About Us

Since 1993 Chobham Festival has been bringing diverse music, art, theatre and cultural events and glorious flower festivals to Chobham to delight and entertain the village. The event is organised by a team of volunteers. If you would like to be part of it in anyway – helping with publicity, catering, stewarding, setting up chairs and tables, running the bar at various events or simply contributing ideas – do get in touch. Email chobhamfestivalnews@outlook.com or call 01276 857914.

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Friends of Chobham Festival

You can support the festival by becoming a Friend for £15 a year.

Friends receive an annual newsletter and can book tickets two weeks before the general box office opens. They are also invited to an special annual Friends event.

If you would like to join, please call Clare Reed on 01276 858143.

Festival Director Dale Chambers

Dale Chambers studied the viola with Roger Best (Alberni Quartet) and Christopher Wellington (Rasumovsky Quartet) whilst at Surrey University and later at The Royal College of Music, where he was also trained on the Opera Course at the Britten Pears Theatre. 

He performs with many of the major orchestras in the UK, including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as singing with the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and touring with period music ensembles, such as the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. All of this is in addition to his work as Head of Strings at The Royal Grammar School in Guildford. 

As a conductor, he has directed several choirs including The Guildford Singers, Stoneleigh Choral Society and several of the Leith Hill Festival Choirs. He has been musical director of the Chobham Festival for over 20 years. 

As an educationalist, Dale has been chair of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) and been involved in high profile outreach projects nurturing a love of string playing in primary school children in the Guildford area. 

Dale plays on a modern 1983 viola by the well-known Nottingham-based maker, Wilfred Saunders and a Joseph Hill violin made in London in 1776

St Lawrence Church

The Parish Church of St Lawrence is at the heart of the village and of the festival, hosting the classical concerts and many other events. It is the oldest and one of the most beautiful buildings in the borough of Surrey Heath and also the borough’s only Grade 1 listed building.
The fine music that the festival brings to Chobham every year is a marvellous way to enjoy the beauty of this historic place.
Visit St Lawrence Church at www.chobhamchurch.co.uk

Other venues

Other venues have included Chobham Village Hall, Chobham Club, St Lawrence School, the old Flexlands Prep School, Pasha Coffee Shop and Gordon’s School at West End. In 2018, we will be holding events at two new festival venues, St Saviour Church at Valley End and Chobham Rugby Club while The Red Lion pub is holding a fringe music event.

That’s what you call being inclusive!

Thank You to our Sponsors

Knight Frank

Festival Concert sponsor

ROWAN BENTALL CHARITABLE TRUST
SPONSORS THE CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS

Website, photography and brochure

The Festival Website is designed and developed by Nicholas Young at Reaper Enterprises
Nicholas also provides many of the photographs from festival events. See more Chobham Festival images from over the years at Nicholas Young & Co Photography and at www.chobham.net.

The festival brochure is designed and produced by Richard Jordan at The Advertising Centre.

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Photography

Festival concert and event photography by Nicholas Young & Co Photography (unless specified).