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

Recent News

Shop at the Co-op to help Swaledale Festival

Leyburn Co-op members can help raise funds

  • 12 May 2017
  • Author: Janet
  • Number of views: 1175

The Co-operative Society is well known for its ethos of putting something back into the communities in which it operates and one of its latest funding initiatives is set to provide a significant contribution to the Swaledale Festival - with the help of its members.

On 10 May Heather Hodgson, one of our Marketing co-ordinators, visited the Leyburn Branch to meet the people there and take some information about the Festival. Co-op members using the Leyburn Branch can currently go online choose Swaledale Festival to receive 1% of their spend on Co-op products and services. If you are not currently a member then you can join easily online to help the Festival and also receive benefits yourself for your membership.

Heather also came back with a lovely colourful banner to give further publicity to this particular appeal.

The Festival not only makes it possible for people to see and hear world class artistes in Dales venues, in whatisindependenty recognised as a 'culturally deprived area' due to its distance from major cities, it also helps to develop the careers of young professional musicians and students about to enter the profession, through its Young Artists Platform.The Festival also has an extensive and award winning educational and community programme sending musicians into both schools and care homes for the elderly. Schools are also often involved in longer projects involving both music and art, as this year with the Festival's Jazz Project involving schools in Catterick Garrison. The Co-op is currently supporting all these projects from members' contributions at its Leyburn Branch. 

So, if you are in Leyburn, use the Co-op and help us to do even more to bring music and the arts to all the people of the Dales. 

Events in Leyburn this year are 


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