With its unique and very regal setting, the Windsor Festival is among the premier music and arts festivals in the UK, and plays an important part in the cultural life of the local community.
The original idea for the Festival was put forward by Robin Woods, Dean of Windsor in 1968 based around the participation of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin using St George’s Chapel, the State Apartments of Windsor Castle and the Theatre Royal. And while professional performances are very much at its core, a flourishing schools programme runs alongside with students encouraged to submit art works, creative writing and music compositions for competition.
The Festival also promotes the biennial Windsor Festival International String Competition which aims to give aspiring young musicians a global platform to promote their careers. The 5th WFISC was won by South Korean violinist Ji Yoon Lee in 2105, who is now a soloist with the Philharmonia orchestra.
In 2016, the festival marked several notable dates: the centenary of the birth of Sir Yehudi Menuhin (who helped found the festival in 1969), the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.