Welcome to the Little Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts
The 55th Festival is now very successfully concluded. It ran from 3rd to 12th October 2014.
We are planning the 56th Festival. The programme will be posted in the summer of 2015, and it will run from 2nd to 11th October 2015.
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 and views about the Festival and its activities is posted from time to time. Currently we have some reflections about the 2014 Festival, as well as notes on the programme: Stravinsky's Soldiers' Tale (Event 5); our Gurney-based commemoration of WWI (Event 6); a tribute to the late John Tavener (who had a long association with the Festival); an account of the state-of-the-art Fazioli piano which the Festival is hiring this year; a note on Portuguese Fado from Event 7; and a reminder to hear Sean Clancy's commission, postponed from last year through illness (Event 5). Click here for a link to the news pages.