Tetbury Music Festival

The Tetbury Music Festival is an annual series of concerts, held in the Cotswolds market town of Tetbury.

The festival was started in 2003 and has been running on the first weekend in October ever since, although due to the Coronavirus it’s possible that the 2020 festival may not go ahead.

Gumstool Hill in Tetbury
This way to the festival…

Please check their website, for up to date information on that, which should be available from the 1st June 2020.

Royal connections

HRH Prince Charles is the patron of the festival – his Highgrove Estate is just to the south west of the town.

The majority of the concerts are held in the local parish church, St Mary’s.

St Mary's church in Tetbury
The impressive and imposing St Mary’s church in Tetbury

In addition to the church, festival events also now take place at the Tetbury Goods Shed arts centre.

Converted from a former Great Western Railway centre building in 2016 and opened in 2017, the Goods Shed is a regional centre of arts excellence.

Origins

Established in 2003 by Graham Kean and Elise Smith OBE, the festival was inspired by and aimed to add to the already splendid selection provided by

  • the Bath International Festival in May
  • the Cheltenham International Festival of Music in July
  • MozartFest in late September

and become nationally recognised for its own contribution to the musical calendar.

The Snooty Fox in Tetbury
The Snooty Fox are one of the supporters of the festival

Since its foundation the festival has welcomed many renowned classical musicians to Tetbury, to perform over the years and has been growing in stature year on year.

The festival itself is a charity and made possible by the help of local volunteers and sponsors, as well as the revenue that they generate by selling tickets to the events.

The festival is not to be confused with TetFest, which is another local annual event and music festival.

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