“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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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 and hope to make it to near the top at least of the full Classical Charts. 

As we write they are also performing tonight at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond so if you are quick you may catch them there. You can always find wherelse they are performing on their website.


Rowan Pierce

Rowan Pierce, a young soprano from Saltburn, Cleveland, not too far from the Festival, first visited us in 2010 as a schoolgirl taking part in a Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby. Even then, Dame Emma could say little to add to Rowan's accomplished singing. She appeared again to give us 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 she 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 presigious 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 as well as performing with the Nova String Quartet in the semi-finals!  

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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