The award-winning Swaledale Festival is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.

This year, as always, the Festival offers an eclectic and inspiring mix of world class classical, folk and jazz music, exceptional young artists, entertaining groups, drama, film, dance, art exhibitions, workshops, talks and guided walks in the beautiful Dales landscape. Tickets are available now from this website.

Malcolm Creese, who is celebrating his tenth year as Swaledale Festival's Artistic Director, says "there is a subtle theme running through this programme which I feel will aid listeners' enjoyment of less familiar music: A Conversation with the Musical Past. We explore the connections between ancient and modern music by hearing early music played on modern instruments and modern music on ancient ones, by exposing the links between Baroque music and jazz, folk and gypsy styles, and by pairing (for example) Renaissance lute songs with new ones by famous rock stars".

This year, for the first time, people under the age of 25 can buy tickets to every event (except one) for £3 each.

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 (see Festival menu). We are grateful to Dawn Clarkson Associates who examine the accounts, and to Holiday Home Yorkshire in Reeth who provided staff accommodation for this year's Festival at AD Coach House Cottage. We are also supported by a number of Local Businesses shown here.


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