Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival 2024

ūüóďÔłŹ¬†Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September 2024

Enjoy four days of classical music on the Isle of Purbeck at a range of historic venues.

Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival (PICMF) has grown into a hugely popular and unique event in Dorset after it began life as part of local art festival Purbeck Art Weeks.

  • Cellist Stephan Braun at Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival
  • Grand piano in Corfe Castle church
  • Dave Neita and Musicians from the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival
  • Natalie Clein, Cedric Pescia & Ruby Hughes

The classical music festival comprises eight concerts across four days, curated and led by Dorset-born cellist and artistic director Natalie Clein.

Additional events for 2023 included a book launch & performance (London Yiddishtown, Vivi Lachs), a film screening (1946 film noir Deception) accompanied by cello concerto, and a free family concert in Swanage.

The PICMF also aims to nurture a love of classical music within the community and amongst children, with workshops and musical masterclasses held within the local schools.

Each year¬†the festival has a theme – the theme for 2023 was ‘Forgotten Voices’.

2023 Programme

While we wait for the 2024 programme to be released, take a look at what last year’s programme for a taste of what to expect:

Thursday 7th September

  • Forgotten Genius – Works by Schubert, Gli√®re, Kurtag, Weinberg. 3pm, St Mary’s Chapel in Lulworth
  • She/Her/They – Madeleine Dring Shakespeare songs, plus Bosmans, Schumann, Younghi pagh-Paan & Amy Beach, at St George’s Church, Langton Matravers, 7.30pm (Plus live painting to music of Bosman’s portrait by artist Katharina Ziemke)

Friday 8th September

  • Conversations Between Ourselves – Bartock, Oliver Greif, Yiddish folk songs & more. 11am at St Nicholas’ Church in Studland
  • Book launch: London Yiddishtown – Words & songs with performer & author Vivi Lachs, Dorset Museum in Dorchester, 5pm
  • The Voice of the Soul Schubert, Bloch and Yiddish song, 7pm, Dorset Museum

Saturday 9th September

  • Family Concert – The whole family can enjoy Hungarian folk music and more at this free concert in Swanage in collaboration with the Swanage Folk Festival. At Sandpit Field, from 10am
  • Solo – Solo cello and violin performances of Bela Bartok, James Helgeson and Domenico Gabrielli, St Nicholas’ Church, Worth Matravers, 11am
  • Film screening & concerto: Deception – At The Rex, 3.30pm
  • Forgotten Memories – Music by Dvorak, Kurt Weill, Josef Suk & Rebecca Clarke, 7.30pm, Lady St Mary Church, Wareham

Sunday 10th September

  • Enduring Voices – The music of Schulhof, Dick Kattenburg & Mieczyslaw Weinberg, at St James’ Church, Kingston, 11.30am
Natalie Clein and Cedric Pescia at PICMF
Cellist & artistic director Natalie Clein and pianist Cedric Pescia (2022)


Buy a festival pass, which gives you full access to all concerts, or pay for individual performances.

  • Festival Pass – ¬£150
  • Adult, individual concert – ¬£10 – ¬£25/¬£30 (depending on venue/concert type)
  • Student & concessions – ¬£10
  • Film & performance – ¬£8 – ¬£18
  • Under 25s – Free
  • Family concert – Free
  • Book launch – Free

(Ticket prices correct as of Sept 2023)

Full festival information and contact details can be found on the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival website: picmf.org/en/