Chipping Campden Music Festival
For this year only the Festival has been moved to September
Over the last two months the Trustees and I have been wrestling with the dilemma of how we can best present this year’s festival. Although the signs are that things are beginning to look more hopefully, it is by no means certain we would be able to operate as usual, with the church full to capacity.
Even if regulations would allow us to proceed in that way, the complete unknown was – how happy would people be sitting very close together in a crowded space? And of course you are even closer to each other in pews than you are in chairs. Also, because of the nature of the building, exiting and re-entering during intervals cannot be done without large bottle necks forming.
In the end we felt the most satisfactory and only sure way to proceed was to have a socially distanced seating plan, ask most of the artists to shorten their programmes slightly and perform them twice on the same day, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. That way we can give about 300 people per day the chance to attend a ‘live’ concert, seated in a way that the majority, hopefully, will feel very comfortable with, and the slightly shorter concerts remove the need for an interval and all the problems that gives us. NB – The CCFAO programmes have not been shortened and will run for about 75-80 mins. A few of the other programmes will also be played in full, but there will not be an interval in any of the concerts.
Although limiting sales to a maximum of 150 per concert will have a fairly large financial impact, we have decided that, where the programmes have been shortened, we will reduce the cost of tickets for those concerts. We want to extend this gesture of goodwill to everyone as a way of thanking you all for the amazing support you gave us and the musicians over the cancellation of the 2020 festival.
The Brochure & booking form will be available mid-June and Patrons & Friends priority booking periods will open early July. General bookings will open late July.
Meanwhile – If you would like information of how to subscribe to the priority booking schemes please email me and I will send you full details
You can view the full programme here
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Charlie Bennett – Artistic Director
About the Festival
The first Chipping Campden Music Festival was held in 2002, since when it has grown to be widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals, with visitors coming from the Americas, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand, as well as from all over the UK, and mainland Europe. The glorious venue of St James’ church has become a favourite with many of the world’s greatest musicians who all look forward to returning to this most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns.
The Local Area
As well as our prestigious Music Festival & sister organisation the Chipping Campden Literature Festival, the area offers a wealth of other cultural treasures; the RSC is just down the road, and 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, lovely B&Bs, traditional Cotswold pubs, and a large selection of self-catering cottages.