Carducci Festival Highnam 19-21st May 2023

We’re so looking forward to returning to Highnam this May to present some wonderful programmes of chamber music alongside events showcasing our work with young musicians. Don’t forget that anyone under 26 can attend the Festival for free thanks to support from the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

There are a few small changes to the format this year, particularly on Sunday 21st May when the Coffee Concert will now take place in Highnam Church, followed by a Festival luncheon in Gambier Parry Hall and then the opportunity to visit Highnam Court gardens.

We’re delighted to have some regular guest artists such as guitarist Craig Ogden and pianist Martin Roscoe, returning for 2023, alongside new faces including Ashok Klouda, cello. As ever, we hope that you’ll enjoy the programmes we’ve put together, featuring some of our all time favourite chamber music.

See you in Highnam!


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Festival programme

Friday 19
th May 2023

From Vienna to Hamburg

7.30pm, Highnam Church

With Martin Roscoe, piano

Mozart String Quartet ‘Hunt’
Schubert 3 Klavierstucke for solo piano 
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor

Tickets from £18 (free tickets for under 26s)

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Saturday 20th May 2023

Sublime Strings

7.30pm, Highnam Church

With Ashok Klouda, cello

Caroline Shaw Entr’acte for String Quartet
Bach Cello Suite No.2 in D minor
Schubert String Quintet in C major

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Sunday 21st May 2023

Coffee Concert: Guitar Classics

11.00am, Highnam Church

with Craig Ogden, guitar

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From 12 noon – Festival lunch – Gambier Parry Hall

2 – 4.30pm – Highnam Court Gardens open


Festival Finale

4.30pm, Highnam Church

With Peter Lale, viola

Mozart String Quintet in G minor
Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet in Bb

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Saturday 22nd May

Concordia Festival Masterclasses

10.30 – 12.00pm, Highnam Church

FREE EVENTa masterclass for young cellists with Ashok Klouda. Supported by the Concordia Foundation.

Gloucestershire Young Musician Showcase

1.00pm, Highnam Church

FREE EVENT featuring the winner of the ‘Carducci Audience Prize’ at the Gloucestershire Young Musician Competition 2023.


Directions, Accommodation and Food



For Highnam Church (GL2 8DG): From Gloucester take the A40 towards Ross on Wye. After 2km turn right at the traffic lights onto B4215 (signposted Newent). After 250m turn left (signposted Highnam Community Centre) and drive straight ahead for Church parking.


For Highnam Court (GL2 8DP)

From Gloucester take the A40 towards Ross on Wye.  At Highnam Roundabout (about 1km) past the B4215 turning) take third exit (unsignposted) through iron gates.  Continue up the drive and follow signs for car park.


Bus & Taxi

Stagecoach bus route 32 from Gloucester stops at Highnam Stores (short walk from Highnam Church) in the daytime.  For a taxi back to Gloucester after evening concerts try Martin’s Private Hire on 07508 848989 or City Cars on 01452 330330.



We are always looking for volunteers to join out friendly team of Festival stewards.  Benefits include free access to concerts!  Email carduccitrust@gmail.com to find out more.



Gloucestershire is a wonderful area for a weekend visit.  For more information regarding accommodation in the local area, please contact us for a list of suggestions.



Although there is no pub or restaurant in Highnam, there are good facilities locally at Over Farm Market (shop with a good selection of sandwiches and snacks); the Toby Carvery (on the A40 towards Gloucester); and the Wharf House at Over.  All are less than a 10 minute drive away.

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