The Hertfordshire Festival of Music is an annual summer celebration of classical music, based in the historic and attractive county town of Hertford during the warmth and long days of June.


Hertford is just over twenty miles from central London, easy to get to by rail and road,  and nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Lea Valley. 

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Tom Hammond, Co-Artistic Director 

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James Francis Brown, Co-Artistic Director 

Hertford concerts generally take place within a ten minute stroll of the town's centre which boasts excellent restaurants, many independent shops and accommodation for those who'd like to take advantage of the many events held over the weekends of the Festival. The Festival also takes in other locations in the county - so far performances and projects have also taken place in Hitchin, St Albans, Stevenage, Hertingfordbury and Watford.


HFoM exists to celebrate and nurture exceptional music-making, featuring some of the world's finest performers. The Festival also supports professional and young musicians from Hertfordshire, presents fascinating music by living composers, and devises major, innovative projects for education and participation.


Founded in 2016, the Festival has presented concerts that have inspired extraordinary audience responses to artists such as Tasmin Little OBE, Dame Emma Kirkby, Stephen Hough CBE, Steven Isserlis CBE, the Carducci Quartet, the Galliard Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Swan. The Festival also celebrates a Featured Living Composer each year, which has led to audiences discovering the music of Matthew Taylor, Alan Mills, Peter Fribbins and Stephen Hough.



HFoM is fortunate to receive the support of Arts Council England and a number of charitable trusts and foundations, county, district and town councils, while a growing Friends Scheme allows individuals to play an important role in furthering the Festival’s scope and potential.


The Festival is the vision of conductor Tom Hammond and composer James Francis Brown, and is registered as a charity supported by a board of Trustees and a team of volunteers.