Last August I spent a night in Pickering to be able to attend two concerts of this wonderful festival. Despite the lack of live music throughout the world, Jamie Walton (renowned cellist as well as Founder and Curator of the Festival) and his dedicated team managed to organise and present no less than ten performances to sold out (socially distanced) audiences each evening. This year, the thirteenth season of the Festival, has the theme of EPOCH. We will attend five concerts (including two lunchtime recitals) during our four night stay. The concert details are shown below.
We stay four nights at the White Swan Inn, situated in the heart of the historic market town of Pickering and the ideal base for our concerts and sightseeing over the coming days. The hotel is an historic 'golden stone' Inn. Vintage rooms in the main building are reached by stairs (1st and 2nd floors) but luggage will be taken to and from your room for you. In the courtyard at the rear of the hotel are 8 'Hideaway' rooms all with step-free access and walk-in showers. Please specify your choice of room type when booking.
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Pickering contains one of the most complete sets of medieval wall paintings in Britain and the town is also home to the North York Moors Historic Railway.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will have included visits to the market town of Helmsley, we travel by historic steam train to Whitby (hauled by steam locomotive subject to fire risks on the Moors), St Gregory's Minster at Kirkdale & Nunnington Hall (this year the Hall's 17th century Verdure tapestries are away for conservation work, In their place will hang The Essex House Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry. We also hope to include a visit to Ampleforth but this is dependent on covid restrictions. There will also be free time in Pickering to enjoy all that the town has to offer.
We will dine at the hotel on two evenings, in Helmsley on one evening and in Whitby on one evening.
Feeder coach pick-ups from Formby, Crosby, Liverpool, Worsley & Malton Station (closest mainline station to Pickering).
Please Note: Our final performance is on Friday lunchtime so if you are planning a train departure from Malton please book the 1559 departure to York and onwards if you wish to use the coach transfer.
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Covid related cancellation
If we are prevented from operating this holiday due to Government imposed Covid-19 restrictions you will be refunded in full. You must however ensure that your insurance policy provides you with personal Covid-19 cover in the unlikely event that you were forced to cancel or self-isolate.
You can experience Jamie's passion and determination in this Gramophone article:
Monday 16th August - 7pm
‘Turn of a Century’
Strauss - Piano Quartet in C minor op 13
Bartok - Piano Quintet in C
Tuesday 17th August – 7pm
Bowen - Clarinet Sonata in F minor op 109
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge
Howells - Rhapsodic Quintet op 31
Elgar - String Quartet in E minor op 83
Wednesday 18th August – 1pm
Asyla Oboe Quartet
Crick - A Dale’s Lament
Baker - Medieval Suite
Bennet - Weep - O Mine Eyes
Byrd - Ave Verum Corpus
Slater - Fractal Light
Mozart - Queen of the Night Aria
Talbot-Howard - Three Studies in Memory
Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro
Anna-Maunders - Whitworth Street West
Handel-Halvorsen - Passacaglia
Thursday 19th August – 7pm
Post War Paris’
Poulenc - Sonata for oboe and piano - Sonata for flute and piano
- Sonata for clarinet and piano
Prokofiev - Quintet in G minor op 39
Poulenc - Sonata for piano - oboe and bassoon
Friday 20th August – 1pm
Haydn - Piano trio in C major (Hob. XV:27)
Weir - Piano trio
Mendelssohn - Piano trio no 2 in C minor op 66
This final Young Artists concert is sponsored by Maestro! Touring