We are delighted to confirm William Sitwell and Zeb Soanes as narrators for Walton's Façade in our finale this year on August 25th. William is the great-nephew of Dame Edith Sitwell, whose poetry inspired William Walton to write Façade - and he is also to give a talk about his family, which gives the concert a particularly personal touch.
We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award again this year in the Arts & Culture category (Finalists) - results are announced on November 12th so we have ample opportunity between now and then to prove our worth!
Although tickets are yet to be released, we have three extra events this winter and tickets will be available as from August during the festival and then after. So, these are for the diary!
November 9th - Oculi ensemble at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby (6pm)
November 10th - Oculi Ensemble and Jamie Walton at St Peter & St Paul's Church, Pickering (3pm). This concert launches and unveils the 2019 festival
December 1st - Jack Liebeck, Jamie Walton, Ambra Albek, Katya Apekisheva and Adam Johnson perform at St Hilda's Priory (7pm) in a programme to include the Mendelssohn piano trios and Schumann's piano quartet
On May 27th at 3pm Jamie Walton will be performing J.S Bach's cello suites nos. 2, 3 & 4 at Christ Church, Appleton-le-Moors for charity. Tickets are £10 and ordered through Katrina Lane on 01751 417374
Thank you to all those who braved to snow to create such an impressive audience for Trio Ayriel on March 3rd - just goes to show how important music is to people's lives and why we must continue to deliver more!
Thank you to the Oculi Ensemble who returned, performing Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn to another full house. Touching to know that winter nights and venues in the heart of the moors don't hamper enthusiasm for concert goers! t
On November 4th at 7pm we unveiled the 2018 tenth anniversary Festival programme and released tickets - this took place at the glorious St Peter & St Paul church, Pickering to a full house despite the freezing outside temperatures! The Oculi Ensemble was joined by cellist Jamie Walton in a programme which included Mozart's String Quintet No.4 in G minor, Webern Langsamer Satz and Brahms String Sextet No.2 in G major.
£500 off to Yorkshire Air Ambulance - from selling Alice O'Neill's ice-creams at the festival intervals.
In the middle of this year's North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and a team of festival musicians took time to record two song cycles by Ravel: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé and his Chansons Madécasses. We will be releasing these later in the year alongside Ravel's magnificent piano trio with Hugo Ticciati, Katya Apekisheva and Jamie Walton.
This year's festival was the most successful to date - all eleven concerts enjoyed capacity audiences, some events selling out well in advance. We welcomed new faces too which is always a joy for us. What an incentive as we head towards our tenth anniversary!