2022 The Best Year Yet!

Whittington has established itself as one of the best small festivals in the country, and this year was an artistic triumph. Here is a selection of comments from audience members and one of the musicians:

Flyer brought us in and we moored our narrow boat and walked from the canal! The quality and commitment of performers and clever programming was wonderful. We loved the Schubert programme and the way the context and background of the music was so sensitively and interestingly woven in by Sophia. Schwanengesang was an unforgettable tour de force by Mr Padmore.
Can’t believe concerts were not all full. Fantastic! Thank you
Lovely informal atmosphere. Great musicians.
The programming and the outstanding quality of performance. The sheer joy of the performers was infectious. Thank you.
Brilliantly organised. A total success. Brilliantly organized with some amazing performances in a beautiful building
Wonderful, varied, engaging programme. Lovely to see younger artists.
Programming is superb. Love the female music director.
The warmth, excitement and joy of the contributors at all levels was wonderful and enhanced the experience even more.
The jazz was a great addition.
The concert was fantastic. Thank you.
All the concerts were excellent. They should have been a sell-out. Sophia Rahman is an exceptional person and you are very lucky to have her.
Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the informal presentation and superb musicians
Playing at Whittington Festival 2022 and 2021 has been a career highlight for me. The atmosphere is unique, and the musical standard unparalleled. There is time to rehearse in depth for the concerts, with colleagues who love and care for the music. The concerts themselves are inspiring – repertoire which is a creative mixture of familiar and new, played to a warm, appreciative audience in beautiful surroundings. What’s not to love?!

Helen Keen, flute (former Principal Piccolo, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)


Overall, audiences were much smaller than expected, as was our income, and although numbers increased as word spread about how good the music was, we did lose money. If you value the festival, please support us by becoming a Friend or Patron. Rates are unchanged and you can find the application form here https://www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk/support-us-friends-scheme/
We need to do better next year, so if you were one of the people who intended to come but didn’t, or if you decided not to, please use this very brief questionnaire to tell us what put you off. It only has four questions and will take two minutes to complete.

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And finally…

Next year’s festival will be from Thursday May 18th to Sunday May 22nd. There will be three evening and two lunchtime or afternoon concerts. We are thrilled that the celebrated baritone Roderick Williams will be singing on the Saturday and Sunday. Details of the full programme will be released next month.