Tickets go on sale for this year’s Swaledale Festival

The Young'uns. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Swaledale Festival.

This year’s event runs from Saturday, May 23 to Saturday, June 6.

The highlights include the European Union Chamber Orchestra performing with turntable artist Shiva Feshareki and violinist Fenella Humphreys, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and folk singers extraordinaire The Young’uns – all performing at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

Grinton Church will host jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, folk groups WÖR and The Fretless, the Carducci String Quartet, and leading vocal group VOCES8.

Reeth events kick off on the Bank Holiday weekend with a range of free activities on Reeth Green for children and their families, including storytelling, woodcarving, music, kite-making and clog dancing.

Reeth Memorial Hall will host a family ceilidh, Dales folk group Fourum, guitarist Stuart Masters with tabla player Harkiret Singh Bahra, and the 2020 Reeth lecturer  will be by the mountaineering legend Doug Scott.

There are concerts by three world class string quartets and three former BBC Young Musicians of the Year — pianist Freddy Kempf, oboist Nicholas Daniel and cellist Laura van der Heijden.

There are world premieres of two lute songs, both composed by rock star bassists, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and former Police frontman Sting.

Local brass bands, choirs, folk groups, visual artists and poets also play a significant part, and there are more guided walks than ever.

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