Welcome to the Little Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts – now approaching its 55th anniversary this October. The 55th Festival will run from 3rd to 12th October 2014. The 2014 programme will be posted early in August
Click here to see the 2013 programme outline, with links to individual events.
Click here to download a digital version of the 2013 brochure.
About our Festival
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 very special 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.
News about the Festival and its activities is posted from time to time. Currently we have a tribute to the late John Tavener (who had a long association with the Festival); a piece about our Syrian event (and the money raised for the Syrian disaster fund); news of our uncanny run of medical emergencies; an account of our Britten centenary tributes; and a piece about the death of MIchael Cox, one of the last surviving Festival founders. Click here for a link to the news pages.