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Glossop Music Festival celebrates 10 years with a selection of world-class events



Glossop Music Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a programme of world-class music this May.

The festival returns 2nd-6th May 2023 and aims to bring the highest quality music to the widest possible audience.

Organisers promise the range of concerts and events being planned will appeal to a large sector of the community.

Leader of the artistic team, Claire Surman said: “We are delighted to be putting on such a wonderful selection of concerts and community events in our tenth anniversary year. 

“The festival has gone from strength to strength in the past decade and we are so grateful to all of our supporters, musicians and audience members for helping us bring such quality music to Glossop.

“We are excited to be honouring King Charles’ coronation in our closing concert and putting on our first candlelight concert which will be absolutely magical in the stunning surroundings of the parish church.

“We hope you can join us!”

Highlights of the 2023 Festival include:


Thursday 4th May 2023


Pop-up gig at Pico Lounge
8pm – 10pm

Pico Lounge, Glossop

Glossop Music Festival musicians will perform a lively pop-up gig. No need to book – just come along, enjoy some food and drink and fantastic music to get the festival started.


Friday 5th May 2023


More Musical Beasts!
5pm – 6pm
St James’ Church, Hollincross Lane, Glossop

For pre-school and primary school children there will be a fun and interactive family concert called More Musical Beasts!

A small group of festival musicians will perform The Ugly Duckling and A Donkey’s Tale in costume and from memory.

Coffee, juice and cakes will be available from 4.30pm.

Adults £10 / children £3 / family tickets available

Baroque By Candlelight
7pm – 9.30pm
All Saints Parish Church, Old Glossop

The Glossop Festival Orchestra perform a magical candlelight concert of baroque music led by virtuoso violinist Sophie Rosa.

Sophie and the orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and a selection of beautiful Baroque pieces by Bach and Purcell.

Tickets £20 (aged 18 and under – free)

Late Night Concert
9.30pm – 10.30pm
All Saints Parish Church, Old Glossop

Local legend Sam Partridge and his all star quintet of folk musicians perform a varied programme exploring the instrumental folk music of England.

Tickets £12 (aged 18 and under – free)


Saturday 6th May 2023


Hallé Community Choral Workshop
3pm – 5pm
St James’ Church, Hollincross Lane, Glossop

Hallé choral leaders will be leading a fun and inspiring singing workshop.

The music will range from classical choral music to contemporary songs and musical theatre!

No prior experience is needed for this fantastic community event.

Tickets £10 (children aged 12-18 free)


Closing Concert
7pm – 9.30pm
All Saints Parish Church, Old Glossop

The Festival Orchestra returns for the closing concert, on the day of King Charles’ coronation.

The programme will include Mozart’s Coronation Piano Concerto performed by festival favourite Viv McLean and conducted by Chloé van Soerterstède who is in demand with orchestras across the world.

Tickets £20 (aged 18 and under – free)


About Glossop Music Festival

Glossop Music Festival was formed in 2013 and has become a much-loved, regular feature in Glossop’s cultural calendar.

It has evolved from the highly successful Glossop Concert Society, which ran for the previous 25 years.

The aim of the festival is to bring the highest quality music to the widest possible audience.

Organiser also host individual chamber concerts throughout the year, together with a week-long summer festival of orchestral concerts, late-night events, an informal pop-up pub gig, a choral workshop with the Hallé and an education programme of workshops and concerts for local schools.

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