Shaldon Festival

Registered Charity No. 1118828

                                                                 

President: Eileen (Croxford) Parkhouse

"It is so rare to have wonderful hospitality, a large warm generous audience, stunning scenery and also a fine acoustic and the Shaldon Festival has all these in abundance."

Richard Jenkinson, Innovation Chamber Ensemble (Strings from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
June 2011

A registered charity with a small committee of dedicated volunteers, Shaldon Festival celebrated its 27th season from 16-19 June 2016.  Plans are well ahead for next year's festival which will take place in St Peter's Church, Shaldon, from 22-25 June 2017.

Background

Eileen_and_David_Photo_cropped.JPGShaldon’s festival of classical music began as a memorial concert to celebrate the life of David Parkhouse who was born in Teignmouth and lived latterly in Shaldon.  David was professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.  He and his wife, Eileen Croxford (cellist), were founder members of the Music Group of London, performing both in the UK and internationally over a period spanning four decades. The original concert in 1990 proved so successful that it was decided to make it an annual event based at Shaldon Parish Church.  Over the last twenty five years, it has grown into a four-day festival drawing audiences from all over Devon and, indeed, from further afield.  In view of its ongoing success, it was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Festival Award 2007.

The overall aim of the Festival is to provide first rate professionally-performed classical music at affordable prices. Keeping prices low is particularly important to encourage access to all concerts. This includes concessions for students. We are indebted to the many people who loyally support the Festival every year, and we are reaching out to the younger generation by offering free tickets to accompanied children and organising workshops for primary school pupils. 

In recent years, we have encouraged up-and-coming performers by :
o    dedicating one concert each year to a group of Junior musicians
o    providing a platform for the most recent Parkhouse Award Ensemble,
o    engaging one or two young soloists to perform with established professionals. 
The regular Choral Workshop day also offers amateur singers the opportunity to work with first class conductors.

Shaldon is a small coastal village in South Devon between Teignmouth and Torquay. The Concerts make an important contribution to Shaldon’s economy by attracting visitors to the village.  There are few opportunities nearby to hear concerts with artists of such musical standing and the Festival has become an important feature for those who wish to hear good-quality, live, classical music. 

Past Performers have included:
Guy Johnston, Brian Kay, Emma Kirkby, Lara Melda, Jennifer Pike, Sir Neville Marriner, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Raphael Wallfisch, Sir David Willcocks, Bath Philharmonia, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, London Winds, Richard Studt and the Sinfonietta, The Devon Baroque Orchestra, The Ten Tors Orchestra, The Chilingirian Quartet, The Allegri String Quartet, The Fauré Quartet, The Grieg Trio, Chethams School of Music, The Royal College of Music Junior Department, The Yehudi Menuhin School.