|Starts:||11 May 2019|
|Ends:||25 May 2019|
|Location:||Chipping Campden School Hall and St James Church, Chipping Campden.|
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org