Two Moors Festival
13th to 21st October 2017

Our Story

“Extraordinary music in remarkable places”

Welcome to the Two Moors Festival, renowned as one of the leading classical music festivals in the UK.  Our ambitionis to enrich lives through music: through world-class performances and learning and participation programmes, we bring remarkable live music experiences to audiences, musicians and communities in irresistible locations across the South West.  

“…like going to the Wigmore Hall, with better views. And cows.” (Michael White, Daily Telegraph)

The Two Moors Festival (2MF) was borne out of the devastation caused by the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, which decimated both the farming industry and British tourism. John and Penny Adie, Devon locals, were inspired to help regenerate the local economy and bring light and encouragement to people’s lives by producing a week of stunning music-making on the ‘Two Moors’ of Exmoor and Dartmoor. Since then the festival has grown to attract international musicians, and continues to bring vibrant music making to one of Britain’s most beautiful areas.

2MF stages approximately thirty concerts in October each year in some of the most exquisite - and remote - locations in England. With help, support and encouragement from many generous city and country-based benefactors, Penny and the team bring world-class artists to one of the most remote, beautiful - and culturally underserved - corners of England, so new and existing audiences can experience the joy of remarkable music first hand. The Festival presents an artistic programme to rival many major city-based festivals and its uncompromisingly high standards attract some of the most exciting performers in the world, putting 2MF firmly in the A-star league.

The Festival has made the headlines on many occasions: for example, in 2007 when an £85,000 hand-built Bösendorfer Imperial Grand piano was presented by the firm to the Festival; its many commissions of new music by contemporary composers, including a full-length opera by Stephen McNeff based on Tarka the Otter in 2006; and its unique series of concerts in Tiverton Parkway railway station and on a packed commuter train out of Paddington, begun in 2014 and this year to be covered ‘en route’ by Classic FM.

2MF also has a strong tradition of supporting local talented musicians through its Young Musicians Platform Competition.  The competition’s atmosphere is a welcoming, encouraging and relaxed one.  From spring 2018 YMC is including a mini-masterclass for each of the 50 entrants to add value to their audition experience, expand aspirations and extend abilities.

The Festival’s Professional Development programme offers Residencies to more established professional performers, usually in the early stages of their careers. They enable musicians to prepare for a recording, an international competition or prestigious recital away from normal schedules. It is inspiring to watch the progression of the musicians over the 5 days of the residency: with the help of fresh air, copious quantities of excellent food and the joy of a world-class piano, they usually go from quiet and tired, to bubbly and energised. 2015 Residents, The Gildas Quartet, wrote: “Working in this idyllic environment is a perfect catalyst for focus and inspiration…the informal concert afforded our rehearsals just the right amount of momentum, and gave us a wonderful opportunity to play chamber music to an appreciative and communicative audience."


2MF is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. A board of up to 12 trustees governs the charity, and a small professional team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. 2MF also receives a huge amount of support from a dedicated band of volunteers.