The Chipping Norton Music Festival is held during March each
year in the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton.
Situated near the borders of Warwickshire and
Gloucestershire, the Festival has been promoting music-making
in the north-east Cotswolds since 1904. One of the oldest festivals of its kind,
the Festival celebrated its centenary in 2004 and the hundredth Festival in 2012.
Click here to see a message from our President, Anthony Williams. Events for 2014 as follows:
The Festival is non-competitive and adjudicated by professionals; there are classes in music and drama for all ages, individuals and groups ranging from piano, voice, and composition through to verse-speaking. While the early years concentrated on choral singing, the Festival has evolved to include other solo and instrumental classes. Additions in the last 10 years or so include Speech & Drama (2000), folk (2003), the Hummer Prize for creative writing (2008) in memory of George Hummer, and the Youth Jazz Band Challenge (in association with the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton) in 2009.
The participatory classes are accompanied by a series of professional concerts, and the culmination of the Festival is a concert presenting the highlights where various trophies are awarded for outstanding performances from musicians and performers of all ages.
There is a children's workshop giving children from local primary schools the opportunity to perform.
For your diary, dates of the 103rd Festival - Friday, 6th to Saturday, 21st March 2015