We are recruiting!

We are looking for a Festival Administrator to join our small and friendly team. 
Please click HERE for the job specification and application details. 
Application deadline - 30 September.


"A gem of an arts festival” - Marcus du Sautoy

The magic of Swaledale Festival has finished for another year!  We had classical guitar masters, champion brass bands, award-winning folk, cutting-edge saxophones, outrageous Celtic Gypsy Klezmer, comedy, theatre, film and stunning solos, duets, quartets and orchestras.  

We were treated to vihuelas, accordions, marimbas, harpschord, harp, kora and qanun - not to mention the theorbo (a lute so long it needed a special vehicle of its own!).  We featured national and international artists from Syria, Senegal, China, Australia, Canada, USA, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Argentina and Venezuela. And in amongst it all were quoits, impromptu clog dancing and a series of art exhibitions by local artists.

Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations featured in outstanding concerts by pianist Angela Hewitt and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, as well as in mathematician Marcus du Sautoy’s Reeth Lecture. The piece also made a surprise appearance in Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita’s enchanting performance.

Participatory events were stronger than ever: from printmaking with artist Chris Moss, to fell-running with local historian Heather Hodgson, to Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance - where twenty-five young dancers dazzled with ballet, jazz and folk routines. In one special Festival moment, audience members at The Young’uns sell-out concert stood up to join in with a haunting chorus they had learned at the singing workshop earlier in the day.

Sincere thanks go to our hard working volunteers who received special recognition when the Festival learned that it had won the most prestigious accolade available to a charity like ours - the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

The Festival is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, funders, donors, legacy givers, Festival Friends and Angels, as well as the tireless work and dedication of our loyal volunteers, our staff, and members of the Festival Board. Swaledale Festival receives support from Arts Council England and from generous sponsors including  Sherwoods (Vauxhall) of DarlingtonHandelsbanken, Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Kenneth Easby Accountants, T&R Theakston Ltd, Purple Creative StudioTennants Garden RoomsMillgate House B&B in Richmond, the Burgoyne Hotel in Reeth and the Bridge Inn in Grinton. We are also supported by a number of Local Businesses shown here. 


Artistic Director Malcolm Creese is already working hard on next year's programme. The dates are 25 May to 8 June 2019. We look forward to seeing you!

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, international harp and kora stars, who performed in Grinton Church on Monday 28 May 2018

Recent News

Percussion & cello maestros

Percussion & cello maestros

The award-winning percussionist Delia Stevens and cellist Abel Selaocoe visited Askrigg, West Burton and Bainbridge primary schools to deliver spellbinding performance and workshop sessions.
Another successful year...

Another successful year...

Swaledale Festival has finished for another year, with record ticket sales and many sold-out events.

Some wonderful news...

Some wonderful news...

Swaledale Festival has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service