Music, Visual Arts, Talks & Film

Every year in September and October.
Now in its 57th year

Message from the Festival Chairman

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

We are already in the process of organising the 57th Wooburn Festival which will take place in September and October 2024,  and we are pleased to be able to say that our 56th Festival in 2023 was a joy to arrange and was exceptionally well received. We were proud to have booked yet another member of the famous Kanneh-Mason family, namely Jeneba who gave a not to be missed Piano Recital.

The Internationally renowned Heath Quartet returned by popular demand. Craig Ogden, the exciting Classical Guitarist, ‘A worthy successor to Julian Bream’ joined with David Juritz, violin and Milos Milivojevic, accordion, to form The London Tango Trio, taking the audience on an exuberant 300 year musical tour into the world of traditional Tango.  Barefoot Opera returned to present a Gala performance of opera favourites which was uniquely performed for Wooburn.

The Festival opened with our traditional Jazz Supper and featured Claire Martin, a multi award winning jazz vocalist who was joined by Jim Mullen, guitar, Jeremy Brown, bass and Steve Brown on drums.  Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra gave a Chamber Concert at All Saints Church in Maidenhead playing music by Gabrieli, Gounod and Britten.

No Festival would be complete without our stunning week long Visual Arts Exhibition, and this year was no exception and featured the renowned letter sculptor Annet Stirling.

We had two talks. Firstly ‘Mary Does Marlow on Tour’ celebrated Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein and Marlow resident) and some of the history of our wider local area and secondly ‘Gauguin and Myth – A Family Perspective’ by Mette Gauguin about her great grandfather Paul were not to be missed! A guided tour of Dorney Court, renowned for its architectural importance and historical significance, provided a fascinating morning.  This proved so popular we had to organise two additional tours to cater for the demand.

Our 2023 programme was completed with The Wooburn Singers Come and Sing day and evening Choral Concert, our Film Night screened award winning “Corsage”, and our Monday Lunchtime Concerts at All Saints Church in High Wycombe.

Considering the amazing, famous and talented line up, we had an unmissable Wooburn Festival.


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