The Festival is pleased to announce a new Festival Chairman
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 45th 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.
We've Passed Go and we're on the Newbury Monopoly Board!
There is a remarkable story behind the windows – what they depict and how a tremendous local community effort, over decades, secured their installation.
The Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery visited St Joseph’s, St Finians and Ramsbury Primary School sharing their religion and culture.
“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!”
From my perspective, it’s really quite simple: it was the best festival I’ve ever been to. I attended five concerts, and they were all absolutely breathtakingly good. As a regular visitor to places like Wigmore Hall, I get to listen to a lot of incredible music, but the events you laid on were right up there. In fact, as an overall experience, when combining the fantastic venues and the world-class performances, this year’s festival was beyond compare.
We are so fortunate to be able to attend performances by truly international musicians. That a small town like Newbury can attract such quality is a huge credit to the dedication of the festival management team and the conduct of the concerts themselves.