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The Category Chamber Music and Song Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Chamber Music and Song Festivals which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Festival's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Chamber Music and Song Festivals do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Beddgelert Music Festival

- London English Song Festival

 

! Chamber Music and Song Festivals KEY
VISITS (to Website)36
VIEWS (of this Record)81

Alwinton Summer Concerts take place in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major cultural events in the North-East of England and the church, with its fine acoustic, is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.’ Held May - July.

* Alwinton Summer Concerts
VISITS (to Website)283
VIEWS (of this Record)609

‘Held in Late September of each year, the Beverley Chamber Music Festival – now run by New Paths – brings world-class music to the delightful market town of Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Concerts take place in St Mary’s Church, an exceptionally beautiful medieval church at the heart of Beverley’s handsome “Georgian quarter”.’

 

* Beverley Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)257
Also indexedNew Paths Music
VIEWS (of this Record)306

'An annual celebration of music performed in the Parish Church of St Nicholas’, a historic 12th century church set in the beautiful landscape of High Bradfield, Sheffield within the Peak District National Park.' Held Late June.

* Bradfield Festival of Music
VISITS (to Website)379
VIEWS (of this Record)460
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Launched in July 2005, Bramley’s event aims to dazzle, surprise and delight its audience ... It’s biennial – every other year – and in the summer, when the evenings are long and light and everyone can enjoy each other’s company, and that of the musicians, after each concert ... (Beware! There are perhaps half a dozen Bramleys in the UK, the largest and best known being situated in Surrey. Go there, and you’ll be disappointed – and about 30 miles from your true destination. The festival is held in Bramley, Hampshire, which is about 12 miles south of Reading and five miles north of Basingstoke and not at all difficult to find – unless you’re heading into Surrey.) Held Mid June [2021].

 

* Bramley & Little London Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)46
VIEWS (of this Record)122

‘Created in 2014 by a small group of enthusiastic Northamptonshire musicians who wanted to bring together a variety of musical talent to perform a series of concerts in the heart of the historic village of Brixworth. Most of the concerts are held in Brixworth's Saxon Church; its ancient walls and cavernous ceiling providing a wonderful acoustic and the perfect surroundings for the timeless pieces being performed.’ Held Mid May.

* Brixworth Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of this Record)129
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A brand new [2019] festival devoted to the creation and celebration of song ... Its aim is to bring a dedicated city-wide festival of song to the heart of Cambridge, giving life to new opportunities and audiences for the performance and enjoyment of song. Drawing together internationally-renowned artists and exceptional young musicians, the Festival features evening concerts and an afternoon class, held in some of the city's most beautiful venues.’ Held Mid February.

 

* Cambridge Song Festival
VISITS (to Website)56
VIEWS (of this Record)122

‘Every July the beautiful hebridean island of Islay is home to Cantilena's professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who together bring their unique sound of chamber music to residents and visitors, with many of the concerts being held in the famous Islay Malt Whisky distilleries.’

* Cantilena Festival
VISITS (to Website)253
Also indexedRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
VIEWS (of this Record)312
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annual Festival organized by and featuring the Carducci Quartet alongside other internationally renowned artists: ‘A wonderful celebration of chamber music in the beautiful setting of Highnam, near Gloucester.’ Held Mid May.

* Carducci Festival at Highnam

'Annual Festival promoting Music in the Community concerts, education workshops and chamber music recitals of the highest quality in Worcester and the surrounding areas. It aims to create a vibrant, accessible and enjoyable environment, where people of all ages can interact with classical chamber music concerts and events. The Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival delivers opportunities where musicians and composers can collaborate with members of the community to produce a music festival for the whole family.' Held Early October.

 

* Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival
VISITS (to Website)191
Also indexedAstaria String Quartet
VIEWS (of this Record)404

‘World class chamber music in the heart of glorious Tynedale.’ Held Late July.

