About Thaxted Festival

Taking place in Thaxted’s magnificently spacious Parish Church, Thaxted Festival offers a relaxed atmosphere, the highest standards of performance from renowned professional artists, the superb natural acoustics of Thaxted Church, and a warm welcome in beautiful historic surroundings. Whether you are attending a single performance, making a weekend of it or packing in the entire season, we guarantee you a timeless musical experience!

With its origins in Gustav Holst’s 1916 Whitsun Festival in Thaxted Church, Thaxted Festival attracts the very best of British and international musicians, in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber and vocal music to jazz, folk, big-band and swing, from early music to contemporary styles. Events for younger audiences, and educational projects with schools, have formed an important part of our mission over many years.

2023 Events

Thaxted Festival 2023 took place from 16 June to 9 July. Click below to see full programme details including up-coming Autumn Festival events.


Visit Thaxted, Essex

Thaxted Parish Church has been described as the finest parish church in the country and provides the perfect venue for the Thaxted Festival. The town itself offers hospitality and refreshment, and many scenic picnic opportunities, so that there is nowhere better to enjoy a summer evening of music!​

Many concert-goers make a weekend mini-break of their visit to Thaxted Festival, taking in several concerts in between discovering this lovely part of Essex. Local attractions include the delightful market town of Saffron Walden, the Fry Art Gallery and Audley End House and Gardens.

Thaxted Festival office
Thaxted Festival parish church venue interior
Thaxted Festival parish church venue exterior

Support Us

Thaxted Festival Foundation is registered in England 2101271, limited by guarantee, Charity Registration 296329. We rely on the support of well-wishers and Thaxted Music Lovers to stage our superb concert season in its unique medieval setting.

We warmly welcome any businesses or individuals who wish to contribute to our events. Thaxted Music Lovers enjoy many benefits, including priority booking, alongside the satisfaction of helping Thaxted Festival thrive.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
Thaxted Music Lovers

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Festival News

Keep up with the latest on the 2023 concert programme, tickets & more!