The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts is an English Arts Festival which is primarily devoted to classical music. It is a biennial event taking place in May and is centred in the ancient and beautiful village of Mayfield in East Sussex, just south of the Spa Town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
In 2012 the Mayfield Festival once again delivered a wide-ranging and exciting programme of concerts, spanning ten consecutive nights between 4th to 13 May.
This Festival took the opportunity to celebrate the year of the London Olympics with an impressive roster of Young Classical Olympians, many of whom are set to become tomorrow’s stars.
The line-up included among others award-winning guitarist Sean Shibe, the Finzi Quartet, sisters the Rose Trio, and girls from St. Leonards-Mayfield School. Internationally established artists and loyal festival friends included Sir Thomas Allen, the Mayfield Festival Choir, the sell-out John Wilson & the John Wilson Orchestra and Tenebrae, considered to be Britain’s finest choir, who closed the Festival with a dramatic candlelit concert in Mayfield’s historic Parish Church.
This year the Festival programme was extended to include also an Art Exhibition organised by the Dark Horse Gallery, featuring work by several artists with connections to Mayfield and a number of art-based workshops.
The next Mayfield Festival is scheduled to take place in Spring 2014. Full details regarding the programme and ticketing information will be made available on this website in due course.
NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
During the Festival it was announced that the current Artistic Director was stepping down after eight years with the Festival. Describing his tenure as “one of the happiest music-making periods of my career,” the distinguished tenor Neil Mackie CBE took the opportunity to thank Festival supporters, saying “It has been an enormous privilege to have been part of such a fine community… Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to sustain the four festivals that have taken place under my direction. Long may the Mayfield Festival continue to blossom and enhance the community as a whole.”
Neil will be succeeded by conductor, musicologist and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly. Speaking of this appointment, Festival Chairman Jonathan Jones said “We look forward to many years of collaboration with Jeremy. For the immediate future we have tasked him with exploring innovation without compromising quality, looking further at village inclusion and outreach to schools, and making the Festival something that goes beyond being a series of concerts every two years.”
We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors, without whose help this renowned Festival would not take place.
Prof and Mrs Hans Rausing
Ms Lisbet Rausing and Mr Peter Baldwin
Mr and Mrs Simon Tindall
Jeremy Summerly (Artistic Director)
Jonathan Jones (Financial Director)
Deirdre Benians (Director and Publicity Manager)
Steve Swanton (Director and Concert Manager)
Brian O’Connor (Director and Box Office Manager)
Kate Sanday (PR Consultant)
Tony Trevillion (Website Manager)
VenuesOur concerts and other events are held in many interesting and historic venues around Mayfield
PerformersSee and read more about our world-class performers from both home and abroad.
Book TicketsSee our schedule of festival events to see who is performing and buy tickets online.