– Patron: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE –

2016 Festival – Schumann: A genius revealed Ticket info below…

14-27 August 2016 – This festival has now taken place. Thank you for making it the most successful thus far

2016 festival poster

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WELCOME TO THE North York Moors Chamber Music Festival.
The concept is to provide the highest level of chamber music within historical buildings which themselves celebrate the rich history of the moors, one of our country's most stunning and panoramic landscapes.  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 environment strives to demonstrate this;  the potential power of music to bind locals and visitors together regardless of religion or politics is also a great motivation and many have commented on the friendly yet passionate atmosphere.

The enormous success of the seventh festival (‘La Belle Époque’) this year to record capacity audiences, with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in residence, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2011 shortlist and the enthusiasm from both the audiences and musicians alike have helped to further establish this festival firmly on the musical map.  This is particularly rewarding  during the challenging cultural and financial climate and thus testament to the demand there clearly is for quality music and a celebration not just of this but also of exquisite buildings and breathtaking landscape, particularly during the month of August: a spectacular time of year for the North York Moors, carpeted in heather at the height of summer. From the extraordinary St Mary's Church, Lastingham with its Anglo-Saxon crypt to the mists of Whitby Abbey, the panorama across the largest moorland in Europe and the ethereal remnants of Rievaulx—this National Park is one of the outstanding areas of historical and natural beauty in our land and this festival aims to combine every element to make the concerts an all encompassing experience.

We welcome support as we launch this event for a eighth successive year, which is why we’ve set up The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival Trust , now a charitable company.  We are in great need of support as we don't rely on much public funding so if you wish to make a donation please enclose the gift aid form (if you are a UK tax payer) to ensure your donation goes further. Cheques payable to The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival Trust would be most gratefully received; please send to The NYM Chamber Music Festival , The Granary, Appleton-le-Moors, York YO62 6TF. The accounts will be made readily available as part of our annual returns to the Charity Commission.

Please note that early booking is highly recommended as concerts sell out rapidly.  I'd like to thank all of those who have helped support the festival and the increasing audiences, especially as we have now given over 300 concerts in the region and their loyalty becomes more prominent.  I hope if you are new to the festival you may wish to come and experience it for yourselves. As Ted Hughes so poignantly observed: “The moors are the stage for the performance of Heaven.”

Jamie Walton, November 2015

Tickets

Tickets £12.50, students £5, children free.
Season ticket £115 – Available through Advanced Ticketing (a season ticket booking fee of £3 applies if booking through Advanced Ticketing website); postal applications for season tickets are also accepted (see below).

Ticket Bookings

By post: please send a cheque made payable to ‘North York Moors Chamber Music Festival’ and SAE to:
Mallories, Appleton-le-moors, York YO62 6TF
Online: please use the Buy Tickets links below (£0.50 booking fee per ticket applies if using these links).

Programme

Week One

  • Exuberance

    Sunday 14th August

    2pm

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    St Peter & St Paul, Pickering YO18 7BE

    • Schumann Kinderszenen, Op.15
    • Schubert Piano quintet in A major, D. 667 (The Trout)*
    • Mendelssohn Piano sextet in D major Op.110
    • Schumann Piano quintet in E flat major Op.44
  • Ardour

    Monday 15th August

    7pm

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    St Helen’s & All Saints’, Wykeham YO13 9QA

    • Schumann String quartet No.1 in A minor Op.41
    • Beethoven String quintet in C major Op.29 *
    • Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartet No.10 Op.283
    • Mendelssohn String quintet No.2 in B flat major Op.87
  • Philosophy

    Wednesday 17th August

    2pm

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    St Mary’s, Lastingham YO62 6TL

    • Schumann Waldszenen Op.82
    • Schubert Fantasie in F minor d940
    • Schumann Dichterliebe Op.48
  • Folk

    Wednesday 17th August

    7pm

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    St Mary’s, Lastingham YO62 6TL

    • Chopin Piano trio in G minor Op.8
    • Schumann Piano trio No.3 in G minor Op.110*
    • Maxwell Davies Piano trio: A Voyage to Fair Isle Op.232
    • Brahms Piano quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25
  • Turmoil

    Friday 19th August

    7pm

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    All Saints, Helmsley YO62 5AD

    • Schumann Violin sonata No.2 in D minor Op.21
    • Schumann Piano trio No.1 in D minor Op.63*
    • Tchaikovsky Piano trio in A minor Op.50
  • Transcendence

    Saturday 20th August

    7pm

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    St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough YO11 2DB

    • Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 (organ)
    • Tchaikovsky String sextet in D minor Op.70 Souvenir de Florence*
    • Schumann Fugue on B-A-C-H Op.60 No.2 (organ)
    • Mendelssohn Octet in E flat Op.20

Week Two

  • Roots

    Sunday 21st August

    2pm

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    St Hilda’s, Danby YO21 2NH

    • Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (arr. string trio)
  • Cycle of life

    Monday 22nd August

    2pm

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    St Hilda’s Priory, Sneaton Castle YO21 3QN

    • Schumann Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op.23
    • Schumann Frauenliebe und leben Op.42
  • Reverence

    Monday 22nd August

    7pm

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    St Hilda’s Priory, Sneaton Castle YO21 3QN

    • Brahms Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat Op.40
    • Schumann Piano trio No.2 in F Op.80*
    • Mahler Piano quartet in A minor
    • Schumann Piano quartet in E flat Op.47
  • Reflection

    Wednesday 24th August

    7pm

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    St Stephen’s, Fylingdales YO22 4RN

    • Webern Langsamer Satz
    • Schumann String quartet No.3 in A Op.41*
    • Glazunov Rêverie Orientale Op.14
    • Brahms Clarinet quintet in B minor Op.115
  • Romanticism

    Thursday 25th August

    7pm

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    St Oswald’s, Lythe YO21 3RW

    • Schumann String quartet No.2 in F Op.42
    • Elgar String quartet in E minor Op.83*
    • Brahms String quintet No.2 in G Op.111
  • Transformation

    Friday 26th August

    7pm

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    St Nicholas, Guisborough TS14 6BX

    • Maxwell Davies Lumen cognitionis Op.272
    • Strauss Metamorphosen (arr. septet)*
    • Schubert Octet in F d803
  • Celebration

    Saturday 27th August

    5pm

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    St Hilda’s West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EG

    • Bach Toccata in F BWV 540 (organ)
    • Mendelssohn Overture and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op.21
    • Schumann Piano concerto in A minor Op.54*
    • Wagner Siegfried Idyll WWV 103
    • Tchaikovsky Adagio and allegro brillante (from Schumann Symphonic etudes Op.13)
    • Brahms Hungarian dances (selection)
  • * denotes interval follows.

Tickets - £12.50, Students £5, children free. Booking online incurs a 50p booking fee per ticket.

Season ticket £115 (11 concerts)

Lunchtime concerts on the 17th & 22nd £10 a ticket (sold separately)

Email Bookings - to reserve tickets. Tel 01751 417795 or SAE to Mallories, Appleton-le-Moors, York YO62 6TF