WELCOME

THE ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL celebrates Britain’s rich musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of English music.

FOUNDER‑DIRECTOR EM MARSHALL‑LUCK

Photograph | Frances Marshall

It was established to give a platform to those many powerful and lovely works by British composers – primarily of the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries – that for so many years were all-too-rarely heard. Yet although the focus of the Festival is the Golden Renaissance of English Music, our programmes span from mediaeval music and the timeless delights of Tallis and Byrd through to contemporary music: indeed, the Festival has commissioned numerous thrilling and accessible new works from some of Britain’s most admired contemporary composers. We are proud to have staged the world première performances not just of these new pieces, but also of important works by Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Arnold Bax, Sir Arthur Bliss, Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten, York Bowen, E.J. Moeran, Ivor Gurney, George Butterworth, Sir Henry Walford Davies, Joseph Holbrooke and Rutland Boughton (amongst many others).

FOUNDER‑DIRECTOR EM MARSHALL‑LUCK

Photograph | Frances Marshall

 

Each Festival is a dynamic and inspiring event, which not only acts as a platform for some truly exciting and moving music, but also offers talks to put the music in context, and a number of social events, such as our popular EMF lunches. We are indebted to members of our Friends’ Scheme, whose financial contributions at all levels help to ensure the continuation of our work; and Friends receive a number of benefits at the Festival, such as free tickets, advance booking and reserved seating.

 

Our main Festival in Oxfordshire is now complemented by a number of other events that we hold around the country and abroad: most notably concerts and recitals in our UK & European Concert Series, and our regular Autumn Festivals in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

 

Our record label, EM Records, and publishing arm, EM Publishing, take our work to a new level, further facilitating accessibility of these rare and wonderful pieces by enabling listeners worldwide to experience these works for themselves, giving performers previously-denied access to scores, and advancing scholarship and knowledge of composers and musicians through our books.

 

I do hope that you will join us at future EMF events, and, if possible, support the important work we do in resurrecting, discovering and commissioning the most glorious works by joining us as a Friend.

 

 

EM MARSHALL-LUCK  |  Founder-Director

LATEST NEWS

A very warm “thank you” to all who made the 2021 Autumn Festival such a success: to St Mary’s Church and the Drill Hall in Horsham for welcoming us again; to the artists, for their stimulating and engaging performances; to all the volunteers, without whose help running the Festival “on the ground” would simply not be possible; and, of course, to our audiences, whose enthusiasm and support continue to mean so much to us.

Booking has now opened for our Christmas Concerts. This year these will be held in the historically fascinating church of St Andrew’s in the delightful Northumbrian town of Corbridge with its rich Roman remains and plethora of charming restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, hotels and artisan shops. The full programme is posted on this page; and tickets may be booked through our online Box Office.

With the artists’ permission, some of the events at the 2021 May Festival were filmed; and these are now ready for viewing on this website. We are making a modest charge for access — this is to cover the costs of production and also to enable us to pay a royalty to the performers. The film programmes are available on this page; and tickets can be purchased from our online Box Office.

If you would like more details about our Friends’ Scheme, please follow this link to our ‘Friends’ Scheme’ page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.