Welcome to the 2019 Swaledale Festival!

The full programme will be available by the end of January and bookings open on Monday 25 March.

From Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director: "This year’s stellar line-up includes violinist Tasmin Little, baritone Roderick Williams, the Armonico Consort performing Purcell’s beautiful Dido & Aeneas, Kathryn Tickell’s new supergroup ‘The Darkening’, the Villiers String Quartet, and the Esbjerg Ensemble from Denmark. The incomparable Paco Peña, Antonio Forcione, Craig Ogden and Manus Noble will thrill not only fellow guitarists but the rest of us too, and I am delighted to welcome the current BBC Young Musician of the Year - pianist Lauren Zhang, as well as former winners Jennifer Pike and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

As well as stars from around the world, there is a strong Yorkshire focus: Our Young Artists Platform this year features baritone Miles Taylor, bass trombonist Simon Chorley, bassoonist Catriona McDermid, saxophonist Alexander Bone and visual artist Nel Hume, all of whom are Yorkshire-born and destined for glittering careers. I am also proud to welcome back two musicians from the county who have risen to the highest ranks since first appearing in the Festival a decade ago - pianist Richard Uttley and soprano Rowan Pierce.


Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, international harp and kora stars, who performed in Grinton Church on Monday 28 May 2018


Festival Presented with Queen’s...

02 October 2018


Swaledale Festival was presented with the QAVS on September 27 in a ceremony at Scampston Hall.

Percussion & cello maestros

27 June 2018


The award-winning percussionist Delia Stevens and cellist Abel Selaocoe visited Askrigg, West Burton and Bainbridge primary schools to deliver spellbinding performance and workshop sessions.

Another successful year...

22 June 2018


Swaledale Festival has finished for another year, with record ticket sales and many sold-out events.