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Swaledale Festival

The popular Swaledale Festival will be held 25 May 2013 to 8 June 2013.

Over the two weeks in late spring the festival will attract over 7,000 visitors from the local area and across the UK and even overseas. The Swaledale festival has grown in popularity year on year and this year it will no doubt be another successful year. The organisers have worked hard to put together the preliminary programme for the 2013 Swaledale festival.

This year’s acts include some all-time favourite acts and local legends such as the Muker Silver Band and some of the greatest musicians in the world such as the Royal String Quartet.

Swaledale Festival Preliminary programme, 2013 (excludes walks, art exhibitions)

25 May 2013

Charlotte Barbour-Condini and Swaledale Festival Players. Charlotte is a 16 year old scholar at the City of London School for girls and a student at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. Charlotte was also a concerto finalist and woodwind category winner of the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist 2012. The ensemble features Adam Summerhayes on the violin and David Gordon on the harpsichord.

Find out more about Charlotte Barbour-Condini 

26 May 2013

Rachel Antill is a fantastic artist and enthusiastic mountaineer who explores many landscapes and presents new paintings and book which have been inspired by her recent Himalayan expedition.

Find out more about Rachel Antill 




Fourum is a popular local folk group that have been entertaining audiences since 1972. They are all set to star in ITV1’s The Dales this spring which was filmed in Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal.

Find out more about Fourum


Renaissance Choir from Durham offer an evening of renaissance and modern choral music and are led by chorister, conductor and composer, Ben Rowarth.

Find out more about Ben Rowarth

27 May 2013

Scaramouche Jones is a famous one-man play written by the award winning author of Breaking Strain Justin Butcher. The play is performed by an exceptional actor from Hampshire.

Antonio Forcione Trio is an award winning acoustic guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. He has been performing in a band in southern Italy since the age of 13 and comes to Swaledale with a breathtaking performance of Italian world-music with African and Brazilian sidemen.

Find out more on Antonio Forcione Trio 

28 May

Flurcussion is a unique marimba and flute duet.

Leyburn Band is Wensleydale’s popular brass band.
Find out more about the Leyburn Band

Royal String Quartet is today one of the most dynamic running string quartets in the world. The quartet was created in 1998 at the Warsaw Academy of Music in Poland.

Find out more about the Royal String Quartet

29 May 2013

Open mic poetry is a selection of local poets reading their work.
Muker Band is one of Swaledale Festivals regular acts, with a wide following both in the Yorkshire Dales and further afield and have played around Europe in Holland, Luxemburg and Germany.   Repeat 5 June.
Find out more about the Muker Silver band 
John Williams a guitarist from Melbourne is a well know ambassador for the guitar and one of the finest  classical guitarist in the world.
Find out more about John Williams

30 May 2013

David Owen Norris is a well-known pianist, composer and broadcaster on Radio 3. He comes to the Swaledale Festival to play his 1781 square piano with German string trio.
Find out more about David Owen Norris
Barry Cryer and Colin Sell are Radio 4’s comedy duo, they are appearing at the Swaledale Festival to perform their new show.

31 May 2013

David Munro is a master violin maker based in Hampshire. At the Swaledale Festival he will talk you through his instruments and demonstrates his instruments with passion.

Ensemble Musica Poetica Freiburg is a German baroque instrumental ensemble consisting of a core of six musicians.

Find out more about Musica Poetica Freiburg

The Swale Singers are a popular choral society that sing songs from South Africa, Kent and around the world.

Find out more about the Swale Singers
The Kid Boyd Band a traditional Jazz band.

1 June 2013

Magdalena Filipczak returns to Swaledale Festival. Magdalena is a very talented, 24 year old, polish violinist and is classed as one of the best violinists of her generation.
Find out more about Magdalena Filipczak 

Leyland Band is one of the worlds finest brass ensembles from Lancashire. They have played all over the world including Norway, Australia and Luxemburg.

Find out more about Leyland Band 

2 June 2013

Sheep Pen Productions is a group of local actors and musicians in self-penned new production.

Northern Early Music Collective is a young ensemble that was born at the Swaledale Festival. The ensemble consists of a lute, a soprano, a violinist, cornets, sackbuts and a harpsichord.

3 June 2013

Prima Volta Ensemble is a classical improvisation ensemble. It is a unique experience of music in an intimate setting.

Find out more about Prima Volta Ensemble

Reeth Brass Band is a very popular band as is the Swaledale Festivals Home band. The band is made up of around 30 players.

Find out more about the Reeth Brass Band 

Hallé Orchestra Soloists  are some of the UKs top symphonic  ensembles.

Find out more about the Halle Orchestra Soloists

4 June 2013

Ursula Smith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Yale University. Ursula is a  cello soloist whose career has taken her all over the world.

Find out more about Ursula Smith 

The Hut People return to the Swaledale Festival with their hilarious and popular folk act.

Find out more about the Hut People.

Northern Sinfonia Wind Ensemble has built a distinctive reputation as a versatile orchestra. They return to the Swaledale Festival and are expected to be a full house again.

5 June 2013

Niamh ni Charra Duo are a popular Irish folk ensemble
Muker Band is one of Swaledale Festivals regular acts, with a wide following both in the Yorkshire Dales and further afield and have played around Europe in Holland, Luxemburg and Germany.   Repeat 5 June.
Find out more about the Muker Silver band 

Tetra Guitar Quartet was formed in 1988 and are celebrating their 25th anniversary year. The ensemble is sure to be a superb classical guitar quartet.
Find out more about the Tetra guitar Quartet

6 June 2013

Patricia Hammond is a mezzo-soprano and will be joined by Jean Kelly on the harp. We are sure this will be a very popular event.
Find out more about Patricia Hammond 

Niamh ni Charra Trio are a popular Irish trio including Niamh from Killarney in Ireland, who toured with River Dance for 8 years.
Find out more about Niamh ni Charra

7 June 2013

Lucinda Lambton aka Lady Worsthorne is a British writer, photographer and broadcaster on architecture. She returns to the Swaledale Festival for the 5th annual Reeth lecture.
Find out more about Lucinda Lambton

Contraband is a mixed local school choirs with Judith Weir.

Hawes Silver Prize Brass Band one of the Dales finest bands returns to the Swaledale Festival.

8 June 2013

Composer John Rutter says “Come and Sing”! There’s sure to be fierce competition for the tickets.

Richmond School Theatre – Monologues and Duologues.
Find out more about the Richmond School Theatre 

Graffiti Classics bring the Festival to a hilarious and virtuosic end.
Find out more about the Graffiti Classics