psmWhat is Pennine Spring Music?


Pennine Spring Music is an annual Festival of recitals, rehearsals and performances, held every Spring Bank Holiday week in the beautiful mediƦval hilltop village of Heptonstall.

The Festival was founded in 1985 by Ian Harrold and is made up of an orchestra and chorus who perform joint public concerts during the week. There are daily rehearsals which are led by highly-skilled music professionals who would greatly enrich your musical experience. Rehearsal days vary between 3 and 6 hours long, including the sectional coaching which develops a tight-knit and responsive ensemble.

This year we are pleased to welcome Ruth Burbidge who will be running a three-day Baroque Chamber Music course, leading to a performance as part of the Thursday concert.

You may rent accommodation in local cottages, self-catering accommodation, and commercial premises. Accommodation information is available through the Secretary. There is time to explore some of the most attractive walking country in England, or driving further afield.

Rehearsal times are usually in two or three hour periods, with tea and coffee provided.
Rehearsals start on Monday: see Rehearsal Schedule. A light lunch is provided on Bank Holiday Monday. All subsequent meals may be bought locally by the participants.

The concerts in which participants perform take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, with rehearsals starting on Monday.