Sara Trickey and Ivana Gavrić © Robert Piwko 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Chairman, Alan Hedges. Alan had chaired the Festival since 2010 and was deeply involved in its running for years before that. As an individual he will be much missed by us all, while his deep love and enthusiasm for music in its many forms – and which underlay much of our programming - will be hard to replace.
When Alan found himself having to take on the chairmanship unexpectedly, it was his clearsightedness and determination that enabled us not only to weather a potentially difficult few years but also to secure and solidify the Festival’s reputation since then. Alan had priorities that continue to guide us: maintaining the highest artistic standards; promoting British music, especially the unjustly neglected; giving young performers a platform in their early careers; commissioning new work from living composers; and – last but not least – funding music workshops and concerts in local schools at a time of severe cuts to central funding for such vital work.
We shall miss his wisdom and enthusiasm, based on his deep love of the arts, but will continue to follow his priorities. A flourishing Festival, based on these principles, is the legacy Alan leaves to all of us.
The 62nd Little Missenden Festival concluded in suitably festive fashion with our Christmas event 'In Winter's House' in which The Gesualdo Six sang wonderfully to a capacity audience in Little Missenden Church.
It was wonderful to be able to run a complete festival programme again this year without restrictions and we hope we managed to brighten your autumn with the exciting roster of artists outlined on our 2022 Programme Pages. If you would like to remember the festival in more detail, our photographer, Robert Piwko, has prepared a display of images from some of the events in this year's festival.
Our thoughts are already turning to what we might present next year, so please do keep an eye on the website for updates or sign up to our mailing list using the link on this page. The dates to keep in your diary are Fri 6 Oct to Sun 15 Oct 2023.
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