North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

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4 Nights: 16 - 20 August 2021
£985 per person sharing a twin or king Vintage or Hideaway room
£1185 per person sole use of king Vintage or Hideaway room
Includes: 4 nights bed & breakfast at the White Swan, 3 evening concerts and 2 lunchtime concerts, transfers from Northwest pick-up points and all transportation during the tour, a journey to Whitby on the North York Moors Railway, 2 dinners with wine, 1 supper with wine, Fish & Chips in Whitby (at the 2019 National Award Winner!) all entrance fees.

JUST 2 PLACE REMAINING....... 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 EPOCHWe 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.

To Book please click the 'Book This Tour' button above right. Our team will then confirm your place and send you a secure payment link (deducting any credits that we are holding for you from cancelled 2020 tours).

Financial Security for UK Holidays
From 1st May 2021 all monies paid to Maestro! for UK based holidays are held in a Trust Account administered by Travel Trust Services Ltd. In order to guarantee your complete financial security, these monies are only released to Maestro once the tour has been concluded. When we charge your credit or debit card for UK holidays the payment credits directly into the Trust Account.

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:

Concert details:

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
‘Through War’
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
Trio Mazzolini
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

The White Swan Inn, Market Place, Pickering
The 15th century frescoes at St Peter & Paul's Pickering
The evening 'Concert Marquee' at Welburn Manor
we include a journey across the Moors to Whitby
A Hideaway Room at the White Swan Inn

To request your place, please click the link above and fill out the Booking Form. We will then send you a payment link for the deposit or full payment as appropriate. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on: 0800 678 5747 or email

We wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for the super London trip, it really was wonderful, the meals, concerts and the ballet, all exceeded expectations. Thank you. Please could you also thank the rest of the team, trips like that take superb organisation, and you have a great team.
JS & ES, Chester

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