Newbury Spring Festival features 50 concerts and education events including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson, Alice Coote, Moscos State Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Grosvenor, Anoushka Shankar, Clare Teal, NYJO, Christopher Maltman, Vienna Piano Trio, Pinchas Zukerman & Tenebrae.
Newbury Spring Festival is one of the most popular and successful music festivals in the South of England. Over the last 38 years the Festival has grown hugely in size and quality, building up a reputation of international status. With dynamic programming, Festival Director Mark Eynon attracts the very best from the classical, jazz and world music fields to perform in and around Newbury.
Presenting young artists and developing youthful audiences has always been a key part of the Festival and this year is no exception. Activities include Benjamin Grosvenor and others going into local schools to hold workshops for around 1,300 children, and giving the best emerging young musicians concert experience through the Young Artists lunchtime recital series, to which students are offered free tickets. The Festival’s own Sheepdrove Piano Competition also showcases the breadth and wealth of international young musical talent drawn from all the major UK conservatoires.
The Festival prides itself on its reputation for presenting concerts in some glorious venues both in Newbury and the surrounding countryside. Great care is taken to tailor the right performance to the venue, whether it be an intimate recital at magnificent Highclere Castle or in the Long Gallery at Englefield House, top-level choral concerts in Douai Abbey and East Woodhay church or a song recital in Ramsbury church. This year a new addition to the Festival will be a gala performance of Rigoletto at Combe Manor, set in the rolling Berkshire hills, and staged performances of Bach’s Coffee Cantata in St Nicolas Church Hall. In the centre of Newbury, St Nicolas church with its excellent acoustics is the Festival’s concert hall, welcoming world-class orchestras and international soloists. Newbury’s resident theatre, the Corn Exchange, continues to present a nightly programme of ballet, cabaret, jazz and world music as well as regular lunchtime concerts.
The Festival is equally proud of its involvement with the local community: by encouraging people to come and sing in the Spring Festival Chorus, which will not only perform with the CBSO on the opening night, but also contributes to a special church service the following morning. Local choirs, individuals and families can join them for a special ‘singalong’ event the following weekend, culminating in a concert for all the family in Newbury Corn Exchange.
Full programme and booking details on the website www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk .
Tickets available from 1st March 2016.