The Shipley Arts Festival


The Shipley Arts Festival – celebrating 21 years

Over the past 20 years the Shipley Arts Festival has inspired, connected and brought local communities, business, youth music and respected gifted musicians together through musical innovation. This outstanding festival has grown to become a highly regarded classical music festival and in 2020 was proud to boast an audience signing in from all over the world as it continued its programme of events via Zoom.

Bernardi Music Group at Knepp Castle

The Shipley Arts Festival’s true spirit has always been to embrace and join communities through music. Launching on 31st January and running through to the end of November, the festival is celebrating its 21st year with an unrivalled programme of events, where once again the melding of arts, Sussex heritage and music will be performed in some of the county’s most delightful venues, ranging from beautiful small village churches through to larger estate residences.

Bernardi Music Group performing in village churchyard

Nationally renowned, this classical music festival brings innovative performances from the Bernardi Music Group, their Stradivarius Trio, the String Academy Youth Orchestra and solo performances from internationally renowned Andrew Bernardi; whilst also connecting music professionals, composers, and talented young musicians from across the county and around the world.

Festival-goers applaud The String Academy Youth Orchestra at the festival launch at Sedgwick Park, January 2020

And, widely recognised for its commissioning of new music to showcase and enhance the exciting and eclectic Shipley Arts Festival’s programme of events, along with the orchestration of events in collaboration with sponsors such as Nytimber Wines, you can be certain that this year’s 21st celebratory festival will not disappoint.

Stradivarius Trio: Andrew Bernardi, Maria Marchant and Jonathan Few, photography by Sir Charles Burrell

Priority booking, along with unique and exclusive opportunities can be secured through membership to the Friends of Shipley Arts Festival, so take a look at or email for more details about the upcoming 2021 celebratory programme or information on membership packages.

The Shipley Arts Festival is delighted to be working closely with their sponsors Tooveys, Nyetimber, Kreston Reeves, Wakefields, NFU Mutual and YuYaun Arts.

[pictured at top: Bernardi Music Group at Knepp Castle, photo by Malcolm Green]

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