This is a very much a community event. We rely on volunteers who help in a variety of ways, from planning the programme, designing the posters and handling social media and advertising, through to delivering leaflets and providing cups of tea in the refreshment tent. We would be very grateful for your help. If you would like to become involved please contact us or call Emily Curtis 01604 740796. If anyone in the community would like to sponsor one of our concerts, or to promote their businesses in the Festival programme, please get in touch.
The Brixworth Music Festival was created in 2014 by a small group of enthusiastic Northamptonshire musicians who wanted to bring together a variety of musical talent to perform a series of concerts in the heart of the historic village of Brixworth. Most of the concerts are held in Brixworth's Saxon Church; its ancient walls and cavernous ceiling providing a wonderful acoustic and the perfect surroundings for the timeless pieces being performed. In previous years the Festival was held in September, but in 2018 Festival concerts will take place over an extended week in late April. It was decided to move to a different spot in the calendar because the beginning of a new school year is a difficult time for schools, choirs and other ensembles, as they are just starting to work with a new intake of singers and musicians. This new date – after Easter each year – has been hailed as a welcome change.
The Brixworth Music Festival is gradually gaining a reputation – not only in Northamptonshire but also nationwide and in Europe. Since its inauguration in 2014 our audiences have been provided with an interesting mix of classical and contemporary music, interspersed with jazz and light music. Artists have included some of the best orchestras, choirs and bands in the area, as well as international ensembles and soloists. In 2015 we had the pleasure and privilege of hosting the Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir. Plans for the fourth Brixworth Music Festival in April 2018 are well underway. Our aim is to reach out to the community and involve them in all forms of music – and to also include local composers and musicians.
The 2018 Festival will cater to all tastes – ranging from choral music of the Renaissance, classical music for orchestra and string quartet to contemporary works. It will also feature an international competition for women composers.
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Peter Dunkley (Patron)
Gwion Thomas (Co-Director)
Dr. Vivienne Olive (Co-Director)
Dr. Vivienne Olive, Composer, Professor of Music, Germany (joint Artistic Director)
Gwion Thomas, Singer, Teacher (Joint Artistic Director and Secretary)
Peter Dunkley, Clarinettist, Music Educator (Patron, Artistic Adviser)
Rev. Chloe Willson-Thomas, Singer, Vicar of All Saints Brixworth (Artistic Adviser and Event Co-ordinator)
Graham Tear, Conductor, Teacher (Artistic Adviser)
Dr. Stan Evans, retired, treasurer of Brixworth U3A (Treasurer)
Annie Curtis, retired Head Teacher (Catering)
Emily Curtis, (Publicity, Website, Ticket Management)
Oksana King Pianist, Teacher (Artistic Adviser)
Stuart Cooper Composer (Artistic Adviser)
Graphic Artist for Programmes, Tickets and Leaflets – Kelly Evans
Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Festival and may be purchased on-line here. Tickets may also be purchased at the door just before each performance. Don't miss our fantastic value Festival Pass which allows you to attend a many concerts as you like for just £25. Excludes the "Angel Voices" - Fiori Musicali concert on Sunday 22nd April.
The music performed in Brixworth has ranged from a small collection of vocalists and instrumentalists to large choirs, from brass bands to baroque groups. We hope our festivals have something to appeal to every musical taste.
Here are just a few of the previous performers; Ensemble Marquise (Hungary), Jazz Night, Northamptonshire County Youth Choir, Youth Brass 2000, Nene Consort, Northampton Musical Theatre Company, Rarescale, , Northampton Chamber Orchestra with soloists Chloe Willson-Thomas and Stephen Hague, Brixworth U3A Songsters, John Clare Wind Quintet, Swarbrick Singers, All Saints' Church Bell Ringers. In addition we have had poetry and song from local performers: Chloe Willson-Thomas, Gwion Thomas and Kay Soteriou accompanied by pianist Simon Smith
The Festival could not take place without some generous sponsorship. Every year we battle to find doners who can help to make this wonderful musical celebration possible. In the past our major doners have included the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Daventry District Council and the Big Lottery. We have also received private donations from local people for specific concerts. If you would like sponsor the 2018 Brixworth Music Festival please contact us. Alternatively we welcome on-line donations via Paypal. Please click the donate button.