“Extraordinary music in remarkable places”
The Two Moors Festival is unique: a nationally renowned rural music festival where people from all walks of life experience and enjoy extraordinary music performed by world-class artists, in stunning locations.
The Festival was borne out of the devastation caused by the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, which decimated the UK farming and tourism industries. John and Penny Adie, Devon locals, were inspired to help regenerate the local economy and bring light and encouragement to people’s lives by producing a week of stunning music-making on the ‘Two Moors’ of Exmoor and Dartmoor.
With help, support and encouragement from many generous city and country-based benefactors, Penny and the team continue to bring world-class artists to one of the most remote, beautiful - and culturally underserved - corners of England, so new and existing audiences can experience remarkable live music first hand.
More than a festival
Each October arts centres, village halls, churches, country houses and sometimes even railway stations and indoor markets across 1,200 square miles of Dartmoor and Exmoor spring to life with inspirational performances, talks, exhibitions, schools workshops and masterclasses.
We are, however, so much more than just an annual festival.
Our work continues throughout the year with innovative new music commissions, carefully structured artist development programmes and a prestigious competition for young musicians.
Our audiences make a substantial contribution to the economic regeneration of rural Devon and Somerset and, by hosting events in often under-utilised venues, we highlight the two moors’ precious built heritage and the importance of conserving it for future generations.
“…like going to the Wigmore Hall, with better views. And cows.” (Michael White, Daily Telegraph)
2MF is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. A board of up to 12 trustees governs the charity, and a small professional team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. 2MF also receives a huge amount of support from a dedicated band of volunteers.