Welcome to the 2018 Swaledale Festival - 26 May to 9 June

Online booking opens on Monday 26 March. Priority booking for subscribers to our Festival Friends scheme opens on Monday 5 March.

"I am delighted to present a packed fortnight of performances by some of the most exciting classical, folk, jazz and world musicians, as well as theatre, film, dance, poetry, comedy, workshops, family events, talks, guided walks and art exhibitions. All this takes place in charming ancient churches, village halls and heritage buildings in the stunning landscape of the North Yorkshire Dales.

This year’s truly international line-up includes musicians and artists from Syria, Iran, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Ireland, France, Italy, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Senegal, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada and the USA, as well as a large number from the UK, and Yorkshire in particular. 

Our Young Artists Platform features immensely talented young performers early in their careers. There are new commissions and world premieres, and our programme of work in schools and care homes is more comprehensive than ever.

J.S. Bach’s keyboard masterpiece Goldberg Variations features in a number of events this year, with complete performances by both the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the pianist Angela Hewitt, as well as an excerpt from harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita. The mathematician Marcus du Sautoy's Reeth Lecture (our tenth, incidentally) will focus on Bach’s use of mathematical symmetry in Goldberg Variations, and there will be two screenings of 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould which contains excerpts from the late pianist’s ground-breaking recordings of the work.

Please have a browse through our Programme and Exhibition pages where you will find a diverse selection of extraordinary music and art to choose from. I look forward to seeing you at the Festival!"

Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director

The Festival is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, funders, donors, legacy givers, Festival Friends and Angels, as well as the tireless work and dedication of our loyal volunteers, our staff, and members of the Festival Board. Swaledale Festival receives support from Arts Council England and from generous sponsors including  Sherwoods (Vauxhall) of DarlingtonHandelsbanken, Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Kenneth Easby Accountants, T&R Theakston Ltd, Purple Creative StudioTennants Garden RoomsMillgate House B&B in Richmond, the Burgoyne Hotel in Reeth and the Bridge Inn in Grinton. We are also supported by a number of Local Businesses shown here.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, international harp and kora stars, will be performing on Monday 28 May

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Swaledale Festival online booking opens

Online booking for the 2017 Swaledale Festival opened on Monday 27 March. 

The award-winning festival of music, arts and walking, now in its 46th year,  takes place from 27 May to 10 June - mainly in charming village churches and halls dotted around the breathtaking landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. 

Swaledale Festival, which is a registered charity, is attracting larger audiences each year. Around half of the audience members live in the area and the other half come on holiday especially for the Festival. 

Highlights include pianist Stephen Hough, vocal group VOCES8, London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, Red Priest, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Unthanks, Urban Folk Quartet, John Potter’s 'Amores Pasados', Northern Monkey Brass Band, Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, and a trio of stellar guitarists: John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan. 

Swaledale Festival’s Young Artists Platform this year includes the extraordinary cellist and reigning BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason who will perform with two of his equally talented siblings, as well as Jess Gillam, (the first saxophone player to win the Woodwind Final in the same competition), the sensational young chamber orchestra Arch Sinfonia, and the virtuoso classical accordionist Bartosz Glowacki.

There is outdoor Shakespeare, a celebration of the world’s first ballet, a film about Hieronymus Bosch, poetry, art exhibitions, Dales brass bands, talks and guided walks. And for the first time in the Festival’s history, under 25s can buy tickets to every event (except one) for just £3 each.

The Festival has won numerous awards for its artistic achievements, and also for its extensive community and education work. Every year the Festival sends top musicians into local care homes to play for those who are unable to attend the regular concerts. And this year the Festival has launched a major music and visual arts project entitled JAZZ! in which hundreds of children in the Catterick Garrison area will have the opportunity to hear and study jazz music and history, attend a special concert by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and produce artworks for a series of exhibitions during the Festival.

Artistic Director Malcolm Creese, now in his tenth year, says: “I’ve been fortunate to secure a fantastic line-up of world-class performers for 2017, and there really is something for everyone. It’s my strongest programme yet.”

Full programme details and tickets are available at: www.swalefest.org

 

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