– Patron: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE –

2014 Festival – Beethoven: A Legacy Ticket info below…

17-30 August 2014 – This festival has now taken place. Thank you for making it the most successful thus far

2014 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 fifth festival (‘A Time There Was…’) 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 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 sixth 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, August 2014


Tickets £10, students £5, children free.
Season ticket £80 – Available through WeGotTickets (£4.80 booking fee applies if applying through WeGotTickets website); postal applications (see below). Season Ticket includes just one of the concerts at St Mary’s Church, Lastingham. Please specify which one with your order: 20th or 27th August.

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
Alternatively use Buy Tickets links below (£1 booking fee applies if using these links).


Week One

  • Sunday 17th August


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    St Nicholas, Guisborough

    • Beethoven String quintet in C major Op.29
    • Korngold Sextet in D major Op.10*
    • Mendelssohn Octet in E flat major Op.20
  • Monday 18th August


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    St Oswald’s, Lythe

    • Beethoven Clarinet Trio Op.11
    • Hummel Clarinet quartet in E flat major*
    • Mozart Grand Quintetto (‘Gran Partita’) in B flat major
  • Wednesday 20th August


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    St Mary’s, Lastingham

    • Maxwell Davies ‘Voyage to a Fair Isle’ for piano trio
    • Zemlinsky Clarinet trio in D minor Op.3*
    • Beethoven Piano trio in D major Op.70 No.1 (‘Ghost’)
  • Friday 22nd August


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    St Hilda’s Priory, Sneaton Castle (7pm)

    • Beethoven Piano quartet in E flat major Op.16
    • Mendelssohn Piano sextet in D major Op.110*
    • Schubert Piano quintet in A major (‘Trout’)
  • Saturday 23rd August


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    St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough

    • Beethoven String quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2 (‘Rasumovsky’)
    • Brahms Clarinet quintet in B minor Op.114*
    • Schubert String quintet in C

*(interval follows)

Week Two

  • Sunday 24th August


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    St Hilda’s, Danby

    • Mozart/Bach Prelude and fugue for string trio
    • Maxwell Davies String trio
    • Schoenberg String trio Op.45
    • Beethoven String trio in D major Op.9 No.2
  • Monday 25th August


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    St Helen’s & All Saints’, Wykeham

    • Beethoven String quartet in E flat major Op.74 (‘Harp’)
    • Berg Lyric Suite Op.3*
    • Maxwell Davies String quartet No.6
  • Wednesday 27th August (repeat - with ‘Archduke’)


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    St Mary’s, Lastingham

    • Maxwell Davies ‘Voyage to a Fair Isle’ for piano trio
    • Zemlinsky Clarinet trio in D minor Op.3*
    • Beethoven Piano trio in B flat major Op.97 (‘Archduke’)
  • Thursday 28th August


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    St Stephen’s, Fylingdales (7pm)

    • Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor
    • Beethoven String quartet in F minor Op.95 (‘Serioso’)*
    • Maxwell Davies The Last Island (string sextet)
    • Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
  • Friday 29th August


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    St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge

    • Beethoven String quartet in B flat major Op.130 (with Grosse Fugue)*
    • Strauss ‘Till Eulenspiegel Einmel Anders’
    • Maxwell Davies ‘Seven Skies of Winter’
    • Janáček ‘Mladi’
  • Saturday 30th August


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    St Hilda’s Westcliff, Whitby

    • Handel ‘Messiah’ overture (organ)
    • Hindemith Kammermusik Op.24 No.1
    • Schumann Introduction and Allegro appassionato Op.92*
    • Beethoven Septet in E flat major Op.20
    • Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise

*(interval), **Repeat concert of 20th August