WORLD CLASS MUSIC IN THE HEART OF DEVON
Set in and around the picturesque Whiddon Parishes of northern Dartmoor, the Whiddon Autumn Festival 2022 sees nine events packed into four days, including choral performances, chamber music, solo song, education work and community participation events, with a dazzling line-up of young artists, all curated by local-born Artistic Director Freddie Crowley.
“Relaxed, unhurried and welcoming … It felt as if we were part of something new and different arising from within this beautiful corner of rural Devon.”
— The Moorlander (2021)
Ensemble-in-Residence the Corvus Consort is joined by special guest artist the acclaimed Ferio Saxophone Quartet, fresh from the release of their new collaborative album ‘Revoiced’ on Chandos Records. Young star pianist Harry Baker performs throughout the festival, including presenting a virtuosic jazz night with his very own Harry Baker Trio, also joined on the night by WAF’s resident Festival String Quartet.
Composer-in-Residence Anna Semple has been commissioned to compose two brand new works to feature in the Festival, including a setting of words by renowned poet Alice Oswald, which offers local schoolchildren and participants in our Come&Sing workshop the opportunity to perform alongside our professional artists in the Festival Finale concert.
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked via our Events page.
WAF is committed to inclusion and accessibility of our events, offering free entry to U25s for all the Festival’s principal concerts, as well as discounted tickets for those claiming Universal Credit.
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.
Founded in 2021, WAF takes place in and around the historic Whiddon Parishes of northern Dartmoor. Please visit our Festival Archive to find out more about all the events that took place during our inaugural Festival in September 2021.
Growing from our initial three-day Festival, designed to work within the Covid restrictions that were still in place back in 2021, WAF will be gradually expanded in the coming years to include more events with a wider variety of musical genres and styles, and aims to become a cornerstone of Devon’s cultural calendar.