‘The Festival runs on the tightest of shoestrings but we’ve a small army of volunteers doing everything from putting up the stage to making sure that there’s a pudding (usually two) to follow the musician’s supper! As our Russian violinist, Yuri Zhislin said, Burton Bradstock is ‘home away from home’. It’s that connection with this gorgeous village that makes it so special for all of us. We love coming back because it feels like we’re playing for friends. It has to be Britain’s friendliest Festival.’
David Juritz Artistic Director
Inaugurated in 1981, the Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art takes places in mid-August, presenting an astonishing range of high quality events in just a few days, including orchestral concerts, evening and lunchtime recitals, jazz and World music, intimate late evening performances, and an art exhibition. Our concerts take place in Burton Bradstock’s exquisite 16th century church.The Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art in August 2018 enjoyed record attendances with sell-out concerts and an Art Exhibition that attracted its highest number of visitors to date.
One Festival goer wrote, “I was so pleased that we had the Festival back in 2022 and it’s been amazing. Thank you all for the effort to get this incredible event running again.”
When asked to what he attributed the success of the Festival, Jenny Malyon, Chair of the Festival Committee said: “The appeal of the fantastic musicians under David Juritz’ leadership bringing world renowned and diverse music to our beautiful coastal village is an unforgettable experience. Together with the Art Exhibition and all supported by the village volunteers, it makes Burton Bradstock a unique festival event.”
The Festival’s Musical Director is David Juritz, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. David Juritz studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the college’s highest award, the Tagore medal. He was leader of the London Mozart players for 20 years and has appeared as a soloist in North and South America, the Far East, Europe, South Africa and Australia. His programming for the Festival combines inspired collaborations with an eclectic range of music to ensure there is truly something to surprise and delight everyone.