About the Festival

The Stratford on Avon Music Festival has since 1996 successfully presented a week of high-quality chamber music aimed at the local community with a focus on young artists. Strong local partnerships with established Arts organisations are in place for 2019 to reinforce quality community participation and emphasise the Festival’s role as an important part of the annual cultural offering in the town.

STRATFORD ON AVON MUSIC FESTIVAL PARTNERS

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Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), in residence at the Stratford Play House, The Courtyard Hereford and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, has a 23-year international reputation for delivering artistic excellence to wide-ranging audiences, underpinned by high quality community projects regionally in care homes/dementia cafés (102 half-day workshops in 19 venues last season), primary schools (7 half-day workshops to 379 children last season), universities & to children with special needs. Artists of international status are engaged & OOTS has commissioned 70+ new works with a 23-strong discography.

Escape Arts, established in 1997, offers workshops led by professional artists & heritage consultants, enabling adults & young people to participate in creative & community heritage projects with tailor-made activities to challenge expectations, find their own creative voice & help to promote health, wellbeing & community cohesion.

The Stratford Literary Festival, a highlight of the regional calendar for 12 years, attracts 1000’s of people who share a passion for books, writing and reading. With two festivals per year (April and November) their involvement in the community weekend brings an important literary dimension to the concept of open-access community Arts in the town.

STRATFORD ON AVON MUSIC FESTIVAL BOARD

 
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Patron: Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford  •  President: John Lill CBE

The venue for all our events and concerts is: Stratford Play House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
Stratford on Avon Music Festival is being produced in collaboration with: