“It’s like opening a box of magic that stays wide open for two weeks” – audience member 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who made the 2017 Festival such a rip-roaring success.

In our most ambitious Festival yet we featured young musicians at the beginning of sparkling careers alongside veteran supergroups. Intimate duets, explosive folk and reimagined baroque. Choirs, orchestras, woodwind, brass, strings, pianos, and also slaptops, santouris, nyckelharpas, gothic harps and the amazing tromba marina. Idyllic outdoor Shakespeare, poetry readings, film screenings, talks, inspiring art exhibitions and a series of guided walks to celebrate our magical landscape. Clog-dancing, Canadian step dancing, traditional Zulu dancing and the story of the world’s first ballet. World premieres and commissions by, amongst others, the composer Alexander Goehr. 

It all took place in village churches, tiny chapels, heritage buildings and large halls, with audience members ranging from infants to 90+ year-olds. Top musicians performed in schools and care homes for the elderly, and our National Youth Jazz Orchestra children's concert in Catterick Garrison was broadcast to schools and British forces bases all over the world. And we won't forget the impromptu appearance of Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and our double bass-playing Artistic Director Malcolm Creese with John Potter's 'Amores Pasados' (pictured).

Sincere thanks to everyone who attended our events this year. There were more of you than ever before in our 46 year history, and ticket sales reached an all-time high.

It’s over, and yet it’s so far from over. Our extensive community and education programme is rolling and we’re busy planning Swaledale Festival 2018 and 2019. 

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 Darlington, Handelsbanken, Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Kenneth Easby Accountants,  Purple Creative Studio, Tennants Garden Rooms, Millgate 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.

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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: 817

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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