Imagine entering a darkened church. Shimmering golden-green lights illuminate pillars and windows and quiet forest sounds bring the world around them to life. The place is imbued with magic, and it feels as though one has stepped into another world entirely.
A concert experience like no other, and unforgettable performances from some of the UK’s top musicians, often interwoven with spoken poetry and readings. Fairy and poetry trails too, all waiting for you in the Chiltern Arts 2022 programme.
As the world still reels from the effects of the pandemic, Chiltern Arts offers a serene escape from the daily grind with a programme inspired by the world of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, exploring magic, mystery and folk tales – with concerts taking place in the usual array of venues across the Chilterns, including Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Berkhamsted, Great Missenden, Dorchester-on-Thames, Princes Risborough and Wendover.
Chiltern Arts starts the season on the weekend of 25-26 February with two outstanding concerts and a family workshop. The award-winning choir Tenebrae open the season in Dorchester Abbey on 25 February with an enchanting programme of music inspired by the solstices; and in Henley-on-Thames the following day, experience the stunning combination of the sound of voices and saxophones performing baroque and renaissance music, alongside the world premiere of a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ cantata In Windsor Forest. Earlier in the day on the Saturday, families can join Eboracum Baroque as they explore Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s book Four Seasons in One Day with live performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and the opportunity to create some beautiful artwork too.
And later in the year, for a week in May, the Chilterns becomes home to more world-class musicians, including the Albion String Quartet, the celebrated duo Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, the soprano duo Fair Oriana, guitarist Sean Shibe and the City of London Sinfonia.
Tickets are on sale at chilternarts.com. Chiltern Arts are also encouraging local businesses of all shapes and sizes to take part in our Fringe Festival through April and May – whether it’s through a window display, a themed menu or mischievous sprites appearing in your product displays, use your imagination and help create a magical world for the Chilterns next year.
Request your brochure, find out more, enter the competitions, join the Fringe Festival and buy tickets at chilternarts.com
FESTIVAL WEEKEND: 25–26 FEBRUARY 2022
Tenebrae: Sounds of the Solstice
Friday 25 February 2022, 7.30pm
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames
Story Orchestra Family Workshop
Saturday 26 February 2022, 10am
Chantry House, St Mary’s Church, Henley-on-Thames
Corvus Consort & Ferio Saxophone Quartet
Saturday 26th February 2022, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Henley-on-Thames
FESTIVAL WEEK: 14–21 MAY 2022
Vaughan Williams & his Swedish Contemporary: Choral Discovery Day & Concert
Saturday 14 May 2022, 10am (Discovery Day) / 3.30pm (Concert)
St Mary’s Church, Princes Risborough
Albion String Quartet: Light and Shadows
Saturday 14 May 2022, 7.30pm
St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
Sunday 15 May 2022, 5pm
Archer Recital Hall, Wycombe Abbey
Brahms Horn Trio: Fairytales and Lifesize Gods
Monday 16 May 2022, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten): Colourscape Collective
Tuesday 17 May 2022, 12.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Wendover
Fancies, Toyes and Dreams: Connaught Brass
Wednesday 18 May 2022, 12.30pm
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hughenden
Sean Shibe: Folk Tales and Fantasy / Concert & Dinner
Tuesday 17 May 2022, 7pm
The Gatsby, Berkhamsted
Catrin Finch (harp) & Seckou Keita (kora)
Thursday 19th May 2022, 7.30pm
Christchurch Centre, Henley-on-Thames
Fair Oriana: Silver Baroque
Friday 20 May 2022, 7.30pm
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden
City of London Sinfonia / Midsummer Music: A Fantasy of Words and Music
Saturday 21 May 2022, 7.30pm
All Saints’ Church, Marlow