World Class Music in the Heart of Devon
The Whiddon Autumn Festival (WAF) is a new arts festival set to take place every September across the picturesque Whiddon Parishes of North Dartmoor.
Some of the UK’s most talented young musicians converge on this beautiful corner of rural Devon for four days of musical events curated by local-born Artistic Director Freddie Crowley. The programme includes chamber music, solo song, education workshops, community participation events, and choral performances by Ensemble-in-Residence the Corvus Consort.
The Festival has four core aims:
to present world-class live music in a part of the country that so infrequently sees professional classical music performances.
to provide a platform for young musicians in the early stages of their professional careers, particularly at this very difficult time for freelance artists.
to deliver education workshops for local children, encouraging enjoyment & participation in music from an early age, and promoting values of teamwork & collectively through group singing.
to engage and involve the community by holding participatory events which offer local residents the opportunity to join with our professional artists in a collective performance.
WAF is inspired by the success of concerts given by the Corvus Consort to a packed Chagford Church in September 2018 and 2019. These events showed a great enthusiasm in the local community for this type of musical performance and laid the foundation for a larger Festival to take shape.
2021 saw an initial three-day Festival, designed to work within existing Covid restrictions, and with great potential for growth in future stagings. Over the next few years, WAF will be expanded to include more events with a wider variety of musical genres and styles, and aims to become a cornerstone of Devon’s cultural calendar.