 

* Corbridge Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)46
VIEWS (of this Record)80
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Established 2010 in the Vale of Glamorgan: ‘We have always felt that Cowbridge would be the perfect location to host a music festival. It is an area of fantastic natural beauty with a fascinating story to tell ... As well as the main evening concerts, we look forward to our annual Chamber Music Seminar, the celebrated Family Concert, several concerts in local care homes and five full days of workshops and concerts in schools’. Held Mid September.

* Cowbridge Music Festival

‘Join the renowned Dante Quartet for a feast of chamber music, in venues ranging from the Tamar Valley to historic villages on the western side of Bodmin Moor. We present exciting and accessible concerts alongside workshops and open rehearsals, scenic walks and delicious shared meals – something to inspire and entertain everyone.’ Held Mid July.

* Dante Summer Festival
VISITS (to Website)104
VIEWS (of this Record)180
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Set up to bring high-quality live classical chamber music and associated arts events to the beautiful Exmoor market town of Dunster. To achieve this we have two main threads; the first is our annual festival in Dunster over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, and the second is our ongoing programme of education and outreach work, taking musicians into the local community to reach those who may not otherwise be able to access the festival itself, including concerts in care homes and hospices, and reaching out to a larger and more diverse audience through family concerts and interactive performances for children in schools. We are working with local businesses and organisations, as well as musicians of international renown, to make this a community event with the highest possible level of artistry.’

 

* Dunster Festival
VISITS (to Website)70
VIEWS (of this Record)109
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'With the East Devon Music Festival, we aim to take classical music to many venues in East Devon every other year, with additionally a single concert in the intervening years ... Our aim is to bring classical music of the highest quality to East Devon through young, experienced and professional musicians from mostly outside the county.' Held Mid June [2020]

 

* East Devon Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)7
VIEWS (of this Record)23
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

BEWARE! 'The East Neuk is a rural area, and it is common to find yourself behind a tractor or heavy vehicle. This has the great side-effect of making travel a leisurely experience, allowing you all the more opportunity to enjoy the landscape. But please remember to allow plenty of time to reach your concert venue. Latecomers are not guaranteed admission to any event, in whole or in part. If admitted, it may not be possible to take the seat you booked – standing may be the only option.' Held Late June.

* East Neuk Festival
VISITS (to Website)349
VIEWS (of this Record)404
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Enjoy listening to beautiful music in intimate surroundings ... performed by exuberant musicians in charming local venues.' Held Late May.

 

* Frinton Festival
VISITS (to Website)224
VIEWS (of this Record)424
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In 1973 the late Roderick and Joy Cameron, who created Great Comp’s beautiful 7-acre garden, began holding concerts in the comfortable converted stable beside the 17th century manor house. From this grew the annual Festival – “a mini-Glyndebourne of chamber music” – which quickly earned a reputation for the high quality of its concerts, performed by artists of international repute. The Festival is now run by a registered charity, the Great Comp Music Trust.’ Held primarily during the months of July and September.

 

* Great Comp Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of this Record)193

‘Hertfordshire boasts a vibrant classical music culture, with thriving choirs and non-professional orchestras in almost every town, a renowned music education service, and excellent concerts in venues across the county throughout the year. HFoM celebrates this by bringing new visitors and friends to this beautiful part of England - especially the county town of Hertford - with performances by world-class musicians whom audiences might usually need to travel to London or other cities to hear.’ Held Mid June.

* Hertfordshire Festival of Music
VISITS (to Website)283
VIEWS (of this Record)413
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In the intimate setting of Highgate's beautiful churches, a stone's throw from Hampstead Heath, HICMF presents varied programmes with masterworks of the repertoire set alongside lesser-known gems, delivered with fresh, energised performances by world-class musicians performing alongside one another in combinations not heard anywhere else. Join us to experience this unique festive atmosphere, complete with mince pies and mulled wine!’ Held Late November.

 

* Highgate International Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)34
VIEWS (of this Record)87

‘The Festival aims to promote chamber music of the highest quality in the local area, featuring both established international artists and talented young musicians.’ Held June-July.

