Spanning eleven days of performances, talks, masterclasses, guided walks and educational projects, HFoM 2019 promises to be an inspirational midsummer celebration of world-class music making held in the historic and attractive surroundings of Hertfordshire, only twenty or so miles from central London but surrounded by glorious countryside.

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Our Principal Artist this year is one of the most famous musicians of our times, the celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis, who has dreamed-up the Festival’s theme of ‘Greetings and Farewells’, which contrasts the earliest works of great composers with their final thoughts.

For the first time at HFoM we welcome an outstanding professional orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan, to perform Haydn and more in the fabulous acoustic of All Saints’ Church. We will also welcome to perform in the same building a remarkable chamber ensemble formed by Steven Isserlis with Anthony Marwood (violin) Dénes Várjon and Izabella Simon (piano) Irène Duval (violin) and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola).

We’re also delighted to bring a diverse range of ensembles, soloists and genres to inspire our audiences, including ZRI, aptly described by Robert Hugill as “...Hungarian pub tunes, Jewish Klezmer dances…great fun, a wonderfully unlikely but intoxicating mix…”, the period instruments of Ensemble DeNote, Hertfordshire's own Tim Thorpe (principal French Horn of BBC National Orchestra Wales), the Eblana String Trio, pianist Florian Mitrea, composer and jazz pianist Adam Saunders, and many more.

The full programme of events will be published on this website during February and tickets will be on sale from April. We look forward to welcoming you.