Nineteen years ago conductor William Lacey and festival Music Director Adrian Brendel gave a chamber music concert for friends at Plush. The warm response inspired the development of Plush Festival, now an annual concert series with a passionate following. Concerts take place in St. Johns, restored from dereliction in 1992 and transformed into a performance space. The acoustics are ideal for chamber music and solo recitals, with a focused and full bodied sound for live recordings.
The musicians stay and rehearse in the manor house, home to pianist Alfred Brendel. In this inspiring environment they can immerse themselves in works with time. Over the past decade the music of some 80 composers have been performed by over 140 musicians from around the world, including premiere’s of contemporary works by Harrison Birtwistle and Kit Armstrong.
The festival is committed to showcasing new music, for solo to larger ensemble works. By combining Bach with Birtwistle, or Kurtag, Bartok and Beethoven, our programmes embrace classic and modern repertoire alike. Alongside concerts the festival offers an education project for young musicians and free events including pre-concert talks and open rehearsals; a chance for audiences to meet the musicians and expand their understanding of the composers and their works.
Plush Festival is all about great music, making new friends and welcoming familiar faces. The festival is a charity and we strive to keep ticket prices low, with priority booking for those who join our Friends and Patrons membership schemes.