History of the Festival

Windsor Festival was founded in 1969 with Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Hunter as Artistic Directors and Laurence West as Executive Chairman. 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. The Dean decided to form the Windsor Festival Society, which then moved to plan the first Festival. Since that time the Festival has continued to attract distinguished artists from around the world.

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