Welcome to the Little Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts – still thriving in its 53rd anniversary year. The 2012 Festival is now over. It ran from 5th to 14th October.
If you're interested to see what the 2012 programme was like, click here to see an outline, with links to individual events.
We are running one more event this year, although not part of the main Festival. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments is giving a Christmas concert in the church on December 14th, called The Ministry of Angels. Almost all the tickets for this are already sold - there are only a few left, mainly low price and often singles. Selling out so quickly is good news for us, but not for anyone who wants to come but hasn't got a ticket. To enquire about what's still available please ring 01494 958148 between 11am and 8pm.
News about the Festival and its activities is posted from time to time. Click here for a link to the news pages.
We're delighted to hear that folksinger Sam Lee (event 1, opening night) has just been nominated for the prestigious Mercury prize for his debut album. Click here to learn more, or here to see Sam's event.
We're also pleased to see that MILOŠ (event 6, sold out) just got a four star Guardian review for his solo Albert Hall concert.
The Little Missenden Festival has an unbroken tradition of high-quality music-making in a unique Buckinghamshire village setting. It has a very intimate and special feeling.
"England's best-kept secret festival" (composer David Matthews)
Most events take place in the ancient village church of St John the Baptist, a small Saxon-cum-Norman building enriched with 12th-17th century wall paintings, dominated by a famous St Christopher. A concert here is a unique experience. This lovely building has a fine immediate acoustic, and music heard at this intimate range has real impact and presence. The small and unspoilt village is in beautiful Chiltern countryside – yet not far from London, just beyond Betjeman's Metroland.
The Festival features promising young talents as well as nationally and internationally famous artists and composers. The programme ranges from classic masterworks through less familiar (but not less intriguing) territory. It includes something for all – early, baroque, classical and contemporary music rub shoulders with jazz, folk music, art lectures, poetry and children's events.
The 54th Festival runs next year, from 11th to 20th October 2013. We look forward to seeing you then.