* Jordans Music Club
VISITS (to Website)145
VIEWS (of this Record)272
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Festival aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song ...' Held Late April.

* Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Founded in 1989: 'LIMF continues to attract international recognition for the high quality of its musical performances, attracting world-class artists to its unrivalled programme of lunchtime concerts and assembling a superb team of artists for our Festival in September.'

 

* Leicester International Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)375
VIEWS (of this Record)407
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Began its life in the summer of 2012 when 8 musicians were invited by the Festival's founder and violinist, Beatrice Philips to come down to Lewes and perform six concerts of the finest chamber music to local audiences over one weekend. The concerts proved so popular that audiences insisted it happen again the following year.' Held Mid June.

 

* Lewes Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)405
VIEWS (of this Record)494

‘Annual Festival founded in 2004 featuring traditional chamber music concerts at several venues within Lincolnshire, enhanced each year with a range of performers and performances from other genres. Main Programme held Mid August. There is also now a monthly Lunchtime Concerts Series which runs September through July.

* Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)174
VIEWS (of this Record)443
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival, or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county.’ Festival held Late July.

 

* Llanfyllin Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)187
Also indexedAllegri String Quartet
VIEWS (of this Record)443

‘Founded in 1997 by local composer and singer, Patrick Stephen-Samuels. From its outset, the Festival has sought to bring internationally-renowned musicians to the Loch Shiel area, and to engage with the local community of music lovers. Year on year, the festival grows in scope and vision and is now established as one of the UK's most unique and exciting chamber music festivals.’ Held Mid April.

* Loch Shiel Festival
VISITS (to Website)185
VIEWS (of this Record)348

‘Celebrate this wonderful art-form through six concerts and two masterclasses ... We are fortunate to be working with some of the most talented singers and performers currently based in the UK.' Held October - December.

 

* London Song Festival
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)344

‘In the autumn of 1967, the first steps were taken to hold a midsummer festival in the medieval church of St Michael and All Angels in Lower Machen, Newport, Wales. Then, as now, Lower Machen was a rural idyll with an incomparably beautiful small church blessed with a perfect acoustic. Lower Machen has given the festival its heart and character. Small-scale chamber concerts of the highest quality have been the cornerstone of the Lower Machen Festival ... We’ve also combined the best of emerging talent with national and internationally renowned musicians. International artists have worked with young ensembles and musicians in concerts, masterclasses and educational projects to create new music.’ Festival held Mid JuneALERT ‘There will be no festival in 2019. We hope to return in 2020, so do keep in touch.’

 

* Lower Machen Festival
VISITS (to Website)130
VIEWS (of this Record)237

'Has taken place since 2001. Inspired by the musical world of Gerald Finzi, it is a unique celebration of poetry, music, culture, and ideas. Drawing on the work of a wide range of poets and composers working in the English language, the Weekend explores the sensibility evoked through their art. It offers opportunities to reflect on a distinctive musical tradition, to speculate on what it has taught us, and what it might also teach us as we look to the future.' Held Early April.

 

* Ludlow English Song Weekend
VISITS (to Website)393
VIEWS (of this Record)273
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Provides young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skills in a place of outstanding natural beauty ... There is an astonishing range of concerts and recitals to choose from, and audiences are welcome to sit in on rehearsals at the Aros Hall, Tobermory. Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Brahms or Beethoven, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.’ Held Early September.

 

* Mendelssohn on Mull Festival
VISITS (to Website)210
VIEWS (of this Record)423
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Chamber Music in the Chilterns  ‘An annual chamber music festival that takes place over three days in June. It was founded in 2009 by Paul Lewis and his wife, Bjørg Lewis. Their wish was to start a festival near to where they have lived for many years. They wanted to create an event that would be a significant addition to the local music-making scene, but also through the international calibre of its artists, attract a national and international audience.’

