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2017 Festival – ‘Arcadia’ Ticket info below…

12-26 August 2017 – This festival has now taken place. Thank you for making it the most successful thus far

2017 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 eighth festival (‘Schumann: A genius revealed’) this year to record capacity audiences, 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 ninth 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 400 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 2016

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

  • Sturm und Drang

    Sunday 13th August

    2pm

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    St Peter & St Paul, Pickering

    • Schumann Phantasiestücke in A minor Op.88
    • Franck Piano quintet in F minor*
    • Taneyev Piano quintet in G minor Op.30
  • The Rite of Spring

    Monday 14th August

    7pm

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    All Saints’, Helmsley

    • Bax Piano quartet
    • Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (four hands)*
    • Tailleferre Piano trio
    • Ravel Piano trio in A minor
  • The Wayfarer

    Wednesday 16th August

    2pm

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    St Mary’s, Lastingham

    • Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen
    • Liszt Tristia (de La Vallée d’Obermann)
    • Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
  • Prisms of light

    Wednesday 16th August

    7pm

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    St Mary’s, Lastingham

    • Bonaventure Celestial Objects (organ)
    • Maxwell Davies The Seven Brightnesses
    • Bartók Contrasts*
    • Messiaen Desseins éternels (organ)
    • Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
  • Lull after storm

    Friday 18th August

    7pm

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    St Nicholas, Guisborough

    • Beethoven String quintet in C (‘Storm’) Op.29
    • Britten Lachrymae Op.48a*
    • Maxwell Davies A Sea of Cold Flame
    • Vaughan-Williams The Lark Ascending
  • The Elements

    Saturday 19th August

    7pm

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    St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge

    • Vivaldi Flute concerto No.1 ‘La tempesta di mare’
    • Rebel Les Élémens*
    • Gluck Dance of the Furies
    • Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Week Two

  • The Woods so Wild

    Sunday 20th August

    2pm

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    St Hilda’s, Danby

    • Dowland - Johnson - Campion - Purcell Works for lute, theorbo and soprano
  • Cosmos

    Monday 21st August

    7pm

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    St Stephen’s, Fylingdales

    • Messiaen Appel Interstellaire
    • Beethoven String quartet Op.58 No.2 in E minor (‘Rasumovsky’)*
    • Maxwell Davies Sea Eagle
    • Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op.4
  • Nostalgia

    Wednesday 23rd August

    7pm

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    St Hilda’s Priory, Sneaton Castle

    • Fauré Fantasie Op.79
    • Fauré Piano quartet No.2 in G minor Op.45*
    • Messiaen Le Merle Noir
    • Elgar Piano quintet in A minor Op.84
  • Skywards

    Friday 25th August

    7pm

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    St Oswald’s, Lythe

    • Haydn String quartet Op.76 No.4 in b flat major (‘Sunrise’)
    • Adès The Four Quarters*
    • Haydn String quartet Op.64 No.5 in D major K458 (‘The Lark’)
    • Respighi Il tramonto (‘Sunset’)
  • Arcadia

    Saturday 26th August

    5pm

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    St Hilda’s Westcliff, Whitby

    • Elgar Organ sonata in G (1)
    • Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
    • Berg Violin concerto (‘To the Memory of an Angel’)*
    • Smetana Die Moldau
    • Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    • Weber Der Freischütz (Overture)
  • * denotes interval follows.

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

Season ticket £115 (11 concerts). Booking season ticket online incurs a £3 booking fee.

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