New Paths launched in 2016 and sees Beverley hosting concerts, community events and sparkling music-making by some of the country’s finest young professional singers, chamber musicians and organists. 

Dedicated to the memory of the late Alan Spedding, long-time Director of Music at the Minster, New Paths draws on his superlative musicianship and his tireless generosity in sharing it with others. Our very first event was a Come & Sing performance of Fauré’s Requiem, held in his memory. The packed Minster welcomed 180 singers and a huge audience, and raised over £2000 for the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund, creating bursaries for talented young musicians on the Oundle for Organists summer school.

Our inaugural spring festival in April 2016 saw every corner of the town resounding with music: world-class chamber concerts at St Mary’s, atmospheric late-night events in the Minster, children’s concerts, talks, barbershop singing over drinks, masterclasses for local young musicians, and a community programme taking music to those who are not normally able to hear it.

New Paths takes its name from Schumann’s description of the young Brahms’ music: these ‘neue Bahnen’ or ‘new paths’ were taking music in a new direction. Here we, like Brahms, combine the best of the old with the best of the new. Let the New Paths lead to Beverley!