A festival celebrating the beauty of the North York Moors will bring soaring classical music to historic churches across the National Park next month.
The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, now in its ninth year, takes place from Sunday 13 to Saturday August 26. It has been shortlisted this year for a Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award.
The festival will bring over 40 classical artists to perform 50 different works in ten churches at Danby, Egton Bridge, Fylingdales, Guisborough, Helmsley, Lastingham, Lythe, Pickering, Sneaton Castle and Whitby.
The festival’s founder and artistic director is renowned cellist Jamie Walton, who lives in the North York Moors. His mission is to bring music to more remote locations and make it accessible for all.
He said: “Each year we take our audiences through a specific theme, exploring thrilling music within the context of the environment we are so privileged to be part of. August is when the moors are rampant with heather and the vast expanse of our National Park comes into its own.
“As we approach our tenth year, the festival is going from strength to strength. Last year we launched our own record label and we are due to release our next recording in September.
“Plans are also underway to equip and convert a barn into a recording studio upon the moors in time for our tenth anniversary.”
Composers covered include Elgar, Schumann, Liszt and Beethoven.