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The English Music Festival (EMF) is an annual four day event held over the second May bank holiday, dedicated to the performance of British composers from the mediaeval to the present day, but with a strong focus on the early to mid twentieth century. Founded and organised by Em Marshall in 2006, the Festival takes place in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK and the surrounding area.
EMF mounts performances of many neglected and previously unperformed works by composers as diverse as Britten and Holst to Joseph Holbrooke and Edwin York Bowen. The festival also presents first performances of works by contemporary composers including, for example, Mathew Curtis, Cecilia McDowall, Paul Carr and Tom Rose. The concerts are regularly broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and the festival has established relationships with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of St Paul's, City of London Choir, David Owen Norris, James Gilchrist and Janice Watson.
Further information: englishmusicfestival.org.uk
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