2023 Preview
Swaledale Festival’s Artistic Director Malcolm Creese has spent the last few months putting together a fabulous programme for our 2023 Festival. Here is a tantalising taste of the myriad voices, instruments and artists that will come to our hills and dales next May and June…
In the first week we’ll welcome the internationally admired cellist Natalie Clein, Britain’s foremost jazz singer Claire Martin, pianist Martin Roscoe with cellist Moray Welsh, early music from the excellent Manchester Baroque, flute virtuoso Eliza Marshall, family fun with Lempen Puppet Theatre, the talented Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis with strings, the high-flying young Ligeti Quartet and, for lovers of brass band music, the superb WFEL Fairey Band.
The middle weekend sees the last ever Festival performance by Swaledale’s beloved folk group Fourum and a solo performance by the comedy legend Andy Hamilton.
The second week features a classical guitar recital from the great Craig Ogden, Haydn and Beethoven from the Doric String Quartet, the exciting Belgian five-piece WÖR, the excellent Jervaulx Singers, a fascinating collaboration between bluesman Michael Messer and two Indian musicians, lutenist Jacob Heringman duetting with mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, Connaught Brass, and the Herschel Quartet with soprano Julia Doyle.
All this, plus our superb local brass bands, the Swale Singers, a packed Young Artists Platform series, poetry, astronomy, film, workshops, art exhibitions, talks, guided walks, and more.

The full programme will be revealed in January, and tickets go on sale on Monday 13 March. Alternatively, you can become a Festival Friend and gain a two-week priority booking period starting on Monday 27 February – along with the warm, fuzzy feeling that you are helping the Festival to thrive!


The film was made by Howell Film and features music from a track called Bling Bling from the album Plum Lane by The Matt Wates Sextet. The piece was written and arranged by Matt Wates. 


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