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

Festival Follow Ups

News of some artists who have appeared at the Festival

  • 5 October 2017
  • Author: Janet
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Red Priest

Red Priest, who closed our 2017 Festival with their Gypsy Baroque Fantasy, are currently at the top of the Specialist Classical Chart with their CD of this music. 



Rowan Pierce

Rowan Pierce, a young soprano from Saltburn, Cleveland, first visited us in 2010 as a schoolgirl taking part in a masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby. She appeared again in a Young Artists Platform recital in 2015 with Simon Passmore, a young pianist whom we have also helped to develop over several Festivals. This summer Rowan graduated from the Royal College of Music with a string of awards, including the President's Award from HRH the Prince of Wales, and has gone on to win the prestigious Grange Festival International Singing Competition. Just following her Twitter feed shows that she is already becoming well-established as a world class soprano. Oh, and she also debuted at the BBC Proms this year.

Andrey Lebedev

Guitarist Andrey Lebedev performed in our Young Artists Platform in 2016 with flautist Bronte Hudnott. He has now gone on to win the International Youth Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America and was placed third in the prestigious 2017 ARD International Music Competition, Germany's largest classical music competition. As well as taking third prize, Andrey also won the prize for the 'Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Piece'. In the final Andrey performed Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Reiland. The news of Andrey's success came from the City Music Foundation (CMF) where we found news of another Festival performer:

Bartosz Glowacki

The CMF holds an annual fundraising BeerFest in the City's Guildhall Yard, and among the artists performing there this year was Bartosz Glowacki - the young accordion player whose performance interspersed with poetry readings at this year's Festival was regarded as moving and memorable by those who were there. 




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