The Chiltern Arts Festival: a new Classical Music and Arts Festival for the Chilterns

Naomi Taylor – Founder and Creative Director

The Chiltern Arts Festival has unveiled the programme for its brand new festival, bringing the finest in classical music and arts to the Chilterns region between the 3rd and 11th February 2018.

Naomi Taylor, Founder and Creative Director said “We are delighted to announce the full list of events for the 2018 Chiltern Arts Festival. Some of the finest names in the Classical music scene will be coming to this beautiful area which we hope will thrill and inspire people.”

This vibrant winter festival consists of 18 different events taking place in venues across the Chiltern Hills. Venue locations include Dorchester-on-Thames, Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Great Missenden, Berkhamsted, High Wycombe, Wendover and Tring.

The programme was created by Naomi Taylor with Chiltern Arts’ Artistic Partner, Grammy award-winning pianist, Christopher Glynn.

Opening with one of the world’s finest choirs – Tenebrae, described by The Times as “phenomenal” – performing a programme of much-loved Russian music including parts of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil. Other highlights include a new English translation of a sparkling early opera by Mozart, The Garden of Disguises (La Finta Giardiniera); Tasmin Little, leading international violinist, joins forces with Martin Roscoe, one of the country’s best-known pianists; two concerts featuring the Brodsky String Quartet including the “Wheel of 4Tunes” where the programme is decided live in front of the audience by the spin of a wheel; other well-known names include the Academy of Ancient Music who wowed Marlow just last month; and the City of London Sinfonia with BBC Musician of the Year Finalist, Ben Goldscheider, closing the festival with a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn.


Tenebrae - "Masters of the Russian Sound" (Classic FM)

Tenebrae – “Masters of the Russian Sound” (Classic FM)

Chiltern Arts also takes pride in presenting a series of young artists, with concerts featuring the winners of its new Young Artists’ competition, Take Note: choir Echo and the A4 Brass Quartet.

In addition, the Chiltern Arts Festival will be hosting a concert and dinner event in the Art Deco surrounds of the Gatsby in Berkhamsted; a presentation of the classic silent movie “Joan of Arc” accompanied by live music from the Orlando Consort; an installation themed on the topic of memory, commemorating 100 years since the end of the first World War; and a photographic exhibition held at Tring’s beautiful College Lake.

The Chiltern Arts Festival will bring some much-needed warmth and joy to the cold winter months. Full details can be found in our brochure or on our website: Chiltern Arts Festival.