With its roots in Gustav Holst’s first festival in Thaxted Church in 1916, the modern Festival has offered a wide range of musical excellence since 1986.
This year’s musicians will provide brilliance, passion and tenderness to match those earlier events, and you can select from an equal variety of styles and idioms.
If Thaxted Festival is new to you we hope you will find items to tempt you this year. If you have already received advance information, this brochure will give you full details of the season and essential booking information.
Thank you to those who participated in our 2016 audience research. The results show great enthusiasm about the quality and variety of concerts that the Festival offers. You enjoy its friendliness and share our view that Thaxted Church is an exceptional concert venue; magically beautiful on a summer’s evening, and having a brilliant acoustic - as good, if not better, than that of more conventional concert halls.
Our biggest audiences this year are likely to be for:
Book early for these concerts in particular; you may wish to consider joining Thaxted Music Lovers (who have priority booking privileges), if you don’t already belong.
2017 will be my last year (of 20) as Artistic Director. It has been a privilege to contribute to the Festival in this way. Trevor Hounslow, who has a professional background in music and education, joined our team of volunteers in 2016 and has agreed to pick up my baton, which I am certain he will do with great distinction. I would like to thank my colleagues, and all who have been our audience, for your support and friendship over all these years.
Gareth Stainer Artistic Director