The award-winning Swaledale Festival
Date: 29 May 21 — 12 June 21 | Report this event.
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We open with three days of family fun in Reeth, including a giant tipi, kites, quoits, musicians and clog dancers on the village green, as well as a range of events in the Memorial Hall.
We welcome three former BBC Young Musicians of the Year: pianist Freddy Kempf, oboist Nicholas Daniel and cellist Laura van der Heijden. VOCES8 and Baroque violin supremo Rachel Podger present their exquisite Guardian Angel programme, and four string quartets make appearances, although they are all doing something different in addition to their core repertoire.
The fabulous EU Chamber Orchestra performs Mozart and Vivaldi with violinist Fenella Humphreys, and thirty local children will guest with the orchestra alongside the talented composer and turntable artist Shiva Feshareki.
There is comedy theatre from the People Show and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and a wealth of folk and world music, including The Young’uns, Martin Taylor and Acoustic Triangle. We present the world premieres of two lute songs, both composed by rock star bassists: Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and former Police frontman Sting (yes, really!). This year’s Reeth Lecture will be given by a rock star of a different kind – the mountaineering legend Doug Scott.
Local brass bands, choirs, folk groups, visual artists and poets play a significant part, and there are more guided walks in the glorious Dales landscape than ever. Our Young Artists Platform showcases supertalented artists at the beginning of their careers, many of whom are from our region.
World-class musicians are performing free concerts in schools and care homes, and our Endangered Instruments initiative continues to inspire young people to take up instruments which are becoming all too uncommon.