Our Story

Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, Little Missenden is a beautiful and unspoilt village on the River Misbourne, at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, near the town of Amersham.

For 60 unbroken years, the village has hosted an annual festival which offers a programme of music, literature and art of the highest quality. Early, baroque, classical and contemporary music, jazz, folk, art lectures, literary discussions, poetry readings and children's events are all featured during the Festival.

The music ranges from classical masterworks to lesser known repertoires, and showcases promising young musical talents as well as renowned artists and composers.

The Festival has always commissioned new music - from John Tavener's Greek Interlude (1979) to Mark Bowden's Breaking Wheel (2018) - thereby creating a significant volume of work.

Read what Classical Music Magazine had to say about the Festival here

The Church

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 substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant allowed extensive conservation work on these important artifacts to be undertaken during 2017 and resulted in the discovery of some previously unknown paintings. 

This lovely place has a fine immediate acoustic and a wonderful atmosphere. Music heard at such close range has real impact and presence. A concert here is a very special experience.

Read more about the church, its history, and the wall paintings on the Church Website here

 

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Fazioli Pianos