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The Category Instrumental Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Instrumental 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 Instrumental 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):

- Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival


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VISITS (to the Website)11
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)37

Held Late July: 'Has rapidly established itself as one of the largest and most exciting events in the cellists’ calendar. Conceived in 2005 by Aboyne resident and cellist Myrtle Watt, the festival attracts students from all over the UK, as well as from Canada, Germany and South Africa. Our three inspiring tutors are also all top level performers, and the public face of the Festival – a series of 6 concerts in 8 days, is built round them ... The concerts take place in Aboyne, Tarland, Finzean and at Woodend Barn in Banchory.'


* Aboyne Cello Festival
VISITS (to the Website)287
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405

‘A jam packed programme of the some of the world’s most talented guitarists! ... This annual event remains fresh and vibrant with sell out performances every year.’ Held Early April.


* Ards International Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)51

Bringing ‘some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’. Held Late October.

* Birmingham International Piano Festival
VISITS (to the Website)202
Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Over the weekend of the 7th to 9th July [2017], the inaugural BrassFestUK event was held. Over 130 brass bands across Great Britain performed to members of the public to show the country just how wonderful the sound of a brass band is. BrassFestUK was a project that set out to encourage as many brass bands as possible to head out to the local bandstand, park, market square, pub garden, or anywhere really, to go and perform to the public. Each band performed the commissioned piece for the event, “The Spirit of Brass”, which was composed by Gavin Somerset. More than 3,000 bandsmen and women played to an estimated audience in excess of 10,000 people over the 3 days.’ [Brass Band World] Held Early July [2018].

* BrassFestUK
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136

‘The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants ... All participants get FREE access to each of our six outstanding professional concerts included in their festival pass.‘ Held Late July.


* Cardiff Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)24

’The best organ music, a world-class, international programme, a historic setting ... not to be missed.’ Held Late April. ALERT Website not accessible at Review.

* Cirencester International Organ Festival
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)312

‘CM took place in Houston, Texas for 14 years and is now moving to England! [2019] ... ”Classical Minds” Guitar Festival seeks to promote fine arts, music education as well as fostering artistic growth and creativity through the classical guitar while creating a sense of community for professionals and aficionados alike.‘ Held Late October.

* Classical Minds Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)22
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)42
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Cotswold Edge Brass Festival was started in 2016 by four brass musicians from Gloucestershire. We lament the decline of brass music in schools and among young people and have set out to do something practical about it. We have a vision of brass playing flourishing in our area and that our young people develop a lifelong love of music through playing a brass instrument. The Cotswold Edge Brass Festival is about developing an environment that nurtures brass playing for the benefit of the local community.‘ The Brass Festival Weekend held Late June.


* Cotswold Edge Brass Festival
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169

'Annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Easter we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.' The Festival is organized by The Clarsach Society.

* Edinburgh International Harp Festival
VISITS (to the Website)271
Also indexedClarsach Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)430
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Celebrates the glorious sound of wind, brass and percussion. Building on the successful format of the St Andrews Brass Festival Fringe of Gold mixes international performers with University students and staff, as well as musicians from across Fife.' Held Mid November.


* Fringe of Gold Festival
VISITS (to the Website)179
Also indexedSt Andrews Brass Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)284
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2013: ‘Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert’. Held Mid April.

* Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)177

‘The most significant event in the IAO calendar is the Music Festival, which offers a wonderful opportunity for members and guests to gather and enjoy a varied programme of concerts, lectures, masterclasses, and visits to local points of interest. The festival aims to feature the organ, and place it within its wider classical musical context. Recent festivals were held in Bath and Oxford and received plaudits for their musical and historical qualities, as well as their warm and friendly atmosphere.’ The Association has also co-sponsored OrganFest together with the British Institute of Organ Studies and Royal College of Organists.

* IAO Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)127
Also indexedOrganFest
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)245
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Held Late October‘London’s most prestigious guitar festival with a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist Platform, new music commissions, workshops and foyer events at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court Concert Hall, Kings Place and St James’ Church Piccadilly.’

* London Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)204
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A festival experience, in celebration of the saxophone through concerts, film, workshops and more. Bringing together lovers of the saxophone, worldwide musicians, music fans and students alike. This pioneering festival is for Londoners and visitors to celebrate, appreciate and learn more about the saxophone.’ Held Late May - Early June.

* London Saxophone Festival
VISITS (to the Website)14
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)29

'Our Bands, who are not competing with each other at Pershore Midsummer Brass, choose their own programme. There are those who meet to make excellent music to entertain as well as those who have enjoyed success in the highest competitions in the country.' Held Early July.

* Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)359

'One of the leading events in the musical calendar, taking in concerts, masterclasses and lectures.' Held Mid November.'

* RCM International Festival of Viols
VISITS (to the Website)118
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)266

'Established in 1987 and since 1991 has been an annual event. The festival is keenly anticipated by piano music lovers, not only throughout the North West of England, but much further afield, many of whom return year after year ... Our list of performers over the years reads like a “who’s who” of classical pianists, including Moura Lympany ...' Held in July.

* Ribble Valley International Piano Week
VISITS (to the Website)125
Also indexedBlackburn International Music Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

‘The cast list for the RNCM Brass Band Festival reads like a “who’s who” of the best that the brass band world has to offer ... World class soloists ... Leading brass bands ... as well as a focus on youth bands and young performers and creators, including ... RNCM’s own outstanding brass bands and ensembles.’ Held Late January.

* RNCM Brass Band Festival
VISITS (to the Website)20
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)41

'Arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists. For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.' Held biennially Mid July [2019] - but supplemented by a Saturday Organ Concert Series in between.

* St Albans International Organ Festival
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)231
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Live Music Internationally renowned ukulele players will entertain and delight you all weekend ... Workshops Learn the basics of playing the ukulele or advance your technique with the professionals ... Jam Sessions Play your ukulele, sing and enjoy each others company at this stunning venue.’ Held Late May.

* Ukulele Festival of Scotland
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)34

'So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands ...' Held Early October.

* Ullapool Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)217
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)254
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Fourth Wales International Harp Festival will be held on 1-7 April 2018 at Galeri, Caernarfon to celebrate the 90th birthday of the legendary harpist, Dr. Osian Ellis CBE, and the enormous contribution that he made to music-making over a period of 70 years. There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more ... Harpists from all over the world will come to Caernarfon to join in the celebrations, and make friends through music.’

* Wales International Harp Festival
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168

West Dean College once again offers the celebrated International Guitar Festival in the idyllic and relaxing surroundings which make this the perfect setting for concerts, lessons, masterclasses and ensemble coaching ... We have an exciting series of evening recitals by international concert artists, specialising in both solo and duo repertoire ... Concerts are included for those taking part in the festival and can also be booked separately by the public.’ Held Late August.


* West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)8
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)27
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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