The Berkshire Chamber Music Festival is a series of world class chamber music concerts and educational workshops.

Poppy Beddoe (Co-Artistic Director – clarinet) joins Paul to tell us about the concert and about her career as a free-lance, worldwide acclaimed Classical clarinettist.

In much demand as a soloist and a chamber musician, Poppy performs extensively throughout the UK and internationally. Poppy graduated in Music from King’s College London in 2014, followed by a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.

Poppy has recently signed a recording contract with Ulysses Arts and her debutalbum, Soliloquy, was released in December 2021.

The album has been a huge success and has been featured by Apple Music consistently since release. 

She is also looking forward to recording a concerto written for her by Matthew Taylor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

She will première the concerto with the Farnham Sinfonia in 2022.

In 2022 she will be the Artist in Residence of the Clifton International Music Festival. 

She has been invited to give some solo recitals by the University of Houston, Texas in November 2022 where she will premiere several pieces written for her.

This year she will also make her King’s Place debut and she is looking forward to playing at the St. Magnus International Festival in June.

She has regular engagements in the South of France, notably at Conques and Marcilhac Abbeys. 

Poppy is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. 

She is grateful for the support of the Talent Unlimited Charity, the Malcolm Arnold Trust and the Nicholas Boas Foundation.

Poppy is delighted to be the Artistic Director of the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival and to bring outstanding chamber music to children and audiences around the county.


The fundamental purpose of the festival is to share a love of classical music and engage people of all backgrounds with the joy of live performance, through their concerts and workshops held across Berkshire. 

Each of their concerts offer quality, inclusive musical programmes performed by outstanding world-class musicians in beautiful local venues. 

The workshops within local schools aspire to spark passion for live music-making and introduce children to a diverse spectrum of classical composers.

Their visits to care homes and hospices intend to provide comfort, happiness and an ‘escape from the norm’ for their residents.

The festival in July will be their fourth and based on the theme of ‘Music & Hope’, with the aim of bringing outstanding classical music directly into their communities, providing the opportunity for audiences to experience and enjoy live music together, in person, again.  

They will be hosting workshops at various primary schools, hospices and residential homes across the county, culminating in four concerts performed by a host of top-class musicians.

This will include two performances of the beautiful Clarinet Quintet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and a concert that pairs Louise Farrenc’s lively Nonet and the iconic Schubert Octet.

For the first time, they are delighted to be offering a Strings Day for young string players, aged 12-18 years old, to play with our fantastic festival musicians.

The day will involve rehearsals and workshops to learn the music, culminating in a performance for families and members of the public. 

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