Investec International Music Festival

26 March to 16 May

The Investec International Music Festival (formerly the Surrey Hills Music Festival) brings world-class artists to perform in beautiful venues in the Surrey Hills, in early May each year.

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, 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.

2019’s tenth anniversary celebrations included the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Triple Concerto ‘Germinate’, specially commissioned by the Festival for the Sitkovetsky Trio to mark the occasion, plus Nicola Benedetti with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Clare Teal and Tenebrae. 

Now in its eleventh 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? 

Alongside four main concerts, the Festival’s programme also includes talks, guided walks and opportunities for pre-concert dining close to their venues, to encourage concert-goers to come and make the most of the breathtaking Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which it is based.

The 2020 season includes poet Ruth Padel and pianist Wu Qian celebrating Beethoven 250 at Hatchlands Park, lutenist Paula Chateauneuf performing in the historic setting of West Horsley Place’s Stone Hall, cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Wu Qian at The Menuhin Hall, the Modigliani Quartet at Denbies Wine Estate and English Chamber Orchestra with flautist Adam Walker and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas at St Catherine’s School, Bramley.

To buy tickets or for more information please visit Investec International Music Festival
Box Office: 01483 444 334
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