A brand new classical music festival, By The River, in association with Classic FM, is launching this summer on the banks of Henley-on-Thames on 11 August.

Created by Broadwick Live, the one-day festival with the UK’s most popular classical music station will be hosted by Classic FM presenters John Suchet and Margherita Taylor and will take place on Saturday 11 August 2018 in the Temple Island Meadows.

Confirmed to perform are Alfie Boe, Sir Karl Jenkins, Miloš, Laura Wright, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices and the Royal Marines Band. Tickets are now on sale at: www.bytheriverfestival.com

Music lovers will be treated to the nation’s favourite classical pieces, performed by some of the world’s greatest classical musicians, with food and drink from ‘award-winning caterers’. This includes the Farmers’ Market, with organic produce from local producers, and the World Food Village, with hand-picked global food specialists.

A range of luxury experiences will be available, including exclusive VIP champagne gardens; chauffeur and river taxi services; premium picnics and also private cabanas with waiter service for up to ten guests, with the option of their own personal sound system and garden.

Britain’s biggest-selling tenor Alfie Boe will be performing in Temple Island Meadows.

Described as “classical music’s guitar hero”, Miloš will be taking to the stage at By The River with Classic FM this August.

Soprano Laura Wright also appears. She is the official anthem singer for the England Rugby team. As well as singing at the Rugby World Cup and the FA Cup Final, Laura performed a special version of the National Anthem for The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The new festival will feature a fireworks finale. 

Neil Wyatt, By The River with Classic FM festival director, said: “We’re delighted to present some of the greatest classical performers in the world at one of the most unique and beautiful festival sites in the UK, and we’re excited to partner with Classic FM to make it happen. It’s going to be an unmissable and glorious evening of music in the summertime”.