Having to cancel this year’s Festival was the hardest decision the Festival Committee has ever had to make. With a wonderful programme already in place, it was such a huge disappointment to have to draw to a halt the preparations and cancel our much-loved festival.

 As we all know only too well, we are living in very strange times and in many ways cancelling the Festival was nothing compared with the personal losses and unhappiness many people have had to face during the Covid pandemic.  Losing the Festival, which is such a keenly anticipated fixture in the Sherborne summer calendar, only added to the doom and gloom of 2020!

 Currently it is hard to plan for 2021. We do not know which venues, if any, will be open, what size ensembles will be able to perform, or what the social distancing rules will be. However, the Festival Committee is determined to ensure that some events take place next year, and to this end has commissioned a recording of the Iuventus String Quartet, led by our Artistic Adviser Ruth Rogers. 

 You will be able to watch the concert online from November 23rd at 7.00pm and it will be available for 14 days after that. Tickets are priced at £8.00, and are only available by clicking this link: Book tickets; the income from the concert will help us fund our continuing outreach projects in Sherborne, more details of which can be found here https://www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org/charitable-grant. Should this trial be successful, we may well include one or two pre-recorded concerts in the 2021 Festival.

 Should this trial be successful, we may well include one or two pre-recorded concerts in the 2021 Festival.

 Whatever happens next year, we are very hopeful that the Sherborne Abbey Festival will be back in a blaze of glory in 2022! In the meantime, do keep watching our website for news and sign up to our social media channels.

With best wishes

 John Baker

(Chairman, Sherborne Abbey Festival)

 

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