Given the continuing uncertainty of staging live events, the Festival Board have taken the decision to postpone the 2021 Newbury Spring Festival to 4 – 20 September 2021.
While we are of course sad to have to postpone events in May again, we’re delighted to confirm that many of the planned concerts in May have been moved to September. Full details of the new programme will be released on the website in the coming weeks.
Highlights of the new September Festival include – The Armonico Consort performing St Matthew Passion on the opening night, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Jennifer Pike on the middle weekend, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra will close the Festival on the final weekend.
Plans for September will still be focused on using St. Nicolas Church and the Corn Exchange as the principal Festival venues. We envisage many of the Social-Distancing restrictions to still be in force even in September. Full details of all the concerts and Covid-safe provision will be made on our website at the time of booking.
Booking dates will be confirmed in the coming days, but it is likely that Friends Booking will open in early July with Public Booking opening at the end of the same month.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Festival in September.
In the meantime, stay safe,
Newbury Spring Festival
St Matthew Passion
International star tenor Ian Bostridge, famous throughout the world for his performances as the Evangelist, joins the finest period instrumentalists and singers of Armonico Consort to bring Bach’s masterpiece to life. A work of genius, combining the most perfectly formed recitative interpolated with Bach’s most beautiful arias, the St Matthew Passion reflects on the emotional drama from the story of the Passion of Christ.
Whatever your own spiritual beliefs, everyone should hear it at least once, and there’s no more immediate way to experience it than in this performance by Armonico Consort.
The Sons of Pitches
The Sons of Pitches are one of the premiere vocal groups currently working in the UK. With soaring vocals, stellar set pieces and mind-bending improvised numbers they are taking the world of entertainment by storm and it’s all without instruments.
The group first came to the public’s attention when they became the winners of BBC2’s The Naked Choir hosted by Gareth Malone. Since winning The Naked Choir, the group have toured extensively across the UK and Europe.
Performing their unique versions of crowd-pleasing hits and nostalgic medleys, along with their famous improvised numbers, this promises to be an evening of toe-tapping entertainment
Solid Steel Ambassadors
Be transported to idyllic Caribbean shores with an evening of Calypso, Soca, Reggae and Latino classics.
An evening of Calypso, Soca, Reggae and Latino classics with the Solid Steel Ambassadors.
The Solid Steel Ambassadors have transported audiences to idyllic sun and rum-soaked Caribbean shores for more than twenty years with their striking melodies played on their beautifully-tuned steel pan instruments.
The band has the history and passion to play traditional Caribbean songs authentically, and the progressive approach that embraces all genres of popular music where great melodies can be found.
Sponsored by Greenham Trust
Known for playing songs you know in ways you probably don’t, Ben Bruant and Will Cashel met and formed ‘duo’ in 2011 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Ben was born in Le Havre in France and studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory in Paris before moving to London. Will, born in Bath, England, won a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music at 14 before gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Together they have recorded four albums and performed their Flamenco fusion of pop and classical tracks around the world – to audiences including British and European royalty and at events such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Good Food Festival, G-Live, and Smoked & Uncut.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
We’re delighted to welcome back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the 2021 Festival.
Under the baton of Paul Daniel they’ll be joined by international star violinist Jennifer Pike.
Full details of the concert will be released and confirmed in due course.
Please note all programmes and events are subject to change and last minute alternation subject to the latest Government Covid guidelines.
Manu Brazo REVIVE
REVIVE has been born In a world without live music. It is a concert in which Manu Brazo rediscovers some of the most well-known pieces of classical music and present them in a new format with a fresh and modern sound, accompanied by violinist Claudia G Uriarte and pianist Prajna Indrawati.
The purpose of this concert is to display a balanced programme of beautiful music expressing that the world we used to know is still out there and we will be able to enjoy it again even if it develops in new shapes and takes us through new paths, in the same way that we can enjoy these very well-known classics in a new way through the sound of a saxophone in this unusual ensemble.
It is a close and intimate concert, full of emotion and excitement in which Manu talks directly to the audience to tell them stories and anecdotes about the pieces and about his own story
London Philharmonic Orchestra
We’re thrilled to welcome the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the last concert at St. Nicolas Church in this Festival. Further details of the concert will be released as soon as they’re confirmed.
Final plans for the concert are of course subject to necessary Covid restrictions in place at the time.
Most Christian liturgies are strongly associated with singing, but none are defined by the intoned human voice quite like those of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The ‘spoken’ word is entirely absent from the Russian liturgy, lacking as it does the element of spiritual theatre endowed by the solemn chants of the Znamenny, Kievan and oth-er chant traditions. No surprise then, that there should be a wealth of choral music associated with this liturgy, dating back to the 16th Century and evolving more-or-less uninterrupted until the sudden decline in the Church’s fortunes which accompanied the Bolshevik Rebellion in 1917.
Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception, and this exquisite collection includes some little-known gems, rarely heard outside Russia, as well as some familiar favourites from this vast area of choral repertoire.
Clare Teal and her Trio
This brand-new show promises a rich jazz-infused repertoire in its many forms. Bringing you more exhilarating swing as award-winning jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio celebrate 100 years of popular music.
Featuring some of the greatest songs ever written from the Great American and British Songbooks and contemporary writers creating the standards of today.
As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much-loved performers, Clare and her Trio guarantee an evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best.
Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final
his is a wonderful opportunity to hear the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires – and to cast your vote for the audience prize!
This notable competition, established by the Sheepdrove Trust, is open to candidates aged 26 and under from the eight major UK music colleges, and attracts young pianists of the highest standard from around the world. Today’s competition, which this year has an emphasis on J S Bach, features four shortlisted finalists and takes place in the tranquil setting of Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre on the Lambourn Downs.