Artists Heading to North Yorkshire for Chamber Music Festival

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Young up-and-coming musicians from the Royal Academy of Music will join major artists from the world of classical music at this year’s North York Moors Chamber Music Festival.

Four quartets and a trio of talented young musicians will perform a series of lunchtime Young Artists’ Recitals throughout August – and tickets are just £10 each, or free for under-30s.

Three of the recitals will take place in St Hilda’s Church, West Cliff, Whitby, marking a return to the church venues where the festival started 13 years ago. The other two will take place in a specially adapted socially distanced marquee in the grounds of Welburn Manor Farm, near Kirkbymoorside, which is also the venue for the main festival for a second year running.

All of the Young Artists’ Recitals will take place from 1pm. At St Hilda’s Church. They are:

  • Monday 9 August: Salwa Quartet (Britten, Bridge and Hensel)
  • Thursday 12 August: Hill Quartet (Mozart and Ravel)
  • Wednesday 18 August: Asyla Oboe Quartet (programme to include works by Mozart and Puccini)

And at Welburn Manor:

  • Sunday 15 August: Jubilee Quartet (Haydn and Schubert)
  • Friday 20 August: Trio Mazzolini (Haydn and Mendelssohn)

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

“World-class musicians”

Festival director Jamie Walton says: “We’re delighted that this year the festival is able to return to a local church. Particularly as for many the journey takes in the spectacular views of the North York Moors. These talented young groups are all from the Royal Academy of Music and have wonderful careers ahead of them – and you can hear them in Whitby for just a tenner!”

The hugely popular festival this year runs from Saturday 7 to Saturday 21 August. It’s known for attracting world-class musicians to the area. This year they will perform dazzling repertoire around the theme of ‘Epoch’, with ten main concerts featuring music by many epoch-defining composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Elgar.

The line-up for the main festival includes tenor James Gilchrist, and oboist Nicholas Daniel. There’s also clarinettist Matthew Hunt, local mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley, and violinists Benjamin Baker and Charlotte Scott. Many others from the classical music industry who regular collaborate with one another all over the world will appear too.

Tickets for each main festival concert are £12.50, and free for under-30s. A season ticket for all ten North York Moors Chamber Music Festival costs £100. Tickets for the Young Artists Recitals are £10 each and free for under-30s. To book call 07722 038990, or visit


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