The Swaledale Festival

Monday, March 4, 2019

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Swaledale Festival is an annual festival of music and arts based in the three most northerly Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale - a large rural area of outstanding beauty. Founded in 1972, the Festival begins on the Saturday of the late May Spring Bank Holiday each year and runs for two weeks. Festival venues range from tiny chapels seating fewer than fifty people to halls seating several hundred. Many are charming village churches but there are also heritage sites such as Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal and Gayle Mill near Hawes. Top musicians and artists come from all over the world to perform at Swaledale. We have welcomed John Williams, Dame Emma Kirkby, the Hallé, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Peter Donohoe, Stephen Hough, Alexander Markov, Tasmin Little, Natalie Clein, Red Priest, James Gilchrist, Iestyn Davies, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, London Mozart Players, the King's Singers, VOCES8, the Brodsky, Carducci and Ŝkampa String Quartets, Black Dyke Band, Antonio Forcione, Niamh Ní Charra, Clare Martin, Martin Taylor, Kathryn Tickell, Martin Simpson, Lau, Adel Salameh, Seckou Keita, People Show, Brian Sewell, Roger McGough, Simon Armitage, The Young'uns, Barry Cryer and the Aurora Percussion Duo.

There are many reasons to visit Richmond apart from the great scenery and historic sites. Not least among them them our wonderful theatre and our musical events. Yes Richmond has its own Glastonbury every August. its Called Richmond live and this year it takes place on August 3rd & 4th in a splendid setting on the banks of the River Swale

The programme includes a core of classical music concerts as well as folk, brass band, jazz and world music. In addition there is poetry, film, dance, drama, comedy, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, children's events, talks and themed guided walks. There are usually a few surprises too (think steam train trips, bat watches, archaeology projects and astronomy sessions!). There is a focus on the extraordinary landscape, the history, the legends and the characters of the northern Dales.

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