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Summer 2023 Reviews

18/07/2023

We’re very proud of the excellent reviews our 2023 summer season has attracted from leading music critics.

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Thaxted Festival launches with Young Musician of the Year

14/03/2023

Thaxted Parish Church welcomed BBC Young Musician of the Year Jordan Ashman at the launch of the 2023 Thaxted Festival.

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2023 Launch Reception

05/03/2023

Artistic Director Andrew Jenkins will present our 2023 season with wine and light refreshments. Open exclusively to Thaxted Music Lovers.

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Developing Artists Programme

20/11/2022

Thaxted Festival is delighted to announce the launch of its Developing Artists Programme.

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The Brodsky Quartet – the Formative Years

23/07/2022

Founder member Jacqueline Thomas tells the story of The Brodsky Quartet’s first 10 years in a new book.

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Zeb Soanes, the new voice at Classic FM

29/06/2022

We’re delighted to announce that Zeb Soanes, our Thaxted Festival Patron, will soon be presenting Classic FM’s Smooth Classics at Seven.

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Orchestra in Residence

15/06/2022

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the London Mozart Players as Orchestra In Residence from this year.

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Visiting Thaxted and north-west Essex

25/05/2022

Thaxted and its surrounding villages and towns have much to offer for visits lasting from just an hour or two, to days out and short breaks.

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Volunteering with Thaxted Festival

31/03/2022

Thaxted Festival depends on volunteers for its successful smooth operation. Could you be part of our friendly Festival community?

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Launch Recital and Reception

06/03/2022

Our 2022 season was launched on Sunday 6 March with a recital by exciting young musicians Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin) and Ben Tarlton (cello).

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“[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.”
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