestival.co.uk