Music at Leasowes Bank is one of England’s remotest music festivals. About ten miles to the south of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, between the dramatic rocky outcrops of the Stiperstones and the Long Mynd is Leasowes Bank Farm where, each summer, concerts covering a diverse range of music are held in a converted barn.
The atmosphere is informal and the location stunning. Each year a new work is commissioned; the composers are drawn from all genres of music and have included Howard Blake, Michael Nyman, Geoffrey Bush, Bob Wilber, Diana Burrell, Neil Ardley, John Mayer Gwilym Simcock, Huw Warren, Huw Watkins, James Francis Brown and David Matthews.
This year’s Music at Leasowes commission features the clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings who is composing a work for clarinet and String Quartet. This promises to be an exciting and ground-breaking concert. Leasowes Bank is a very special festival with many attractions – its informality, its setting, its musical range and interesting programming. Come and share in the music-making in this our 33rd season!