* Midsummer Music [Chilterns]
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of this Record)239
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'For over a decade Music at Tresanton has been gaining praise for its innovative programming and concerts. The festival takes place annually in November, and offers a unique chance to hear a carefully devised programme of four concerts, played by the finest classical musicians, in the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the beautifully restored St Mawes Methodist Chapel ... The concerts are organised in collaboration with Hotel Tresanton, and all inclusive packages are available from the hotel. But individual concert tickets are also available, as well as subscriptions to all four, and more information about alternative accommodation ...'

 

* Music at Tresanton
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)382

‘A very special and important chamber music study & performance week for talented Young Musicians at the start of their professional careers ... The Young Musicians attend by invitation of the Trust which bears the cost in full. Attendance is for established chamber groups only ... The schedule allows for extensive rehearsal as well as much needed performing opportunities for all in the four public concerts during the week ... During the week there are a number of workshops with local schoolchildren, who benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of the young musicians attending the course ... We are also very happy for a limited number of audience members to listen to some of the “Master Classes” during the week.‘ Held Early July.

* Music Coll
VISITS (to Website)255
VIEWS (of this Record)235
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Event which celebrates chamber music throughout Scotland! We’ll be filling the streets with the sound of chamber music by putting on free, impromptu concerts for members of the public across the country.’ Held Mid September. ALERT The Promoters of this Day - Enterprise Music Scotland - have now become Chamber Music Scotland.

 

 

* National Chamber Music Day
VISITS (to Website)74
VIEWS (of this Record)129

Held each year Mid August, primarily in St Mary’s Church, South Creake ... ‘Become a Friend of the North Norfolk Music Festival: “Basic Membership” entitles you to: * Priority booking for concerts with strictly limited seating (Holkham, Raynham); * Invitations to all Friends events throughout the year, such as talks, concerts, the annual Christmas and Festival parties; * Meeting other Friends who are interested in music; * Helping to ensure the future of a Festival that brings high level music–making to north Norfolk.’

 

* North Norfolk Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)434
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Set upon the majestic North York Moors National Park and along its magnificent Jurassic coastline, our festival contains many unique qualities which capacity audiences and loyal followers are testament to. International musicians who express their talents in an atmosphere of friendship and celebration, perform in ten of the extraordinary historical churches this region has to offer, nestled within hamlets, dales, remote moorland and coastal villages. Each venue contains its own ambience of mystery which the audiences- and the music- bring to life. This chemistry creates a community ...’ Held Mid August.

 

* North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of this Record)255
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2000: ‘It has evolved and grown in to something that our loyal audiences love and cherish and where there is a real sense of musical home coming.  Each festival and celebration of chamber music has its own unique dynamic and I think Ocmf’s emanates just as much from the musicians as the atmosphere of Oxford’s extraordinary surroundings and rich historic context’. Held Early October.

 

* Oxford Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)329
VIEWS (of this Record)171

‘The focal point of Oxford Lieder’s year, presenting more than 35 concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song. It is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK, attracting many of the world’s greatest artists. Oxford Lieder has a mission to re-establish an appreciation of song; the meeting of words, music, languages and artistry that can be so powerful, yet which has been neglected in recent decades ... Oxford Lieder operates year round, promoting other performances and education events in addition to the Festival.‘ The Main Festival has been held Mid October, with now a Spring Song Festival. (Recitals normally held in Oxford at Wolfson College but also at Fairlight Hall Hastings, East Sussex, and increasingly elsewhere in Oxford and beyond)

 

* Oxford Lieder Festival
VISITS (to Website)203
Also indexedFairlight Hall, Hastings
VIEWS (of this Record)229
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Aims to bring world-class musicians to this small corner of rural East Sussex allowing audiences to enjoy international chamber music on their doorstep. With nine concerts over four days, it is a significant event in the regional cultural calendar.’ Held Late June.

 

* Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)39
VIEWS (of this Record)104
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An exciting new artistic development curated by Natalie Clein and her fellow musician friends. The Festival takes place every year at the end of summer in the beautiful surroundings of Purbeck in Dorset in historic locations, churches, unusual sites and schools.' Held Early September.

