Preview of North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Jamie Walton, musician. Credit photography by Clint Randall.    Submitted pic
Jamie Walton, musician. Credit photography by Clint Randall. Submitted pic

Anyone interested in chamber music should be heading for the North York Moors and its churches for two weeks in August.

There they will find some of the world’s most famous solo artists who are taking up residence to create a programme of rich diversity. This year’s theme is A Time There Was ...

The setting include St Nicholas’, Guisborough, St Oswalds, Lythe, St Mary’s Lastingham, St Hilda’s Danby, Sneaton Castle, St Hilda’s West Cliff, St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge, St Stephen’s Fylingdales, St Helen’s and All Saints, Wykeham and St Martin’s on the Hill, Scarborough .

The fifth festival runs from Sunday August 11 to Saturday August 24. The first concert is at Guisborough and the event ends at St Hilda’s, West Cliff.

Rubbing shoulders with popular music by Beethoven, Britten Purcell, Walton, Delius, Elgar, Mozart and Handel are Tippett, Bax and Bridge with the musicians appearing in many permutations from solo to chamber orchestra.

Cellist and founder of the festival Jamie Walton said: “Simplicity and accessibility both in terms of repertoire and of price have been contributory factors in the festival being such an immediate phenomenon.

“This also erases any hint of elitism and I firmly believe such music should be for everyone and the festival strives to demonstrate this.”

Tickets can be booked on 01751 417795