Farnham Festival Committee are delighted to announce that HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO has kindly accepted an invitation to attend this year’s Festival 19-22 March 2018
The Farnham Festival – New Music For Young People is a non-competitive four-day Festival offering a rich and diverse programme of six unique concerts. Over 1200 local young people are expected to take part or attend this year. The Festival’s principle objective is to give local young people aged 5-19, of all abilities and backgrounds, the opportunity to perform music written especially for them by contemporary composers.
The Festival is organised by a committee of local volunteers who have a wide depth of professional experience and who are committed to continuing the legacy of providing a festival of exciting and inspirational concerts and workshops. It was inaugurated in 1961 by two local visionaries Alan Fluck, former Head of Music at Farnham Boys Grammar School and Raymond Krish, a local solicitor and arts patron. They both passionately believed music was central to education.
The Festival relies solely on fundraising, sponsorship and community support to ensure sustainability and enables the provision of free tickets to those 16 and under and £5 to all those over 16.
Two new commissions, More Four by William Goodchild and Time For Change by Melanie Thorne will be premiered at the Festival this year. More Four has been commissioned by the Krish family and Time For Change funded by the Farnham Institute Charity.
Mon 19 March
Wild World Concert – the Festival kicks off with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic concert featuring children from local infant schools.
Along Came Man (concert 1 of 2) – a thought provoking cantata on an ecological theme featuring performers from local junior schools conducted by the inspirational Caroline Maxwell-Gale.
Tue 20 March
Raise Me Up – The Ridgeway Community and Abbey Schools are teaming up with Luminosa Young Voices and Farnham Junior Youth Choir. The concert will culminate in a sung and signed performance of You Raise Me Up.
Along Came Man (concert 2 of 2) – such was the demand from junior schools to take part this year the organisers have added a second performance of the cantata. Different schools will be performing at each of the concerts.
Wed 21 March
Exposition and Recapitulation – a Choral and Orchestral Concert which includes the exciting premier of Time For Change by Melanie Thorne commissioned for the 2018 Festival. This concert will also take the audience on a journey through the decades to rediscover music previously commissioned for the Festival. Performers at this event include More House School Brass Ensemble, Farnham Youth Choir, and performers from local secondary schools including Frensham Heights School and Weydon School. The Farnham Festival Players will also be taking part – this is the first time the Festival has had it’s own orchestra!
Thu 22 March
Jazz 4 All – an evening of jazz performed by local secondary schools, colleges and jazz ensembles showcasing their favourite pieces. William Goodchild’s More Four, which has been commissioned for the Festival by the Krish family, will be performed by More House School. The Festival will culminate in all these talented musicians performing a show stopping finale.
Book your tickets through the box office 01252 745444 or online here.