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
- 2014 Guiting Festival is now over
- 2015 Festival planning is now underway
- Over 400 people attend open-air Jazz concert
- New Folk concert "a great success!"
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.
Welcome to the Guiting Festival
The Guiting Festival is a summertime celebration of high quality music concerts 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 Cotswolds summer calendar bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and, new in 2014, Folk musicians from around the world to perform for you with unbeatable ticket prices.
We present our concerts 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 access for wheelchairs in the Hall is provided, if required.
Having recently completed its 44th year, the Guiting Festival has built up a strong band of very loyal regular 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.
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.
2014 Guiting Festival
This year we included a second Open-air Sunday Concert but with a FOLK MUSIC theme.
Indoor concerts saw an international line-up present an exciting array of performances covering classical piano, Mexican acoustic guitar, percussion, jazz quintet, classical violin, four-hands piano and a complex closing concert from the incomparable pianist, Imogen Cooper.
2015 Guiting Festival
Planning is already underway for the 2015 (45th) Guiting Festival and details will be available here as soon as we confirm the line-up with the artists.
We really hope you enjoy looking through our website and discovering more about the Festival.
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.