Our Patron is the distinguished composer, David Matthews. His work has often been featured at the Festival. As recently as 2018, Sarah-Jane Bradley (Rossetti Ensemble) played Sonatina for Viola and Piano op141 which David wrote for her.
"I am delighted to have been asked to become Patron of the Little Missenden Festival, which I have been attending regularly for nearly 30 years, ever since Richard Drakeford commissioned my 6th Quartet for the 1991 Festival. Some time ago I described Little Missenden as 'England's best-kept secret festival', and that still seems to sum it up rather well. Every year there are unusual concerts of a very high standard played to discerning and highly appreciative audiences, who are not afraid of contemporary music. I look forward to many more visits, and hope that the Festival will never lose its spirit of adventure."