Chobham Festival brings diverse music, art, theatre and cultural events and glorious flower festivals to delight and entertain our Surrey village.
The event is organised for the community 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, selling programmes or running the bar at various events – please do get in touch – call 01276 858143 or email email@example.com.
Chobham Festival is a not-for-profit group with a mission to bring superb music and great entertainment to the village at affordable prices so events are accessible to as many people as possible.
We particularly want to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate music. Tickets for under 16s for the classical concerts are all half price. The Schools’ Prom brings together students from Valley End Infants, St Lawrence Primary and Gordon’s School for a joint concert showcasing their talents. Children’s participation is also an important element of the Songs of Praise.
We usually make a donation each year to the parish church and have, from time to time, been able to support other projects – our flower festival in 2016, for instance, donated £2,000 to the St Lawrence Tower Appeal.
How it all started
There was a Chobham Flower & Music Festival back in 1973 and a second was staged in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977. But it was in 1994 that Chobham enjoyed the first of what have become yearly events.
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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
Festival with soul
As well as celebrating the wonderful church buildings in Chobham, the festival also embraces the spiritual life of the church, with the parish Harvest Festival Service included as part of the programme. The festival draws to a close each year with a rousing Songs of Praise service at St Lawrence Church.
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
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.
Festival concert and event photography by Nicholas Young & Co Photography (unless specified).