The Festival

Nia Coleman (soprano)
Nia Coleman (soprano)

Nia Coleman sings Mozart's "Et incarnatus est" from the Mass in C minor on 7th February 2020 at St James' Church, Gerrards Cross.

William Blake (tenor)
William Blake (tenor)

William Blake sings Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Amersham Festival Orchestra conducted by Iain Ledingham. St Mary's Church, Amersham 18th October 2019.

Nia Coleman (soprano)
Nia Coleman (soprano)

Nia Coleman sings Mozart's "Et incarnatus est" from the Mass in C minor on 7th February 2020 at St James' Church, Gerrards Cross.

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Welcome to The Amersham Festival of Music website. For more than thirty years, the Amersham Festival of Music has been one of the top annual music events in South Bucks. 

 

The festival has grown steadily in that time and now runs for 3 or more weeks each spring and also includes a winter season of concerts featuring our own Festival Orchestra.  

Event Manager Wanted

We are looking for a person or persons to deal with the practical organisation of concerts, both beforehand and on the day. A modest honorarium payment is given to the role and all the concerts can be enjoyed for free! If you are interested in finding out more please email Jane Partridge at chairman@amershamfestival.org for an informal, no strings chat.

Our Music

Our aim in starting the Festival was to promote music-making of the highest professional quality in the local area, using some of the very attractive local venues available to us.

 

Works are performed both by our own Festival Orchestra and also by a wide variety of visiting guest performers including both professional musicians and talented amateurs.

 

Previous concerts have included everything from Vivaldi to Verdi and Elgar to Ellington in a wide range of musical styles including:-

 

  • Baroque

  • Jazz

  • Major choral works

  • Chamber concerts

  • Opera

  • Classical

 

The festival also includes a substantial educational element offering a bursary scheme for local aspiring young musicians. We also hold Masterclasses and Study Days with top musicians.

 

 

Online Concert

During lockdown Iain Ledingham and some of his favourite musicians have recorded two concerts. The first of these is now ready to be viewed online.

 

This concert is an “Organ Spectacular” with trumpet and soprano, performed by Iain Ledingham (organ), Imogen Whitehead (trumpet) and Aimée Fisk (soprano). Many of you may have attended a similar event in previous Festivals and you will know that the programme will be full of popular and well known works.  On this occasion these include the famous Toccatas by Widor, Dubois and Boellmann, two movements from Haydn’s sparkling Trumpet Concerto, operatic Arias from Rigoletto, La Boheme and a splendid showpiece from Mozart’s early opera Mitridate. Aimée and Imogen will join with Iain to perform  Handel’s magnificent “Let the bright seraphim” from Samson and Geoffrey Burgon’s Nunc Dimittis (famous as the theme music for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy). The concert will be available from 2nd July – 30th September 2021.

To access the concert and make a donation please click this link.

 

 

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