“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 already 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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A Quarter for a Quarter

Bells at Grinton

  • 21 June 2017
  • Author: Janet
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The Swaledale Festival Quarter Peal at Grinton

In recent years Malcolm Creese has taken up bell-ringing and become quite good at it. As one of those quaint little touches that he likes to insert into the Swaledale Festival, this year on 9 June he provided an opportunity for the band at Grinton to ring its first quarter peal - a minimum of 1250 changes - since its two new bells were added. 

To ring a quarter peal takes about 45 minutes and the Grinton band completed theirs as the audience arrived for the concert by the Urban Folk Quartet.  

Successful peals and quarter peals are published in the official periodical for ringing, the magazine Ringing World, and its website where this Grinton quarter peal appeared thus:

Yorkshire Association

Grinton, North Yorkshire, St Andrew (10–0–7 in G) Friday, 9 June 2017 in 45 minutes 

1260 Grandsire Triples

1 Christopher J Curry
2 Darren R Moore
3 John R Welch
4 Susan E Welch
5 Elizabeth J Foster
6 Helen L Scott
7 Andrew J Slade (C)
8 Malcolm Creese

1st quarter on the bells since augmentation.

1st on eight 1.

25th birthday compliment to 1.

For the Urban Folk Quartet concert as part of the 2017 Swaledale Festival. Assistant Events Manager 1 & Artistic Director 8.

 

Peals and quarter peals are often a means of celebrating a special event, and on this occasion not only was it the first quarter peal on the 8 bells and a Swaledale Festival official event, it was also the 25th birthday of Chris Curry, our popular and very hard-working Assistant Events Manager. 

Well done to all.

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