Tickets and Festival Passes cannot be refunded except on cancellation of an event by The English Music Festival for reasons within its reasonable control. All sales are final.
The English Music Festival shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performance of its obligations arising out of or caused, directly or indirectly, by circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God; earthquakes; fires; floods; wars; civil or military disturbances; acts of terrorism; sabotage; strikes; pandemics; epidemics; riots; power failures; computer failure and any such circumstances beyond its reasonable control as may cause interruption, loss or malfunction of utility, transportation, computer (hardware or software) or telephone communication service; accidents; labour disputes; acts of civil or military authority; governmental actions; or inability to obtain labour, material, equipment or transportation.
For the avoidance of doubt, The English Music Festival regrets that tickets and Festival Passes cannot be refunded in the event of force majeure as defined in Paragraph 1.2.1.; neither, under such circumstances, shall it be liable for the reimbursement, either in full or in part, of the costs of travel or accommodation arrangements made by Festival patrons, whether or not tickets or Festival Passes have already been purchased.
The Festival reserves the right to refuse admission of the ticket holder to all Festival concert premises.
Late-comers will only be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.
Photography and the use of any video or audio recording equipment are strictly prohibited.
Tickets are sold subject to the Festival’s right to make any alterations to the artists, programme or any other advertised arrangements.
All tickets and discounts are subject to availability.
Dorchester Abbey is primarily a place of worship. It is not a concert hall, although it provides a wonderful setting for performances. Sound is generally good, but vision is restricted in some areas. Seating is unreserved so it is suggested that you arrive in good time for performances. The Festival cannot guarantee to provide patrons holding tickets with particular seats.
The same comments apply to performances at All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay.
Should the number of those attending any concert exceed the number of seats available at the venue the Festival reserves the right to turn away those without tickets. Seats will however be retained for those holding Festival Passes until ten minutes before the concert is due to start when they may be reallocated.
Ticket orders will be posted by first-class mail within a few working days of the order being processed. Please check your tickets as soon as they arrive.
Tickets ordered after the published closing date for posting will be held at the Box Office for collection.
In order to fulfil its contractual obligations relating to ticket sales, The English Music Festival maintains an electronic database of contact details and ticket information relating to its patrons. This information will not be shared or otherwise distributed without consent. This practice is within the guidelines of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
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Thank you to all who made the 2021 May Festival such a success: to all those at St Mary’s Church and the Drill Hall in Horsham for hosting the concerts and events and for their invaluable help and advice before and during the Festival; to the artists, for their superbly emotive and engaging performances of some wonderful music; to all those volunteers who assisted with general administration, staffing the Box Office, stage-managing and stewarding, and without whose help running the Festival “on the ground” would simply not be possible; and, of course, to our audiences, whose financial and moral support means so much to us and to our musicians as we work together to re-start live music-making.

With the artists’ permission, some of the concerts at the Festival were filmed, as were the talks; and we expect to have these ready for viewing on this website in late June or early July. We will be making a modest charge for access — this is to cover the costs of production and also to enable us to pay a royalty to the performers. More details will be available soon.

Join us on Saturday 10 July for a day of concerts in the glorious surroundings of Truro Cathedral, with a violin-and-piano recital including sonatas by Elgar and Parry alongside Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending; a concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of Cornish composer Judith Bailey; and an evening choral concert with works by Elgar, Parry, Stanford and Tallis. The full programme is available here; and tickets can be purchased through our online Box Office.

If you would like more details about our Friends’ Scheme, please follow this link to our ‘Friends’ Scheme’ page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.