Set upon the majestic North York Moors National Park, our festival embraces many unique qualities which capacity audiences and loyal followers have engaged with for over ten years now.

International musicians who express their talents in an atmosphere of friendship and celebration, perform in nine of the most extraordinary historical churches this region has to offer, nestled within hamlets, dales, remote moorland and coastal villages.  Each venue contains its own ambience and mystery which the audiences - and the music - bring to life.  This chemistry creates a community.

Each year we take you the listener through a specific theme, exploring some thrilling repertoire within the context of the environment in which we are privileged to be part of.  This is when the moors are rampant with heather and the vast expanse of our National Park comes into its own.

At each concert we present a gallery of works by resident photographer Paul Ingram and limited edition CDs of the recordings we've produced under Ayriel Classical, which we hope to expand upon as we grow with the label and the studio. 

Affordability and inclusiveness are prominent aspects of our philosophy which is why you will experience a sense of camaraderie and informality, something our late friend and Patron Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was particularly drawn to.  Music is, whilst without compromise, for everyone. . .

 

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Among the most impressive of its kind in Britain
— The Telegraph