The 17th annual English Music Festival (EMF) returns to Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire from 24 May to 27 May 2024. 

This year the festival will celebrate anniversaries of two of Britain’s greatest composers: the centenary of Charles Villiers Stanford and the sesquicentennial of Gustav Holst.

The opening concert, given by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Conductor Martin Yates (pictured above), will feature Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Michael Collins, and Holst’s ‘Cotswold’ Symphony. 

Vaughan Williams’s ‘Richard II’ Concert Fantasy is given a World Premiere, alongside works by Doreen Carwithen and Frederick Delius. Orchestral, chamber and choral concerts continue throughout the weekend.

The English Music Festival celebrates the brilliance, innovation, beauty and rich musical heritage of Britain with a strong focus on unearthing overlooked or forgotten masterpieces of the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. 

For details of the full programme visit the EMF website. Tickets go on sale in March.