The Chipping Norton Music Festival is held during March each year in the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton. Situated near the borders of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, the Festival has been promoting music-making in the north-east Cotswolds since 1904. One of the oldest festivals of its kind, the Festival celebrated its centenary in 2004 and the hundredth Festival in 2012. Click here to see a message from our President, Anthony Williams.
Dates for the 107th Festival: 8 - 23 March 2019.
The Festival is non-competitive and adjudicated by professionals; there are classes in music and drama for all ages, individuals and groups ranging from piano, voice, and composition through to verse-speaking. While the early years concentrated on choral singing, the Festival has evolved to include other solo and instrumental classes. Additions in the last 15 years or so include Speech & Drama (2000), Folk (2003), and the Youth Jazz Band Challenge (in association with the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton) in 2009.
The participatory classes are accompanied by a series of professional concerts, and the culmination of the Festival is a concert presenting the highlights where various trophies are awarded for outstanding performances from musicians and performers of all ages.
There is a children's workshop giving children from local primary schools the opportunity to perform.
Information about previous festivals can be found from the links on the left and a detailed history.