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

A Quarter for a Quarter

Bells at Grinton

  • 21 June 2017
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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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