Over the past 20 years Plush Festival has evolved from a concert for friends into a thriving concert series produced by the Brendel family and supported by the local community.

Programmes are carefully devised and combine classical and romantic masterpieces with modern and contemporary works, ensuring that there is always something to discover as well as revisit. The stage at St. Johns is given equally to leading international musicians alongside emerging artists, with the aim to create symbiosis and spark new connections.

The festival continues to retain its family run ethos and community, with all musicians and helpers living and rehearsing together in the Brendel’s house. Away from formal pressures musicians can find peace and focus on rehearsals, without any demands except those of the music. Surrounded by dramatic hills and curious artworks, this is a uniquely inspiring place to explore ideas and form new partnerships.

The constantly evolving Plush Ensemble collective will number 40 musicians by 2016; many of whom have developed working relationships following encounters at the festival. Till Fellner and Mark Padmore’s unforgettable Schubert cycles have now been heard around the world, while projects involving Kit Armstrong, the Szymanowski, Kuss and Elias Quartets have all flourished after taking root in Plush.

Alongside our focus on classical music we continue to celebrate jazz, improvisation and new sounds, with past performances including the unforgettable pianist John Taylor with trio Breve, mesmerising folk arrangements from troubadour Sam Lee & friends, multi-instrumental journeys with Stian Carstensen and tango nights with bandonean maestro Marcelo Nisinman.

Contemporary composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle is a frequent visitor, readily lending an ear as we painstakingly piece his complex and brilliant scores together. And over the years a number of concerts have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s lunchtime concert series.

Created in the spirit of the International Musicians Seminars in Prussia Cove, Cornwall, Plush aims to provide musical revitalisation for musicians and audiences alike, an ethos that has drawn our ever-widening community back to Plush every year.