The festival takes you on a tour through and much of the National Park and along the spectacular Jurassic coastline. We are incredibly fortunate to have these extraordinary historic buildings, some which date back to the Anglo-Saxons. In a sense the concert begins the moment you set out to travel over the moors to your destination - the landscape is very much part of the artistic experience.
St HIldA’s CHurch, Danby
Nestled within the dale of Danby, remote and in the heart of the National Park, this church still possesses its Saxon tower and remains one of our most enigmatic and popular venues. This lunchtime concert, which often sells out well in advance, marks the centre point of the festival and is traditionally followed by refreshments within marquees outside. Early booking advised. .
ST OSWALD’S CHURCH, LYTHE
Perched just above the cliffs north of Whitby along the Jurassic coast, this intimate church also houses a museum of Viking and Celtic remains discovered within its grounds. Take your interval drink overlooking the sea . .
St Peter & St Paul, Pickering
Dominating the market town of Pickering, the interior walls within St Peter & St Paul reveal 14th century frescoes and glorious acoustics. This venue hosts the opening concert of the festival, the celebratory nature of the music matching the magnificence of the architecture.
ALL SAINT’S CHURCH, HELMSLEY
The market town of Helmsley is one of the most idyllic in the region and All Saints' Church is very much at the heart of it. Gloriously spacious and atmospheric, an emotionally evocative programme will be brought alive by its resonance.
ALL SAINTS’ ChURCH, KIRKBYMOORSIDE
Tucked away behind the sleepy village of Kirkbymoorside at the foot of the National Park, the intimate church of All Saints’ is a new venue for our festival this year. Its warmth in atmosphere as well as acoustics helped us make the easy decision to include it.
ST HILDA’S CHURCH, WESTCLIFF, WHITBY
Originally intended to be a Cathedral, this splendid church is traditionally where we always stage our grand finales for which the musicians, who have collaborated and shared over the course of the festival, come together to form a large ensemble. Place in the heart of Whitby's west side, it's a fitting venue for a great celebration and conclusion.
ST AIDAN'S CHURCH, BOOSBECK
Capacious in its interior with glorious acoustics, this charming church rests just above the North York Moors National Park, north east of Guisborough as you head into the Tees Valley. St Aidan's is a cruciform building of stone in the Norman style, erected in 1900.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH, FYLINGDALES
Positioned on the cusp of Robin Hood's Bay, a characterful fisherman's village deep down at the base of the cliffs, the church's Gothic interior lends itself well to music of dramatic nature, which will come alive once the sun sets and the church imposes its dominance through silhouette.
ST HEDDA’S CHURCH, EGTON BRIDGE
It is unusual to stumble across a large Catholic church positioned as it is within this stunning lush valley on the North York Moors near Glaisdale. Its grandeur lends itself to large ensembles and in particular through music for strings.
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