Barnaby wishes all our friends and followers the very best for Christmas and the New year!

As we reflect on the challenging year of 2021, we would like to remind you of some beautiful moments in June when we held our first Barnaby Bright programme – please take a look at memories from programme and our 2020-2021 activity report here. We are also delighted to bring you filmed performances and promo videos from two of our commissions: Our Future Is Ancient by Simon Buckley / Not Quite Light, and the Brighter Sound Music Mash masterclass programme, in partnership with Mash Guru.

Barnaby Bright was led by Programme Director, Carol Whitehead, who is working on other projects now, although we hope to be able to welcome her back to Macclesfield in the future.  In other news, we say goodbye to Abi Gilmore, who follows Nicola Waterworth in stepping down from their joint role as Co-Chairs of Barnaby Festival. We’d like to thank them for all of their work with the festival over the years, and look forward to seeing them as punters at Barnaby 2022.

Finally, don’t forget that Barnaby returns next year for a festival edition so puts the dates of 17-19 June 2022 in your diaries. We are busy putting the short programme together and welcome volunteers, ideas, suggestions and donations! We are delighted to be planning the return of the Parade which will (fingers crossed) be the biggest and bestest for many years! To get involved sign up here

Wishing you all a very safe, warm and happy Christmas and see you in 2022!

The team at Barnaby