With the vaccination programme continuing apace, let's hope that we can all meet again in September rather than Spring.
Newbury Spring Festival is a glorious fortnight of world class music in Newbury and its beautiful neighbouring villages, with up to 45 events in 18 venues, and where international symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.
The Festival was founded in 1979 to provide the opportunity to promote culture in the region by creating an annual festival accessible to all. It aims to bring excellent, new and innovative work from around the world to a variety of local venues adding to the economic and cultural wellbeing of the area, and to continue to create opportunities for young people, existing and new audiences to enjoy the arts.
Now in its 41st year, Newbury Spring Festival is funded entirely by private donation, charitable giving and corporate sponsorship and enjoys its reputation as one of the most important cultural events in the region, attracting audiences of several thousand each year from the immediate area and beyond.
Jeanie, Countess of Carnarvon’s, commitment and enthusiasm from the outset and throughout the evolution of the Festival have been fundamental to its success.
The Duchess of Kent and I have seen the Festival grow from humble beginnings to an internationally renowned arts festival, having faced and overcome many obstacles along the way.
Jeanie, Countess of Carnarvon, can be justly proud of the Festival’s achievements. Her legacy must surely be a Festival that continues to flourish as we embark on the next forty years.
With the exciting progress being made with vaccines we are now looking to 2021 with slightly more confidence.
The Sixteen has just launched a five-part series of programmes which will be streamed online in November and December
You do not have to look far to read what a precarious situation the performing arts world is currently in. Some good news is that thanks to the generous support of the public and sponsors, the Newbury Spring Festival is forging ahead with a programme for 2021
“We are very fortunate to have such a prestigious festival in Newbury which both attracts internationally renowned musicians and encourages the musicians of the future.”
“It was one of my first professional concerts after the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000. I’ve since returned a few times and know what a special atmosphere it is there.”
“Thank you so much for organising this wonderful event. It was a great pleasure for me to be a part of it. And thank you for such hospitality, it was amazing!”