We are delighted to inform you that we have just been awarded charitable status. It's been hard work and taken a long time but we've finally got it! It means that we can now start applying for some real funding to ensure the future of the festival.
This year's festival starts on 24th June and runs until 8th July. We are following a Russian theme this year to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
Unbelievable as it seems, this year is also the tenth anniversary of the Maldon Festival. By a quirk of chance, the St Peter's Singers (now re-named Chorus Anglicanum) sang Rachmaninov's Vespers in the first season. They are returning this year to open the festival with the same piece on 24th June.
Other highlights include a return visit by the Stanford Quartet (last with us in 2010), playing Borodin's stunning second string quartet; Christopher Weston playing Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a showing of Battleship Potemkin with live organ accompaniment, Rachmaninov's 'cello sonata, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in Chelmsford Cathedral and a visit by Joe Stilgoe and his band. There is much, much more and full details will be available on the website shortly.