The first Chobham Flower & Music Festival was in 1973 and it was reprised in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977. Some years were to pass before Chobham enjoyed a third Festival of Flowers & Music, in September 1994 – a fundraiser to help renovate the Church Hall at the Parish Church of St Lawrence.
Since then there has been an annual Music Festival, combined every third year with a Flower Festival.
Although we make a regular financial gift to the church, and St Lawrence continues to provide a wonderful backdrop for our concerts, the festival has grown into a whole village, not just a church event. And, it is now much more about bringing something special to the life of Chobham than it is about fundraising.
Classical music concerts in St Lawrence have included such glorious music as Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’, Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and ‘Fireworks Music’, Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Fauré’s Requiem, Chopin piano masterpieces, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Elgar’s Serenade and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
And music events of various genres, including jazz, brass band, barbershop, country and a number of pop tributes, have sold out at other local venues.
Literary, art and children’s events, including the Schools’ Prom, which brings local schools together, have also been an important part of Chobham Festival enriching local arts, music and community.