The idea of creating the ‘Chipping Campden Festival Academy’ orchestra in 2008 was to give talented young musicians from the UK’s conservatoires, or recent graduates, an opportunity to work alongside the finest professional musicians. The project has grown each year and is now recognised as one of the leading ‘side by side’ training orchestra in the UK. To ensure the highest standards of quality the Academy orchestra comprises 50% experienced orchestral musicians and 50% of ‘Academy’ trainees. Each string, woodwind, and brass ‘desk’ seats one professional and one ‘Academy’ trainee together. In three concerts during the festival the CCFAO perform with soloists of international standing and although these concerts normally sell out, the cost of presenting them greatly exceeds the box office take. Typically, we lose about £20,000 on these three concerts so, even with the generous support of the Orchestra’s main sponsor, Cutts of Campden, we still have to provide a substantial subsidy. Whilst the festival has always been happy to take on this commitment, the more financially viable we can make the orchestra in the future, the more funds we will have to expand our educational work into other areas.
In 2014 we launched the ‘sponsor a chair’ scheme to help raise funds for this project. Generous donors have already committed to sponsoring our conductor and leader for 2018 and beyond but we are still looking for people prepared to sponsor either a professional player (£1,000) or an Academy member (£500). Or you can become a ‘Friend of the Academy Orchestra’ for a minimum donation of £100.
Chair sponsors get a 3 week priority booking period and for the three orchestral concerts on the 22nd, 24th, & 26th can purchase up to a maximum of 8 tickets ‘Friends’ get a one week priority period and for the concerts on 22nd 24th & 26th can purchase up to a maximum of 4 tickets Everyone will be acknowledged in the programme unless they wish to remain anonymous. You will also be invited to a special reception after the Thursday orchestral concert.
Apart from the opportunity to perform great music with international soloists, one of the highlights of the week for the orchestra members is the wonderful generosity they receive from their hosts in Chipping Campden. If you live in the town or nearby and would be willing to offer accommodation to one or more orchestra members please contact Ailsa Scott:
or call 01386 848855

This is our top level of Festival supporter.
Business logos or individual’s names will appear in the souvenir programme book (unless you wish to remain anonymous) and there will be a ‘Patrons and Friends’ champagne reception on the afternoon of Sunday May 13th. You will be given a 3 week priority booking period before the box office opens to the general public.

Patron for 2018 – a minimum donation of £500. For the concerts on the 17th, 22nd, 24th, 26th there is a maximum purchase limit of 8 tickets.

We have two levels of ‘Friends’ membership.
Gold Friends get a two-week priority booking period and Silver Friends a one week priority period. All names will appear in the souvenir programme book (unless you wish to remain anonymous) and you will be invited to the ‘Patrons and Friends’ Champagne reception on the afternoon of Sunday May 13th.

 Gold Friend for 2018 – a minimum donation of £300. For the concerts on the 17th, 22nd, 24th, 26th there is a maximum purchase limit of 6 tickets.

 Silver Friend for 2018 -a minimum donation of £100. For the concerts on the 17th 22nd 24th 26th there is a maximum purchase limit of 4 tickets.


Sponsor of the Festival Academy Orchestra: Cutts of Campden  

Sponsors of the Youth Academy Orchestra: The April Trust, CHK Charities, The Aspinwall Educational Trust, The Saintbury Trust


Sponsors of artists’ accommodation & the Patrons & Friends reception: Cotswold House Hotel & Spa , Chipping Campden

Sponsors of the Orchestra Friends’ party: Toke’s Food & Drink