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2022 Festival

We’re thrilled to now be looking forward to the Festival returning to it’s more usual slot in May 2022.

I am looking forward to returning to all of our regular venues, restored to full capacity, for our traditional two weeks in May, when the English countryside is at its greenest and freshest, and we have summer to look forward to.

Fortunately I have been able to restore more cancelled 2020 events, and am especially delighted to welcome our Festival Chorus, with the same orchestra and soloists, on the opening night, for their long awaited performance of Mozart’s great Coronation Mass, especially appropriate in this year of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

We also celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams with a series of events including most notably a broadcast performance by BBC Symphony Orchestra of his 4th Symphony, preceded by Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, a belated tribute to the composer whose 250th Anniversary we missed in 2020. It is also an honour to welcome to Newbury three great British Dames, Janet Baker, Imogen Cooper and Jane Glover.

We will return to Englefield House, the ideal venue for an immersive performance of Jonathan Dove’s opera Mansfield Park, to Highclere Castle, the perfect setting for an intimate evening of Bach Cello Suites, and to Douai Abbey for The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage. For the first time we will visit Church of the Ascension, Burghclere, and St John’s Church, Newbury. As always, I have tried to balance classical favourites with lesser known masterpieces, to include in the mix Jazz, Folk, World Music, Film, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Cabaret, Comedy, Interviews and Talks. I have also continued to introduce some of the most talented young artists from Britain and around the world, the stars of the future, in their ascendant, while also welcoming their senior colleagues, some of them legends in their own lifetimes.

All of this is accompanied by an education programme full of opportunities for young people to attend performances, workshops and master classes free of charge, building the audiences and artists of the future. I hope you find much to enjoy, and I look forward to seeing you at many events this May for what promises to be a vintage year, a return to Newbury Spring Festival.

Mark Eynon
Festival Director