Chiltern Arts Festival 2021: Update
We have been working hard to find the best solution as to how to best continue bringing you the highest-quality music and arts at the Chiltern Arts Festival this year.
Although sadly the pandemic now leaves us with no option but to reschedule, I am pleased to let you know that we will be announcing in the next week or so how we plan to move the Festival to the early summer, when we hope to be bringing you the same programme in the same safe, socially-distanced setting.
Ticket-holders will be contacted first, and will be offered the option to either transfer their tickets to the rescheduled date or to take a full refund. If you hold tickets for Festival events and do not hear from us by the end of the month, please do reach out – but I ask that you bear with us as we continue to navigate this complex process!
Many thanks for your patience, stay safe, keep smiling and watch this space for updates. You can sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear more.
Welcome to the Chiltern Arts Festival 2021
Welcome to the Chiltern Arts Festival 2021 – a festival that, in these current uncertain times, may or may not happen exactly as planned… but we’re delighted and proud to be doing everything in our power to continue to bring you joy through sharing live music.
The theme of musical resonance, or musical connotations, was born some time before the pandemic – but seems more relevant now than ever in its poignance of reminding us how music can be a form of escapism in taking us to another time or another place, recalled or imagined. Many of us have turned to music over the past months, and this festival explores how music can tell a story, paint a picture or send a message – and moreover, how music is capable of meaning different things to different people.
Pianist Clare Hammond explores how music can help and heal us, with a programme inspired by her work in prisons, including music from Rachmaninov and Brahms. Returning for the second time to Chiltern Arts, previous Take Note ensemble Echo premiere a theatrical performance entitled Listening to Lassus, exploring how we all listen differently to the same style of music – in this instance, diving into gorgeous choral Renaissance music.
Internationally-acclaimed harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani plays Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations – written to soothe a sleepless Count. Our Concert and Dinner event returns, this year whisking you away to Argentina with the Nuevo Tango Quintet, Argentinian cuisine – and the option to add an Argentinian wine tasting to give the evening some extra sparkle. The Sacconi Quartet bring us a glorious programme of string quartets by Dvorak, Webern and Shostakovich – a collection of Diaries and Love Letters presenting snapshots of these wonderful composers’ lives.
On the final night of the Festival, the City of London Sinfonia explore the idea of musical identity: with a programme that features Mendelssohn, Britten and Wagner, we hear works written by two composers who were still in their teens and discovering their own musical identities, and one that absolutely paints a picture of a time, place and person.
We hope still to bring you something we will never again take for granted: the luxury of experiencing a week of live in-person concerts – the vibrations of the room, those real human moments, and the sheer joy of sharing the experience with others. We can't wait to to welcome both new friends and familiar faces to what we promise will be a safe, comfortable environment.
Covid-19 Precautions and Policies
The safety of our audience, staff and artists at Chiltern Arts events is our top priority – right next to your enjoyment of the event of course! We have summarised here the precautions we are taking and the policies we will have in place for our events in the Spring. We also have full risk assessments in place for each venue, all our staff, artists and volunteers are fully aware of our policies and are all required to follow the same safety procedures as our audiences.
We are fully aware of current government guidelines, and will update our policies should these guidelines change.
Click the titles below to read our Covid-19 Policies and our Promise to You with regard to cancellations.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
- Face coverings are mandatory whilst inside except when consuming refreshments whilst seated.
- Hand sanitising stations will be available at multiple points in the venue
- Volunteers and staff will be provided with masks and gloves
- One-way systems will be in place wherever possible
- The toilets will be operating on a one-in-one-out system, and sprayed regularly with antibacterial spray
- Contact time with stewards and staff will be kept to a minimum
- Tickets, drinks and programmes (where applicable) will only be available to purchase online prior to the event, to avoid handling of cash
- Events will not have intervals, in order to avoid potential opportunities for mingling
- No postal tickets will be available to avoid unnecessary handling of paperwork
- E-tickets (printed at home or on a phone screen) will be scanned upon arrival and not collected to avoid unnecessary handling of paperwork
- All surfaces will be cleaned with antibacterial spray immediately before and after the concert
- Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the concert start time to ease congestion upon arrival. Please be aware that entry time may take a little longer than usual
- Markers will be in place outside the church to aid with social distancing whilst queuing
- We will have an NHS QR Code specific to each concert available at multiple points throughout each venue, and ask that everyone checks in with this QR Code using the Track and Trace App
- If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, are waiting for test results or have been in contact with a confirmed case we respectfully ask that you do not attend
- Chiltern Arts reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone not following these guidelines