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North York Moors Chamber Music Festival - 4 nights and 5 concerts based in Pickering

4 Nights: 22 - 26 August 2023

£1195 per person sharing a twin or king Vintage or Hideaway room
£1395 per person sole use of king Vintage or Hideaway room

Includes: 4 nights bed & breakfast at the 4* White Swan Pickering, 3 evening concerts and 2 lunchtime / afternoon concerts, transfers from Northwest pick-up points and all transportation during the tour, 2 dinners with wine, 1 supper with wine, award-winning Fish & Chips supper and all entrance fees.

This year will mark our 3rd visit to the unique North York Moors Chamber Music Festival - remarkable not only for the outstanding standard of musicianship and performance but especially the unique leadership, enthusiasm and inspiration of festival Founder and Curator, Jamie Walton. Jamie was one of the few folk on the planet to achieve (against all odds) live performances WITH audience in the summer of 2020 (no less than 10 of them!). This year, the 15th season of the Festival, has the theme of INTO THE LOOKING GLASS. We visit during the second week of the festival and attend five concerts (including the grand finale) during our four night stay. The concert details are shown below.

Once again, we have taken over the excellent White Swan Inn for our four night stay. The hotel is 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 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will have included visits to the market town of Helmsley, the historic home of the Dukes of Norfolk, Castle Howard, and a full programme of sightseeing to some of the delightful villages and estates of the area.

We will dine at the hotel on two evenings, in Helmsley on one evening and 'at the seaside' on one evening - all meals include wines and soft drinks.

Feeder coach pick-ups from our usual Northwest and Fylde pick up points and Malton Station (closest mainline station to Pickering).

Please Note: This year our final performance is on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. If you are making your own travel arrangements we suggest a departure from Malton after 430pm (currently 512pm 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 for the deposit of £400 per person. The final balance is due 15th June.

You can experience Jamie's passion and determination in this Gramophone article:

Concert details:

Tuesday 22 August - 7pm  Welburn Marquee   It's my Own Invention 
J.S. Bach "Three or One" - Fred Thomas Trio
Here is Johann Sebastian Bach in transfigured light: with organ chorale preludes, vocal cantata movements and orchestral sinfonias – 24 pieces in all – transcribed for trio and solo piano by Fred Thomas, and threaded into a compelling new sequence by Manfred Eicher.

Wednesday 23 August - 2pm  St Hedda's Egton Bridge  Metamorphosis
Johannes Brahms
 - Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op 115
Richard Strauss - Metaporhosen for string septet

Thursday 24 August - 7pm  Welburn Marquee  Curiouser & Curiouser
Sergei Prokofiev - Five Melodies op 35b
Bela Bartók- Contrasts
György Kurtág – Hommage à Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann – Piano trio no 3 in G minor op 110

Friday 25 August - 7pm  St Mary's Lastingham  Which Dreamed It?
Robert Schumann – Adagio and Allegro op 70 for horn and piano
Claude Debussy – Première Rhapsody for clarinet and piano
Robert Schumann – Märchenerzählungen op 132*
Claude Debussy – Le Cathédral Egloutie
Thomas Adès – Three Berceuses from ‘The Exterminating Angel’
Mark Simpson– Nachtstück
Oliver Messiaen – Appel Interstellaire for solo horn

Saturday 26 August - 2pm  Welburn Marquee  Waking
Franz Schubert – Piano quintet in A major D667 (‘Trout’)*
Camille Saint-Saëns – The Carnival of the Animals (arr.)

A note about Welburn Marquee - the pandemic of 2020 and last minute restrictions on performance venues gave rise to one of the unique aspects of the Festival - the Marquee at Welburn Manor Estate. Open sided on pleasant evenings, the solid wood floor and custom designed back boards create an excellent soundscape for chamber music - so much so that it has now become a permanent fixture of the festival.   

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.

Just returned from 'the Steps of Chopin' tour to Warsaw, Paris & Nohant. We are still on 'cloud 9' having had an experience of a lifetime on a holiday that was full of unique events
WS & DM, Sheffield

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