Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 September 2022

The Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival (PICMF) began as part of local art festival Purbeck Art Weeks and has now grown into a hugely popular and unique event in its own right.

Set in various locations across the Isle of Purbeck, including churches and unusual historic sites, musicians are both home-grown and come from abroad, and are curated and led by Dorset-born cellist and artistic director Natalie Clein.

The classical music festival comprises 11 concerts at nine venues across four days.

Each year the festival has a theme – the theme for 2022 is Freedom.

Enjoy chamber music favourites of the likes of Bach, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert, along with new music – this year from British composer Deborah Pritchard, who will be bringing her distinctive collaborative work with visual artists to the festival.

Experience the unique atmosphere of live classical music in historic Dorset churches and local arts venues, culminating in a family concert on the Sunday at Harman’s Cross village hall.

Hear a Bach string trio in the gorgeous Georgian chapel at Lulworth Castle; listen to a Shostakovich piano trio at St Edward’s Church in Corfe Castle; and experience Swanage’s St Mary’s Church come alive with the rich sound of the iconic Bach Cello Suite No.1, along with preludes by Debussy and many more transporting compositions across Purbeck.

There are also performances at the Fine Foundation Gallery in Durlston Country Park, and at Dorset Museum in Dorchester.

The festival also aims to nurture a love of classical music within the community and amongst children through school workshops and masterclasses.


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

  • Festival Pass – £150
  • Adult, individual concert – £10 – £30 (depending on venue/concert type)
  • Student & concessions – £10
  • Under 25s – free

Book tickets directly with the PICMF: picmf.org/en/programme-2022/

Contact details

Full festival information and contact details can be found on the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival website:

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