The best of the rest…
Newbury Spring Festival 12-26 May
While Highclere Castle and Englefield
House host aristocratic chamber music, St Nicholas’ Church bestows its blessing on cellist Sheku Kanneh-mason.
Tel: 0845 521 8218 (UK only)
Web: www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk English Music Festival 25-28 May Spreading its wings to three venues, this year’s Dorchester-based English Music Festival takes flight. The programmes ranges from Byrd and Armonico’s Purcell to a new symphony by Christopher Wright. Tel: +44 (0)1535 272054
Web: www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk Festival of Chichester 16 June – 15 July
A new work by Errollyn Wallen plus piano recitals by Stephen Kovacevich and
Victor Ryabchikov colour Chichester’s 200-plus events extravaganza.
Tel: +44 (0)1243 816525
Deal Festival 29 June – 14 July
The Academy of Ancient Music unwraps early Mozart and the European Union Chamber Orchestra takes up residence.
Tel: +44 (0)1304 370220
JAM on the Marsh 5-15 July
The medieval churches of Romney Marsh resound to Voces8, the BBC Singers’ Rachmaninov Vespers and Noël Coward. Tel: 0800 988 7984 (UK only)
Petworth Festival 17 July – 4 August
The festival’s 40th birthday is celebrated with with 40-part Tallis in the stable yard of Petworth House. Well-wishers include cellist Steven Isserlis and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie (below).
Tel: +44 (0)1798 344576
Oxford Piano Festival 28 July – 5 August With a faculty mustering Piotr Anderszewski, András Schiff, Richard Goode and
Menahem Pressler, Oxford’s 20th festival assembles a formidable line up.
Tel: +44 (0)1865 980980
Plush Festival 3 Aug – 16 Sept
As pianist Tim Horton curates this year’s festival, highlights include a cycle of Beethoven cello sonatas and pianist András Schiff in Book II of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier.
Tel: +44 (0)20