Abbotsholme Arts Society was started in 1968 by Gordon Clark, the Director of Music at Abbotsholme School. The first concert was given by the oboist, Leon Goossens, on 24th September of that year. There have been well over a thousand concerts, films, readings, lectures and discussions by many of the finest in their field in the world during the four decades that have followed. The vast majority of events are held 'in the round' in the fine chapel at Abbotsholme School but on occasion, because of the nature of the performance, the Society has staged its events at major concert halls throughout the Midlands, at National Trust properties (such as Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall) and at private properties (for example Chatsworth House) bringing great orchestras such as the Hallé, The London Symphony and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw to the area.

The Society, has been honoured to have had four most supportive Patrons. Lord Platt was the first and he was succeeded by Lord Gibson, then Paul Tortelier and now Steven Isserlis. When Gordon Clark died in 1989 he was succeeded by Paul Spicer, then in 2001 by Meurig Bowen, then Richard Hawley and now the current Artistic Director, Neil Millensted.

The main façade of Abbotsholme School is dominated by a magnificent copper beech tree, an image of which forms the Society's logo.

Abbotsholme Arts Society is a registered charity. Please visit our website at

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