Classical, Jazz and Folk Music in The Cotswolds
24th July to 2nd August 2015
For over 40 years
the Guiting Music Festival has been a highlight of the Cotswolds
summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented
performances of Classical, Jazz and Folk music by artists from
around the world. It 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 is
run entirely by volunteers, with tremendous support coming from our
loyal band of long-standing
Sponsors, Donors and Patrons. This
means our tickets come at the lowest possible price and allows us to
bring you internationally acclaimed artists and exceptionally
talented new musicians, many of whom have won important competitions
or are considered to have outstanding ability.
The 2015 Festival (our 45th!) brings you an
exciting line-up of outstanding artists, with bookend evening
concerts from the ever popular
Joanna MacGregor and
Natalie Clein, with Joanna
breaking her tradition of previous years and
presenting this year's opening concert.
Ensemble 360 (wind quartet and piano), continue the Classical
theme followed by Lizzie Ball & Christina McMaster on violin and
piano, and we are delighted to invite back the superb pianists, Simon Callaghan
and Hiroaki Takenouchi as "The Parnassius Duo" who, in 2013, stepped in
with just 24 hours notice to replace an injured Joanna
and who gave one of the most acclaimed performances of that year's
Jazz features strongly again this year with the first weekend
being dedicated to the genre. Purdy and her Quartet are playing
on the Saturday evening and the Sunday Open-Air concert sees Abi Flynn's
Jazz Sextet supported by Funk Line Quartet. The ever popular
Andy Sheppard Quartet return on the second Friday to
complete this year's jazz line-up.
Folk fans will enjoy the return of our dedicated Open-Air concert on the last
Sunday of the Festival featuring the exceptional Hattie Briggs. Local BBC Radio presenter
Johnnie Coppin with singer-songwriter Mike Silver follow, with the final performance coming from the
highly celebrated Roving Crows. We also have an evening concert of Northumbrian Folk from the
brilliant Kathryn Tickell and The Side.
Evening Indoor Concerts
These are held in the rustic and very intimate setting of the Guiting Power Village Hall. There is free car parking immediately next to the Hall with wheelchair access, if required.
Open-Air Sunday concerts
Our open-air concerts are held on the two Sundays of the Festival period with the first being for
lovers of great Jazz.
The recently introduced second Sunday concert is dedicated to Folk music.