Happy New Year!

Dear Fans and Friends of the AMF, 
 
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
 
As we look forward to 2017 I wanted to take a moment to look back at the Ashdown Music Festival 2016. 
 
We had a wonderful and unique three days at the start of November with a series of musical experiences that excited and I hope inspired our audiences. Our Opening Concert offered a gentle beginning to the weekend with a programme of solo and chamber music featuring English Pianist Sam Armstrong. We upped the pace on Saturday with a lively and noisy goose-themed crafting hour that preceded our hugely popular and packed-out Family Concert featuring the entertaining and engaging Magnard Ensemble. That afternoon we travelled back in time to a Baroque world of exquisite beauty and energy safe in the hands of the exceptional Brook Street Band. Our Gala featured an effervescent and crystalline Mozart concerto by top violinist Martyn Jackson and the dynamically delivered Walton by the 12 Ensemble. I of course also took on Mr. Haydn and relished every minute: I hope you did too. 
 
Take a look at our Photos page to see pictures from across the weekend. 
 
As many of you know, I am currently thinking carefully over the next steps for the AMF: thank you to those who have completed and returned our survey. If you have not yet responded we really would value your feedback and ideas. I will be in touch in due course to let you all know how we will move forward. 
 
In the meantime wishing you all well and may music fill the Bleak Midwinter! 
Reinoud Ford, Director
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