Welcome to the tenth North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Great music in the heart of the National Park . . .


Do join us in 2018 for our tenth anniversary . . .

Eleven concerts adapt to the specific acoustics of each church, building a story-line to portray the overall theme. Affordable yet of the highest quality, we invite you all to join us on a revelatory journey this year, celebrating great and lesser known British music.  The composer Michael Tippett lived and worked in the area during the 1930s and indeed wrote his first piano sonata and string quartet up here, both featured in the festival.  This creates the foundation for the festival theme, to be explored in more depth this August both in the brochure and on the stage.

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Tickets: £12.50

Season ticket: £115

Children and any adult under 30 - free admission

Box office: 07722 038990



Sunday, August 12, 2018



St Peter & Paul Church (map)

Arnold Fantasy for Horn op 88

Bridge Piano quintet in D minor

Bax Octet*

MacMillan For Max

Elgar Piano quintet in A minor op 84

*denotes interval

Monday, August 13, 2018



St Mary's Church (map)

Britten Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria (organ)

Knussen/Benjamin/Matthews A Purcell Garland

Adès Catch; Court Studies from The Tempest*

Tippett Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi (organ)

Maxwell Davies String quartet movement op 338

Bridge String quartet No 3

*denotes interval

Wednesday, August 15, 2018



All Saints' Church (map)

Elgar Violin sonata in E minor op 82

Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22*

Tippett The Heart’s Assurance

Elgar Sea Pictures op 37; Sospiri

*denotes interval

Friday, August 17, 2018



St Aidan's Church (map)

Tippett Overture to Robin Hood

Britten Les llluminations op 18*

Walton Sonata for Strings

Dowland Go Crystal Tears; Flow My Tears

Purcell Music for a While; When I am Laid in Earth

*denotes interval

Saturday, August 18, 2018



St Hedda's Church (map)

Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor op 20

Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli*

Goss Concerto for Theorbo and Strings

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis

*denotes interval

Sunday, August 19, 2018



St Hilda's Church (map)

Dowland - Johnson - Campion - Purcell   

Songs for Lute, Theorbo and Soprano

(no interval)  Concert is followed by tea and cakes

Monday, August 20, 2018



St Stephen's Church (map)

Tippett String quartet no 1

Adès The Four Quarters*    

Vaughan Williams  Nocturne

Vaughan Williams Phantasy quintet

Imogen Holst String quintet

*denotes interval

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Silent Noon

O H P St Hilda's Priory (map)

Tippett Piano sonata no 1

Tippett Caliban’s Song

Vaughan Williams The House of Life

(no interval)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


At the River

O H P St Hilda's Priory (map)

Leighton Fantasy on an American Hymn Tune op 70

Clarke Dumka

Bridge Phantasy trio no 1 in C minor*

Bax Piano quintet in G minor

*denotes interval

Friday, August 24, 2018


Refrains & Choruses

St Oswald's Church (map)

Arnold Wind quintet op 2

Knussen Three Little Fantasies

Imogen Holst Fall of the Leaf (Adagio)

Melinda Maxwell Pibroch*

Birtwistle Refrains and Choruses

Gustav Holst Wind quintet op 14

Arnold Sea Shanties

*denotes interval

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Suites & Scenes

St Hilda's Church Westcliff (map)

Elgar Imperial March (organ)

Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge op 10

Palmer Eggs or Anarchy*

Pre-Façade talk by William Sitwell

Walton Façade: An Entertainment


*denotes interval