Classical, Jazz & Folk music at its best

Great music in the Cotswolds since 1970


Guiting Festival: Music in the Cotswolds

2014 Guiting Festival

Dates and Details

Imogen Cooper

Piano - Saturday 2 August 2014

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Folk - Sunday 3 August 2014 (Open-air)

Katya Apekisheva with Charles Owen

Four-Hands Piano - Saturday 26 July 2014

Morgan Szymanski and "O Duo"

Accoustic Guitar with Percussion - Monday 28 July 2014

Sophia Lisovskaya

Piano - Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ivan Yanakov with the London Chamber Players

Piano with String Orchestra - Friday 25 July 2014

Elisabeth Streichert

Concertos in Miniature - Friday 1 August 2014

Charles Owen

Four-Hands Piano with Katya Apekisheva - Saturday 26 July 2014

Jason Rebello

Jazz - Sunday 27 July 2014 (Open-air)

Megan Henwood

Folk - Sunday 3 August 2014 (Open-air)

Gwilym Simcock

Jazz Quintet - Wednesday 30 July 2014

Swing From Paris

Swing Jazz - Sunday 27 July 2014 (Open-air)

Jennifer Pike with Jeremy Pike

Violin - Thursday 31 July 2014

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Exceptional Music

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.

Outstanding Location

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.

For You

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.

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NEW FOR 2014

Peter Knight's

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Steeleye Span's legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight, brings his inimitable trio to the Guiting Power Festival this year.




Megan Henwood 

Megan Henwood

Peter Knight's Gigspanner is supported by superb singer-songwriter Megan Henwood, resulting in a concert that's just too good to miss!


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Guiting Festival:
the last 40+ years

Natalie Clein

This brief synopsis of the Guiting Festival since 1970 makes fascinating reading.
The article was written in 2010 to celebrate the Festival's 40th anniversary.

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

Concert Dates

The 44th Guiting Festival in 2014 will run from Friday 25th July 2014 to Sunday 3rd August 2014, with the highly popular Open-air Jazz Concert on Sunday 27th July 2014.


Concert Performers

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;

German pianist Elisabeth Streichert will be playing concertos in miniature with the innovative string quartet The Pythagoras Ensemble;

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.

Details of the 2014 Jazz and Folk Open-air concerts



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.

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