Chipping Campden Music Festival

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The 2020 Festival will run from Saturday May 9th -Saturday 23rd  and the programme has just been announced. Artists include Paul Lewis, Steven Isserlis, The Jerusalem Quartet, Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton, Mary Bevan, Elizabeth Kenny, & Joseph Crouch, Mahan Esfahani, Julian Bliss Wind Soloists, La Serenissima, The Endellion Quartet, Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw, Richard Goode, Vox Luminis, The Festival Academy Orchestra, Conductor Thomas Hull, Leader Ruth Rogers. The brochure and booking form will  be available in early October and bookings will open in January 2020. 

Please click here to download a preview of the programme.

“The Chipping Campden Music Festival brings world-class artists – and also young musicians starting their professional journeys – to a wonderful venue. After a long lifetime as a performer, having the chance to be part of the audience and to hear concerts of outstanding quality in such a setting is the purest joy.” Bernard Haitink

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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 we ran very successful course in August 2016, 2017, & 2018. Our priority for 2019 is to set up a Youth Orchestra which will be solely for local secondary aged students. For more details of our plans please email or