David Matthews has an over 30-year association with Little Missenden and is the Festival’s patron. Nineteen of his works, some of which were commissioned by us, have previously been performed in the Church.
In 2023 we’re delighted that he’ll be with us in person to celebrate his 80th birthday. On the afternoon of Saturday 7th October we’ll be showing Barrie Gavin’s new film portrait of David, and then enjoy his personal reflections in a conversation with Thomas Hyde. In the evening the Carducci Quartet and Clare Hammond will perform his Piano Quintet.
"Some time ago I described Little Missenden as 'England's best-kept secret festival', and that still seems to sum it up rather well. Every year there are unusual concerts of a very high standard played to discerning and highly appreciative audiences, who are not afraid of contemporary music. I look forward to many more visits, and hope that the Festival will never lose its spirit of adventure."
Works performed at the Festival
David Matthews & Sarah-Jane Bradley (Oct 2018)