Series 2 Episode 7 Behind the scenes at the Swaledale Festival


23 Feb
23Feb

Organising the programme for the annual Swaledale Festival is a huge task and Malcolm Creese, Artistic Festival Director, talks to Susan about the history and running of this event. He works with a small team throughout the year and then, during the festival, they are assisted by a willing band of volunteers.  

About the Festival:

The annual Swaledale Festival encompasses 60+ high-quality music, arts and walking events throughout Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale, including classical, folk and world music, art exhibitions, films, dance, poetry, talks, workshops and an extensive community and education programme. The Festival has won numerous awards and is highly regarded nationally and internationally. It makes a major contribution to the economy of the Dales through its own activities and through the thousands of people it attracts to its events.

The Festival in numbers:

  • Swaledale Festival has an audience of 8,500+
  • 99% of our audience rate the Festival as excellent or good
  • The Festival has a high-profile presence at 26+ venues across the sublime landscape of the three uppermost Dales, a tourist destination known for its outstanding natural beauty
  • The Festival takes place across roughly 900 square miles making it geographically the second largest Festival in the UK

The Young Artists Platform was launched in 2008 and consists of an annual series of concerts by young musicians early in their careers.  In the last few years Swaledale Festival has featured concerts by BBC Young Musicians of the Year winners Nicholas Daniel, Emma Johnson, Natalie Clein, Peter Moore and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, as well as concerto finalists Juliet Bausor, Charlotte Barbour-Condini and Jess Gillam. These performers were already well-known as top professional soloists and their presence at the Festival undoubtedly inspired our audiences - particularly youngsters interested in pursuing careers in music.

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