Applications are open to ensembles of 2–8 people and can be any combination of instruments or voices. Within reason the ensemble members in the video submitted below must be the same musicians who would perform at the Festival in 2020.

Take Note

Take Note is the Chiltern Arts Young Artist Platform, discovering and championing outstanding young ensembles. Each year we invite applications to decide who we will work with and promote in the coming season. Successful applicants will be offered a paid performance at the Festival.

Applications are now closed for the 2020 season; many thanks to all those who applied! Winners will be announced soon.

Chiltern Arts Festival 2020:
28th February – 7th March 2020

‘Let your deafness no longer be a secret, even in art’ 

These words, spoken by Beethoven in 1806 embody the theme of the 2020 programme: ‘Passion Prevails’. Our programme explores the many ways in which artists, performers and composers have overcome adversity to create great and beautiful art. 

This year we are asking that ensembles apply with a programme in mind that fits this theme. You may interpret the theme any way you wish; please let us know your proposed programme (45 minutes to an hour of music) and how and why it fits our theme in the relevant box below. 

To apply, please fill in the below application form including uploading a live video of your ensemble. Please note that the video does not have to include repertoire from your proposed programme.

Previous Winners

echo came together in early 2017 as former members of Genesis Sixteen, a prestigious young artists programme run by one of the world’s greatest musical ensembles, The Sixteen, under Harry Christophers CBE.

Described as “Transformative, a breath of fresh air to the British choral scene”, echo aim to produce accessible, innovative performances of the highest quality, whilst challenging some of the preconceptions associated with choral music. Alongside the acoustic implications, the name stems from the idea of art being a reflection of society and politics.

Recent concerts include a performance at the National Gallery as part of the The Sixteen’s ‘Sound Sublime’ festival, and a collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Lindberg at St. John Smith’s Square.

echo performed at the very first Chiltern Arts Festival on 4th February 2018 in Henley-on-Thames.

A4 Brass Quartet is based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (studying as an ensemble for the International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music) and is comprised of principal players from some of the UK’s leading brass bands, including the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery and Foden’s bands.

The quartet perform concerts and masterclasses all over the UK and abroad, and 2015 saw the first mainland European excursion for A4 Brass as they performed in the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania. In February 2017, they toured the Channel Islands, performing in Jersey, Alderney and Guernsey and in the same month were selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform. A4 also were finalists in the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music competition, receiving the Elias Fawcett Award for an Outstanding Ensemble.

A4 Brass Quartet performed at the Chiltern Arts Festival on 7th February 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Penn Street.

Flauti d’echo was founded in 2016 by recorder players Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes who met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Performing music from the 15th century to commissioning new pieces, the ensemble aims to extend a historical recorder player’s tradition of arranging and transcribing music appropriate to their instrument. The group specialise in creating bespoke programmes that combine their own arrangements with music originally written for their instrumentation.

Flauti d’echo were joined at Chiltern Arts by keyboard player Benedict Williams for a stunning programme exploring the variety of colours that emerge when one musical line traces in the exact footsteps of another. With playful mirroring, haunting reflections and virtuosic imitations, these threeoutstanding young musicians took us on a contemplative journey, featuring themusic of Handel, J.S. Bach, Purcell and Telemann.

This excellent trio performed at the second Chiltern Arts Festival on Thursday 14th February 2019 at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hughenden.