5 to 14 May 2022
Investec International Music Festival (formerly the Surrey Hills Music Festival and supported by Investec) brings world-class artists to perform in beautiful venues in the Surrey Hills, in early May each year. The 2022 season sees the festival celebrating the strong Surrey connections of Ralph Vaughan Williams who grew up, went to school and lived for many of his later years in the area. The programme runs from 5-14 May in venues across the Surrey Hills area including RVW’s school Charterhouse, Leith Hill and RHS Garden Wisley, and includes performances by Sitkovetsky Trio, Gary Hoffman & Wu Qian, Modigliani Quartet and Michael Collins & Friends, as well as walks, talks and young artist performances. See https://tickets.iimf.co.uk for full details and online booking.
After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, festival founders Wu Qian and Tessa Marchington were keen to bring their musician friends back home to the area where they both grew up, to fill the Surrey Hills with the sound of music. In 2010 they founded the Festival with three days of concerts given by artists including Nicola Benedetti and Lucy Crowe, and over the last decade, the Festival has developed to encompass two weekends each May and welcomed many great artists including Dame Sarah Connolly (Festival Patron), Natalie Clein, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Rysanov, The English Concert, The London Mozart Players and many other eminent international artists and conductors.
Now in its 13th season, the Festival is going from strength to strength, presenting the highest calibre concerts in beautiful and intimate venues which create a wonderful sense of closeness to the performers and to their music. A warm spirit of friendship and enthusiasm exists amongst audience members at concerts, and the Festival is enormously grateful to have such a loyal and supportive community returning year after year. In fact, why go to Vienna, Paris, New York or even London when you can see international stars in the Surrey Hills?