 

* Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)363
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

A relatively new Annual Festival held Late April: ‘A 4-day celebration of chamber music in Hampshire ... We are registering as a charity and ran our first festival in April 2018 and are launching the 2019 festival with a concert on 12th October 2018’.

 

* Romsey Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of this Record)183
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annual Festival in Folkestone organized by and featuring the Sacconi String Quartet alongside other internationally renowned artists. Held Mid May.

* Sacconi Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)56
VIEWS (of this Record)129
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Takes place every year over the last two weekends of September in Sarratt Village Hall, Hertfordshire and since its inception in 2000, has gone from strength to strength, attracting the very best in high-profile, eclectic musical talent and highlighting Sarratt as a vibrant, thriving village community ... We believe in the value of top quality musical performances and maintain that great art lifts the spirits and binds us together as a community. To maintain our principles of accessibility and a warm welcome to all, ticket costs are kept at an affordable level and the Festival welcomes faces old and new alike.‘

 

* Sarratt Festival of Music
VISITS (to Website)127
VIEWS (of this Record)236

South Downs Summer Music is a well established and popular classical music festival - formerly the Alfriston Summer Music Festival. Every year some of the finest international artists visit to perform in the very special village of Alfriston in the heart of the South Downs.’ Held Late July and directed by the Benyounes Quartet.

 

* South Downs Summer Music International Festival
VISITS (to Website)33
Also indexedAlfriston Summer Festival | Benyounes Quartet
VIEWS (of this Record)159
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded in 2016 by Freya Goldmark; originally held in Uppingham. Held Mid May.

 

* Stamford International Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)214
Also indexedUppFest
VIEWS (of this Record)357
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Tetbury Music Festival was started by Elise Smith and Graham Kean in 2003. Steven Isserlis was the first Artistic Director. The Festival attracts internationally acclaimed performers, but also supports new musicians.' Held Late September. (In addition, the Festival can offer events at other times of the year.)

 

* Tetbury Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)456
VIEWS (of this Record)438

'A nationally renowned rural music festival where people from all walks of life experience and enjoy extraordinary music performed by world-class artists, in stunning locations. The Festival was borne out of the devastation caused by the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, which decimated the UK farming and tourism industries. John and Penny Adie, Devon locals, were inspired to help regenerate the local economy and bring light and encouragement to people’s lives by producing a week of stunning music-making on the "Two Moors" of Exmoor and Dartmoor.' Held Mid October.

 

 

* Two Moors Festival
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of this Record)261
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Brings internationally acclaimed musicians to the intimate setting of St Lawrence's Church. The Festival’s mission it to become one of the most interesting, exciting and appealing chamber music festivals in Europe, and one with its own unique setting and character.‘ Held Mid September.

 

* West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)28
VIEWS (of this Record)85

Annual Festival which has taken place since 2013 in a village near Oswestry, each year focussing on works of a single composer. Held Mid May.

 

* Whittington International Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)229
VIEWS (of this Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An annual four-day celebration of sublime chamber music and song with the acclaimed London Bridge Ensemble and brilliant international guests.' Held Late April - Early May.

 

* Winchester Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)197
VIEWS (of this Record)347
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Nestled in the heart of Hampshire’s idyllic countryside the Winchfield Festival continues to introduce world class musicians in a wonderful village setting ... Concerts are performed in either the ancient beauty of Winchfield’s Grade 1 listed Norman Church of St Mary’s or in the Festival Marquee sited in the field next to it. Festival-goers have, in recent years, been entertained and enthralled by performances of chamber music, jazz, pop, klezmer, and opera ...  Thanks to the generosity of our Benefactors, the Festival offers a wide ranging Outreach Programme to local schools and voluntary groups.’ Held biennially Mid June [2020].

 

* Winchfield Festival
VISITS (to Website)24
VIEWS (of this Record)40
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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