Messages for 2020 Festival

Paul Lewisxxxxxxx

The programme for the 19th festival has all the hallmarks we have come to expect, with a line up of world class musicians presenting a series of varied programmes that have something for all tastes. The concerts are in the magnificent setting and superb acoustic of St James’ Church, and we artists know we will play to some of the most attentive audiences one could hope to encounter.

The Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra, now in its 13th year, will be in residence for week 2 and will give us three exciting concerts under the baton of Thomas Hull. This side by side training orchestra epitomises the values that have always been promoted by the festival. If you are a regular, you know how special this festival is; if you are a newcomer, you will go away having fallen in love with the festival and the town. We all look forward to welcoming you here next May.

Paul Lewis, Festival President

Julian Lloyd Webber

Once again I am delighted to support the wonderful educational work being done by Chipping Campden Music Festival. In the autumn of 2019 and spring of 2020 it begins a new initiative with professional members of the Festival Orchestra visiting local secondary schools to coach chamber music sessions with students. Then in August the Festival Youth Academy Orchestra Summer school will reform for a 6 day course which will comprise a 50/50 split of secondary aged musicians sitting alongside postgraduate mentors.

Additionally – and personally! – I am so pleased that the festival’s relationship with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire continues to evolve with both organizations combining in a unique project to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.


Julian Lloyd Webber, Patron of Education