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"Most concerts take place in the intimate setting of the church of St John the Baptist, Little Missenden, a small Saxon-cum-Norman building with a fine immediate acoustic"

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Welcome to the 57th Little Missenden Festival

We’d like to thank the artists, volunteers and in particular, audiences, who made the 57th Little Missenden Festival (7-16 October, 2016) such a resounding success.  The overall level of ticket sales was the second highest in the Festival's history.

From Rose Tremain’s talk about her life and work as a novelist to the Ligeti Quartet’s world premiere of Laura Jurd’s new composition Jump Cut Shuffle, we were treated to outstanding performances from some of the most talented and respected artists within their respective genres.

For a reminder of the 2016 programme please click here

The main Festival is over, but we’re not quite finished! There are still a few tickets left for our joyful Christmas Concert with the Mellstock Band in the Church at 8pm on Friday 16 December, 2016. Buy tickets here through TicketSource.  There'll be one change of artist within the Mellstock line-up.  Charles Spicer is sadly unable to perform, and his place will be taken by Caroline Butler, who has recently toured and recorded with the Mellstocks.

We'll also be continuing our important work with local schools, which will take place next February.

58th Little Missenden Festival: October 2017

We're already working on an equally exciting programme for 2017.  News of upcoming events on will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page as it becomes available.

About our Festival

"England's best-kept secret festival" (composer David Matthews)

The Little Missenden Festival has an unbroken tradition of high-quality music-making in a unique Buckinghamshire setting. This small and unspoilt village is in beautiful Chiltern countryside yet not far from London, just beyond Betjeman's Metroland.

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. This lovely building has a fine immediate acoustic, and music heard at this intimate range has real impact and presence. A concert here is a very special experience.

The Festival features promising young talents as well as nationally and internationally famous artists and composers. The programme ranges from classic masterworks to the less familiar, but no less intriguing.

It includes something for all - early, baroque, classical and contemporary music rub shoulders with jazz, folk music, art lectures, poetry and children's events.

For a flavour of the Festival watch this short video.