22 – 29 June 2013
Bradfield is a picturesque village 8 miles north-west of Sheffield city centre, and is within the boundary of the Peak District National Park. The Parish Church of St Nicholas, where the concerts take place, is a spectacular medieval, Grade 1 listed building blessed with excellent acoustics – it is featured in a recently published book on the 100 best churches in Britain.
The Bradfield Festival of Music was revived in 1998 – evidence from the Bradfield Parish archives shows that a music festival was held in the St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield, Sheffield on Whit Monday in 1813, 1825 and 1835. The revived festival is now a week-long event, held during the last full week of June.
The Association is a registered charity and the Festival Trustees aim to bring to this rural part of Sheffield a variety of musicians that includes professional artists with a national reputation, as well as the best of local amateur groups. Where possible opportunities are provided for young musicians to perform in public and the Trustees fund a Young Musicians Award Scheme in collaboration with Sheffield School’s Music Service.
Following the revival the Festival was awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative award in 1999, 2003 and again in 2007.
Julian Lloyd Webber is the Festival’s President and he says: “I love to visit Bradfield and its surrounding beautiful countryside. St Nicholas’ Church stands in a glorious setting and, when the Church is packed with people, the acoustics are wonderful and a special, intimate atmosphere is created for the musicians.”
The maximum audience for the venue is 300 and, whilst this is a small festival in comparison to others, many well-known artists have appeared including including Julian Lloyd Webber, Emma Johnson, Tasmin Little, Nicola Benedetti, Pascal Rogé, Benjamin Frith, Lindsay String Quartet, Wihan String Quartet, Dante String Quartet, Benjamin Grosvenor, Elizabeth Watts and John Lenehan.
Historically 2013 is the Festival’s 900th Anniversary and this year’s line-up of artists reflects the importance of this celebration.
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