Introduction

Find on Facebook iconThe Music Festival takes place in a beautiful Yorkshire Dales market town noted for its warm welcome and spectacular scenery, and all this a mere handful of miles off the M6.

Most concerts take place in the lovely St Andrew’s Church, whose earliest foundations date back to 1130. The church is in the very centre of the town with convenient nearby parking.

Topping the bill are:

  • An unmissable recital by world famous violin and piano duo Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, who prompted rapturous ovations at the 2016 festival.
  • Red Priest, the virtuoso baroque music band, brainchild of recorder wizard Piers Adams with their huge following.
  • A Fistful of Spookies, zany, big fun and utterly inimitable male voice ensemble. The Spooky Men have been very popular at some of our previous festivals where they performed to packed houses.
  • Welsh modern folk band Jamie Smith’s Mabon.
  • The Sterling Trio.
  • The Kentdale Wind Quintet.
  • Castalia String Quartet.
  • Levens Choir.
  • Sedbergh’s own admired orchestra.
  • The local Sedbergh Town Brass Band.
  • Local medieval band Cornucopia with a multi-media presentation of the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
  • Sarah Beth Briggs, piano.
  • A performance of the joyous Vivaldi Gloria by our very own Festival Chorus

Excellent pre-concert meals will be available before selected evening performances, and buffet lunches to accompany selected lunchtime events.

There will be lunchtime concerts featuring ensembles drawn from all over the county and beyond, including:

  • The awesomely talented young musicians of the world famous Chetham’s Hospital Music School.
  • Penrith cellist Joe Davies, currently conducting in Oxford, plays the Bach Cello Suites.
  • The return of the harp duo, AnnaKate and Gwen.
  • Peter Noke’s organ recital.
  • Other talented artistes, and children from the Pepperpot Club.

We would like to acknowledge the help and support of the many bookshops, businesses, organisations, hotels & B&Bs, schools, venues and tourist attractions which have supported the Festival so positively. Also grateful thanks to all the Information Office staff, volunteer staff and other dedicated individuals who have shown such allegiance to the project.

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Event list


Sunday 3rd June

Monday 4th June

Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

Malcolm Arnold shanties, Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ and more

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Tuesday 5th June

Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

Red Priest, founded in 1997 and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.

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Wednesday 6th June

Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The Castalia Quartet was formed in 2004 when Botton Eurythmy Ensemble asked Sonia Hammond to find musicians for several performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in London, Eire and Botton Village. From this octet came the Castalia Quartet; Julian Cann, first violin and Sonia Hammond, cello are the founding members from 2004. Since then they have been joined by Jennie Jones, second violin in 2007 and Robert Dick, viola in 2013.

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Thursday 7th June

Thursday 7th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Christopher Steele (tenor) & Peter Noke (piano)

Lively songs and opera favourites including European art songs: Rossini, Richard Strauss, Massenet, Berlioz, and most likely Vaughan Williams ‘On Wenlock Edge’ for tenor and piano.

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Thursday 7th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

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Friday 8th June

Friday 8th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Joe Davies: Bach Cello suite

Bach: Cello Suite in D Minor

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Friday 8th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – A Fistful of Spookies

Sensational stylings of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys, brand newies by Spookmeister Stephen Taberner and thousand year old Georgian songs, guaranteed to woo, charm, cheer & delight.
The ever popular Spooky Men have played to packed audiences at our previous festivals so early booking is recommended.

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Saturday 9th June

Saturday 9th June 2018 11:00am

Sedbergh Music Festival – Pepperpot Coffee Concert

At the heart of Sedbergh’s music, Pepperpot Club nurtures music for all ages, founded and administers Sedbergh’s own orchestra, runs children’s concerts, loans instruments, mounts concert and theatre trips. This coffee concert will showcase tantalising glimpses of fine young musical talent from both Sedbergh and Souith Lakes.

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Saturday 9th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Levens Choir

Featuring the music of C.Hubert Parry

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Monday 11th June

Monday 11th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Organ Recital: Peter Noke

Sedbergh School’s Chapel Organist Peter Noke’s work, as pianist and organist, extends internationally as a performer, teacher, presenter and mentor.

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Monday 11th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – The Sterling Trio: Sarah Atter – Flute, Thomas Verity – Clarinet, with guest harpist Elizabeth Bass

Featuring music by Arnold Bax, Howard Blake, Andy Scott, Jacques Ibert, and more.

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Tuesday 12th June

Tuesday 12th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Alexa Wightman and Isobel Brearley

Programme to include Poulenc, Grovlez, Schumann, Handel, Ravel, Bartok…..! Real European culture trip brought home to Sedbegh!

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Tuesday 12th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh Town Band

Sedbergh Town Band is a true community band with over 35 players who have a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Our members range in age from eleven years to over 70. The band continues to develop and is now led by two bandmasters – Iwan Lewis and Carole Marsden.

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Wednesday 13th June

Wednesday 13th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Reflections: Summer readings

Stuart Manger reads Prose and Poetry that celebrates Summer in all its varied moods, including Heaney, Hughes, Norman Nicholson, Wordsworth and many more.

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Wednesday 13th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Cornucopia

Cornucopia, the medieval music band based in Sedbergh, brings a multi-disciplinary performance of the great late 14th century epic ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ to the Festival, with a huge range of early instruments – crumhorn, harp, shawm, sackbut, racket, all manner of recorders, psalteries, gemshorns, and a range of percussion. There is song, dance, location screen shots, all interspersed through the narration of the great poem itself.

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Thursday 14th June

Thursday 14th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Chetham’s School of Music

Chetham’s is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and is the only one based in the north of England. The School is also a national and international resource for music education – welcoming teachers, professional players, composers and conductors, community groups, school children and other young musicians, both experienced and novices, to come together and make music. Our network of partnerships with professional orchestras and organisations extends across the music industry, and our alumni populate orchestras and ensembles across the world.

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Thursday 14th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh Orchestra

Drawing its players from the local musical community, the orchestra has built an enviable reputation and this year, they bring a mixed programme centred round the beautiful Mozart Oboe Concerto.

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Friday 15th June

Friday 15th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Harp Recital: AnnaKate Pearson and Gwen Sinclair

AnnaKate & Gwen are both professional harpists who initially met while attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. They both studied with Karen Vaughan who was the co-principal harpist for the London Symphony Orchestra & used to fly to Glasgow to tutor them. Performing in orchestras together & being college friends it was only natural to continue working with each other & they formed a harp duo. In their individual careers they have played in an array of venues throughout the UK & between them they have been honoured to play for Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & BBC2 Radio Folk awards 2015.

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Friday 15th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Jamie Smith’s modern folk band MABON

Jamie Smith’s MABON is a band beyond borders. Their members range across the British Isles, based in Wales, England and the Isle of Man – and their original, InterCeltic music is rooted in the traditions of all the Celtic countries.

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Saturday 16th June

Saturday 16th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sarah Beth Briggs

A very popular programme offering a fine cross section of Debussy and Chopin featuring many of the works on Sarah’s much acclaimed December 2014 release which featured forty times on Classic FM during 2015.

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Sunday 17th June

Sunday 17th June 2018 10:30am

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh School Choir

The invigorating sound of the Sedbergh School Choir enriches services for the school, carefully trains its young singers, and tours in vacations – for example in Summer 2017, to Italy, with a wide repertoire.

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Booking info

Tickets will be available from 1st March 2018, both online and ‘over the counter’ at the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre.

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