Welcome to

Festival / 16th-18th May 2024

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stamford International Music Festival 2024.

Having grown up in the area, returning to this beautiful town every year to perform has the feeling of a homecoming. Rather poignantly, it is a sense of place and of belonging that many of the composers programmed in this year’s festival fought and risked their careers and even their lives for. At a time when borders and nationalities were ever shifting, music became their home, their heritage: a cultural well to which they clung while their physical homes were stripped from them or their identities questioned – themes as vital today as they have ever been

Read Freya's full welcome message here.

Founder & Director, Freya Goldmark, on why SIMFestival remains so special to her:

Coming home to Stamford for this festival every spring is, without a doubt, the highlight of my musical year. Each time I am yet again inspired by the reaction from the people of Stamford, who have given such support and encouragement – more than I could have ever hoped for.

Alongside the more familiar repertoire, I try to challenge myself, the musicians and perhaps even the audience by programming more obscure and underperformed works deserving of greater recognition.

It is an enduring privilege to explore such incredible pieces of music and to be able to perform them to open and appreciative audiences in a place that I love, the very same town where my musical education began over 20 years ago.

If you would like to see us come back every year, please take a moment to read below how you could help the festival.

Become a Friend

Friends of the Festival enjoy many perks, from  priority seating & booking at all our concerts and an invitation to our exclusive final day Drinks Reception and Recital – all for £35 per year (£60 for two).

Sign up here to become a Friend, or contact us to find out how your support can help the festival.

Support the Festival

Sponsoring a concert is a major way to support the festival. If you would like to discuss sponsorship or advertising in our programme, please contact us by email at info@simfestival.com

Can’t make it to any of our concerts but still want to help? A one-off donation payment, however big or small, can go a long way towards supporting the festival.