About Thaxted Festival

With its origins in Gustav Holst’s 1916 Whitsun Festival, Thaxted Festival continues to offer a unique musical experience. It attracts the very best of British and international musicians, in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber and vocal music to jazz, folk, big-band and popular standards, from early music to contemporary compositions. Audiences and performers alike enjoy the superb acoustics and uplifting architecture of Thaxted's spacious Parish Church and appreciate the relaxed, informal atmosphere of our events.​ ​Events for younger audiences, and educational projects with local schools, also form an important part of the Festival's activity.

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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!​

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"The quality of the musicianship is always excellent … I am prepared to go beyond my usual musical boundaries and have yet to be disappointed."

"A world-class experience with the added enjoyment of tea and cake in the interval."

"We like the diverse range of music and performers. We are lucky to have such high quality performers in a fantastic setting so close to home. Thank you!"

"It is a fantastic festival with people travelling from far and wide … a great annual event for Thaxted to be proud of."

"It was a brilliant evening … thought the quality superb. I will definitely be booking again."

2020 concerts

Thaxted Festival concerts

See full details of our 2020 concerts along with photos & videos of the performers. Read more >

Music Lovers

Thaxted Festival Music Lovers scheme

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Booking info

Thaxted Festival booking information

All you need to know about securing your place at this year's Thaxted Festival. Read more >