Classical, Jazz & Folk music at its best
Great music in the Cotswolds since 1970
Guiting Festival: Music in the Cotswolds
Home to exceptional music in the Cotswolds for over 40 years
- Post-concert Suppers - very limited number of tickets available
- NEW! Folk Music concert - Sunday 3rd August
- Tickets for most concerts still available - buy yours on-line NOW!
- Ivan Yanakov and The London Chamber Players - programme change
- Joanna MacGregor to return for 2015 - more details soon
- Gwilym Simcock Jazz Quintet - line-up change
- Jennifer & Jeremy Pike - programme change
- Elisabeth Streichert - programme change
- Incomparable Imogen Cooper to perform closing evening concert
If you are looking for great music in a beautiful rural setting then the Guiting Festival is for you.
Each summer we celebrate outstanding musical performances from world-class artists in the relaxed, informal context of England's beautiful Cotswold countryside.
We aim to bring you an exciting range of classical, jazz and folk music performances in concerts that are held in the Guiting Power Village Hall or outdoors in the adjacent playing fields.
Guiting Power is a beautiful, rural village in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswold Hills. It is only a few minutes away from Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe. Broadway, Cheltenham, and Cirencester can all be reached within 30 minutes or less by car.
Guiting Power's roots can be traced back over a thousand years to Anglo-Saxon times and its medieval heritage is still visible today.
Time after time the village has proven to be the ideal venue for the Festival since its inauguration nearly half a century ago.
The Guiting Festival is a registered charity and is run entirely by volunteers.
It is funded exclusively by ticket receipts, sponsorship and donations.
Our objectives are to bring outstanding live music to the Cotswolds at a price that makes it available to as wide an audience as possible.
All surplus funds are ploughed back into the festival to ensure that you continue to enjoy exciting performances from some of today's most talented musical artists.
NEW FOR 2014
Steeleye Span's legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight, brings his inimitable trio to the Guiting Power Festival this year.
Peter Knight's Gigspanner is supported by superb singer-songwriter Megan Henwood, resulting in a concert that's just too good to miss!
Welcome to the Guiting Festival
The Guiting Festival is a summertime celebration of high quality music starting at the end of July every year in the picturesque village of Guiting Power, set deep in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswold Hills.
For over 40 years the Guiting Festival has been a highlight of the Cotswold summer calendar bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and, new for 2014, Folk musicians from around the world to perform for you with unbeatable ticket prices.
We present our concerts to you in two formats: Evening Indoor Concerts and Sunday Open-air Concerts held in the rustic and very intimate setting of the Guiting Power Village Hall or its adjacent playing fields. Car parking is free and there access for wheelchairs is provided, if required.
Now in its 44th year, the Guiting Festival has built up a strong band of very loyal supporters, some coming from as far away as the USA, with many returning every year and renting cottages or B&Bs if they do not live nearby.
High quality hot food, wine and other beverages are available at the Sunday open-air concerts and, if you are quick on the draw, there is a limited number of post-concert suppers available after the indoor evening performances; these are laid on at the charming and nearby Old Vicarage.
The Festival is a registered charity and virtually all the effort required to run it comes from volunteers, with tremendous support also coming from our loyal band of long-standing Sponsors, Donors and Patrons. This allows us to bring you internationally acclaimed artists and highly talented new musicians, many of whom have won important competitions or are considered to have outstanding ability. It also means that we can offer our tickets at the lowest possible prices, often at under half the price of comparable concerts.
2014 Guiting Festival
Our international line-up for 2014 is one that we feel justifiably proud to bring to you.
Jazz fans will love Jason Rebello, who has played with such great names as Sting and Jeff Beck;
The brilliant Russian pianist Sophia Lisovskaya from Moscow is sure to delight us with a range of classical pieces from Mozart, Scarlatti, Chopin and Tchaikovsky;
Mexican accoustic guitarist Morgan Szymanski will bring music from Latin America along with percussionists O Duo;
BBC Young Musician of the Year Jennifer Pike will be playing several beautiful violin pieces accompanied by her brother, Jeremy;
And our closing indoor concert will be performed by the internationally renown and incomparable pianist, Imogen Cooper.
With concerts also from Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva, Ivan Yanakov & The London Chamber Players, gypsy jazz band Swing From Paris, and Gwilym Simcock's Jazz quintet, there is sure to be something to delight everyone.
New FOLK MUSIC Concert for 2014
And if that isn't enough, this year we are adding a second Open-air Sunday Concert but this time with a FOLK MUSIC theme. We are very proud to bring you Peter Knight's Gigspanner. Many of you will know that for decades Peter was the fabulous fiddle player with the universally renown and ever popular folk band, Steeleye Span.
And in support we have the superbly talented Megan Henwood, BBC Young Folk Award winner and a rapidly rising star on the Folk Music scene.
You can discover more about this year's programme by following the links below.
You can also read what Turtle Mat have to say about us in their top pick of music festivals by viewing their Cotswolds Summer Festival Guide.
Buy Tickets for the 2014 Guiting Festival
We still have a few tickets for most concerts but they are selling quickly so, if you want to be sure of your seats, don't leave it to chance and buy your tickets on-line* now using your PayPal account or a debit/credit card. This line-up is too good to miss and these prices are very likely to be the best you will ever see.
* Please be aware that you will need to create an account with the Guiting Festival website and be logged-in before you will be able to buy tickets on-line.
We really hope you enjoy looking through our website and discovering more about the Festival.