The 2017 festival will be the sixteenth, and the second to be curated by the Berkeley Ensemble.


In 2015 Sylvia Rhys-Thomas, retiring from her post as artistic director, invited the ensemble to take on the running of the festival. We had had two very happy experiences appearing at this exciting festival and were thrilled by the prospect of building on the foundation set by Sylvia and her colleagues.

The festival continues to have the rich mix of events and musical styles for which it is known, with an emphasis on chamber music but also including renowned soloists and vocal music amongst the other musical offerings.

The 2016 Festival saw some exciting changes: in addition to the three evening concerts of previous years, we held a late-night event on the Friday, and Saturday morning included a family concert, introducing the instruments and showing how music can be used to tell stories.

We are delighted that long-standing supporters have continued to help the festival to thrive, and that many new people are joining us too.

Paul Cott
Artistic Director
Berkeley Ensemble


  • Michael Berkeley CBE
  • David Campbell
  • Miss Joanna David
  • Edward Fox OBE
  • Jill Gomez, Countess of Northesk
  • Sir Sydney Kentridge QC
  • The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Norwich CVO
  • Sylvia Rhys-Thomas