– Patron: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE –

2015 Festival – La Belle Époque Ticket info below…

16-29 August 2015 – This festival has now taken place. Thank you for making it the most successful thus far

2015 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 sixth festival (‘Beethoven: A Legacy’) 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 seventh 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 2014

Tickets

Tickets £10, students £5, children free.
Season ticket £90 – postal applications (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

Programme

Week One

  • Sunday 16th August

    2pm

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    St Nicholas, Guisborough TS14 6BX

    • Franck String quartet in D
    • Debussy ‘Danse sacrée et danse profane’ for harp and strings*
    • Debussy ‘Syrinx’
    • Maxwell Davies Two Dances from ‘Caroline Mathilde’ Op.144d
    • Ravel Introduction and Allegro
  • Monday 17th August

    7pm

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    St Oswald’s, Lythe YO21 3RW

    • Roussel Sérénade Op.30
    • Lully/Visée Pièces de théorbe
    • Saint-Saëns ‘Fantaisie’ for violin and harp Op.124
    • Ibert ‘Entr’acte’ for flute and harp
    • Debussy Sonata for flute, harp and viola
    • Françaix Quintet for flute, string trio and harp
  • Wednesday 19th August

    7pm

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    St Mary’s, Lastingham YO62 6TL

    • Debussy ‘Ariettes oubliées’ for voice and piano
    • Ravel Piano trio in A minor*
    • Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
  • Friday 21st August

    7pm

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    St Peter and St Paul’s, Pickering YO18 7BE

    • Fauré Piano quartet in C minor Op.15
    • Fauré ‘La Bonne Chanson’ for voice, piano and string quartet Op.61*
    • Duparc ‘Chanson Triste’ Op.2
    • Chausson ‘Concert’ for violin, piano and string quartet in D Op.21
  • Saturday 22nd August

    7pm

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

    • Widor Toccata
    • Ravel ‘Deux mélodies hébraïques’
    • Maxwell Davies (A world premiere)*
    • Vierne ‘Allegro’ from Organ Symphony No.2 Op.20
    • Berlioz ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’ from Op.7
    • Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’ - String quartet in D minor D804

Week Two

  • Sunday 23rd August

    2pm

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    St Hilda’s, Danby YO21 2NH

    • Schubert String trio in B flat D581
    • Ravel Sonata for violin and cello
    • Françaix String trio in C
  • Monday 24th August

    7pm

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

    • Maxwell Davies ‘Lighthouses of Orkney and Shetland’ - Naxos string quartet No.5 Op.253
    • Debussy String quartet in G minor Op.10*
    • Dutilleux ‘…ainsi la nuit’
    • Ravel String quartet in F
  • Wednesday 26th August

    6pm

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    St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge YO21 1UX

    • Maxwell Davies ‘Seven in Nomine’ Op.28
    • Françaix ‘À huit’ - Octet for bassoon, horn, clarinet and strings
    • Schubert Octet in F D803
  • Thursday 27th August

    7pm

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    St Hilda’s Priory, Sneaton Castle YO21 3QN

    • Saint-Saëns Septet for piano, trumpet and strings in E flat Op.65
    • Poulenc Sextet for wind and piano Op.100*
    • Roussel Divertissement for wind quintet and piano Op.6
    • Franck Piano quintet in F minor
  • Friday 28th August

    7pm

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    St Stephen’s, Fylingdales YO22 4RN

    • Maxwell Davies Trumpet quintet Op.200
    • Ysaÿe Paganini variations for string quartet*
    • Schubert String quintet in C D956
  • Saturday 29th August

    Finale 5pm

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    St Hilda’s Westcliff, Whitby YO21 3EG

    • Stravinsky Suite ‘Pulcinella’
    • Poulenc Organ concerto in G minor*
    • Maxwell Davies ‘A Welcome to Orkney’ Op.90
    • Ibert ‘Divertissement’
    • Ravel ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’