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

Sunday 3rd June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival: Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

A dramatic start to the Festival as Mary Hamilton conducts Benjamin Britten’s jolly setting of Psalm 150, followed by soloists and the town’s own singers in Vivaldi’s exhilarating ‘Gloria’.

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Monday 4th June

Monday 4th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh School Musicians Entertain

The 2018 Festival is showcasing young musicians throughout and young musicians from Sedbergh School start us off in style celebrating our first Lunch hour recital.

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Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

One of Cumbria’s most exuberant ensembles present Malcolm Arnold shanties,  Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ plus works by Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, and more.

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Tuesday 5th June

Tuesday 5th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Julian Cann (violin) and David Battersby (piano)

Julian has prepared for us a fine programme of Schubert, Bach and some of his favourite English music.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

An evening of fabulous musicianship and fun from this world renowned baroque supergroup who hit the baroque scene a decade or so ago and have received rave reviews everywhere.

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Wednesday 6th June

Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The central work of the programme is one of the core pieces of chamber music repetoire – Schubert’s Quartet No, 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’.

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Thursday 7th June

Thursday 7th June 2018 1:00pm

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

A joyful lunchtime swing through operatic favourites in the company of this very fine tenor and his accompanist.

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Thursday 7th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe

An evening of unrivalled technical and expressive skill and insight from this globally acclaimed and highly regarded duo. The programme does not shy away from scaling heights and if their 2016 recital is anything to go by we are in for another treat.

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Friday 8th June

Friday 8th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Joe Davies: Bach Cello suite

Ex-Westmorland Youth Orchestra star Joe Davis is now at Oxford where he is making a considerable impact on the University’s musical work as a conductor, singer and player.

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Friday 8th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – A Fistful of Spookies

The usual brilliantly sung witty mayhem from a bunch bound to draw fans from everywhere. The sharply observed insights in the repertoire are designed to intrigue, amuse and challenge, but above all to send us all away with a smile.
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

A pot-pourri  of local young musicians – always a pleasure to welcome them.

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Saturday 9th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Levens Choir

Levens Choir is one of South Lakes most distinguished choral ensembles, their repertoire will stir hearts and impress minds.

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Monday 11th June

Monday 11th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Organ Recital: Peter Noke

Sedbergh School’s Organ Tutor brings central works by J S Bach and Franz List to the Festival and finishes with a Vierne show-stopper.

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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

** CANCELLED ** – Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Alexa Wightman and Isobel Brearley

Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel this event

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Tuesday 12th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Reflections: Summer readings

A gentle meander through summer in prose and verse. Come and relax after Market Day. Please note the new date for this event.

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Tuesday 12th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh Town Band

Sedbergh’s talented local band is guaranteed to pack the rafters

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Wednesday 13th June

Wednesday 13th June 2018 3:00pm

** CANCELLED ** – Sedbergh Music Festival – Pepperpot Tea Concert

We regret that it has been necessary to cancel this event

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Wednesday 13th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Cornucopia

A multi-disciplinary performance of the great late 14th century epic ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ re-told with dance, songs and animations interwoven with music from the time on period instruments.

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Thursday 14th June

Thursday 14th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Chetham’s School of Music

‘Chets’ is the Northern Powerhouse Music School writ large, so be prepared to be amazed by the skill, aplomb and sheer pzazz of the young here strutting their stuff. Always a treat and a thrill. Remember the names – they will be famous ere long!

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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 including Rossini’s Tankredi Overture, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with soloist Philip Cull, a professional freelance oboist, music for wind instruments by Elgar and Schubert’s 6th Symphony

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Friday 15th June

Friday 15th June 2018 1:00pm

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

We were amazed at their skills and variety in 2016 and look forward to the same in 2018 from this two talented harpists.

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Friday 15th June 2018 7:30pm

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

A feet tapping night for all when Jamie Smith brings his much sought after Celtic folk-rock band which has made a huge name on the festival circuit in the UK and Europe.

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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 can be purchased by the following means:

  • By purchasing online using the “Add to Cart” and “View cart & checkout” buttons.
  • By personal visit to the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre.
    The Information and Book Centre is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Sundays.
  • By post to:
    Sedbergh Music Festival
    c/o Sedbergh Information and Book Centre,
    72 Main Street,
    LA10 5AD.
    Cheques should be made payable to Sedbergh Music Festival 2000.

The Sedbergh Information and Book Centre can also provide full information on where to stay and what to do in the Sedbergh and Yorkshire Dales area. Walking, sight seeing, book hunting and visiting tourist attractions are already popular activities but there are many more things to do in the area.

Buying online

Financial transactions are handled by PayPal using a secure server. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this system: you can make payments with either a PayPal account or with your credit or debit card.

Tickets will normally be available on this website until about two days before the event (or one week before the start of the festival for season tickets). If you wish to purchase individual event tickets after that time you can still place telephone orders with the Sedbergh Community Information Centre, 015396 20125 and collect and pay for them on arrival at the event. Season tickets will continue to be available ‘over the counter’ at the Sedbergh Community Information Centre until the start of the Festival.

To buy tickets online go to the page for the event (by clicking on its name in the list of events) and select the number and type of tickets you require and add them to your shopping cart by clicking on the “Add to Cart” icon. This will take you to the PayPal website where it will display your cart contents and give you the option of going to the checkout to make your payment or returning to our website to continue shopping.

If suppers are available for an event they can be purchased by clicking on ‘Supper’ in the drop-down list which appears when you select a ticket type.

Note that if you purchase any ‘Free’ 18 or under tickets online we need to make a nominal charge of one penny each. This is because the PayPal system which we use will not handle transactions for zero cost items.

A 75 pence handling charge will be added to the total price for all online transactions. Since the handling charge is a fixed amount per order you should not complete the checkout process until you have finished adding all your tickets to your shopping cart.

You can go to the checkout from any page on our website by clicking on the “View cart & checkout” button in the “Music Festival shopping cart” box, this will take you to your shopping cart on the PayPal website.

Please review the contents of the shopping cart to make sure it is correct before continuing to make your payment.

If you have any problems with online bookings please contact


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When posting tickets we normally aim to dispatch them within 24 hours by second class Royal Mail to the address you supplied on the checkout page. Sometimes there may be a few days delay before we can dispatch tickets but we will ensure that we post them in time for you get them before the event. When the tickets are dispatched you will receive notification from PayPal by email to the email address you supplied on the checkout page.


In the event of any event being cancelled by us we will make a full refund of the cost of the tickets and handling charge.

We cannot guarantee to provide refunds if you are unable to use tickets you have purchased but may consider your request if made up to 48 hours before the event.

We cannot accept any liability for any other costs incurred, either directly or indirectly, as a result of any event being cancelled.