Glossop Music Festival (a charity and Company Limited by Guarantee legally known as Glossop Concert Society) promotes high quality classical music in Glossop and the High Peak. Each year it usually comprises a week-long Summer Festival in June and three Chamber Music Recitals held through the winter and spring. The Glossop Music Festival concert programmes bring together some of the country's finest chamber ensembles, international soloists and orchestral players, many of whom are leading lights in the UK’s major orchestras, to perform in the Parish Church, Old Glossop.

It was originally formed in 2013 by Tom Elliott, now the Festival’s President, and his close friend from Royal Academy of Music days, concert pianist Viv McLean, now Vice-President.

The Festival has developed a strong educational programme, working with local schools providing masterclasses, workshops and schools’ concerts. The June Festival usually comprises a family concert, choral workshop with the Hallé choral staff, a coffee concert, a free "pop-up" gig in a local pub, and culminates in two full orchestral concerts.

It has been supported by a strong group of Friends and also benefits from sponsorship from local businesses, whose support is vital. The Festival has received Arts Council backing together with grants from other generous Foundations.

The Festival is run by a team of local professional musicians, Benjamin Powell, Emma Dixon and Rachel Whibley, led by soprano Claire Surman.





Glossop, UK