Tetbury Music Festival was founded in 2003 by Graham Kean, then Director of Music at St Marys’ Church and Elise Smith OBE, a life-long supporter and Patron of the Arts. Run by a Board of committed volunteers it brings to Tetbury the finest musicians you are likely to hear outside the great concert halls of the world.
The Festival takes place during the first week of October when the nights are drawing in and the church is lit by candlelight. Concerts range from early to classical to contemporary music, with the more recent addition of lectures and interviews to share insight, understanding and new ways of appreciating the context in which these great works were written. The acclaimed ‘cellist Steven Isserlis who has performed at the Festival on several occasions was the first Artistic Director. Conductor and ‘cellist Jonathan Cohen has been Artistic Director since 2013. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is the Festival’s patron.
The majority of concerts take place in the beautiful parish church of St Marys' although the Festival includes other venues from time to time. An exceptionally fine example of early Georgian Gothic architecture the Church has an acoustic to match which attracts musicians and audience alike. Several concerts have been recorded over the years for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Since it was founded in 2003, Tetbury Music Festival has welcomed some of the finest classical musicians to the heart of the Cotswolds.
Previous performers have included Angela Hewitt, Radu Lupu, Mark Padmore, The Sixteen, Sarah Connolly, Rachel Podger, Voces8 – a veritable Who’s Who of musicians and singers - see more on our Past Performers below.