2018 FESTIVAL: 5TH – 8TH APRIL 2018

Welcome to the third New Paths festival in Beverley, our biggest festival yet. We have four days packed with more concerts than ever before, featuring song, chamber music, organ playing, and choral singing. The earlier part of the week will see a series of Warm-Up community events, starting with The Easter Sing – our annual come and sing event – and featuring children’s concerts, music workshops, and a whole-day organ event at Selby Abbey. We look forward to welcoming you to Beverley after Easter!

Click here to view or download the 2018 festival brochure in pdf form.

Look out for…

Image of Lewis Chessmen (AD 1150 – 1220) © the Trustees of the British Museum

Viking Invasion

A celebration of Nordic culture – our Yorkshire ancestors! – featuring Scandinavian artists, composers and language.


A nod towards Beverley’s best-known festival, we explore folk influences in classical music, culminating in our Festival Ceilidh on Saturday night.

Finzi Day

Thanks to generous support from the Finzi Friends, we profile this special English composer on Thursday, in his choral, instrumental and song works.

Musical takeover of Beverley

An entire day of music all over the town: from the Beck to Saturday Market, hear world-class music for free! Prizes for those who complete the trail.

Westwood Resounds

New Paths is for everyone! We hold free concerts for children, The Easter Sing for all, and a big project at Frederick Holmes School for children with profound and multiple needs.

Philip Larkin, 1968, bromide print by Godfrey Argent (1937-2006) © National Portrait Gallery London.

Poets’ Corner

Local man Larkin headlines a musical exploration of poets, from Auden and Hardy to Dehmel and Kerner, plus a staged piece looking at TS Eliot from the perspective of his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Organ project

In conjunction with the Royal College of Organists, we present an organ day at Selby Abbey: a recital by Nicholas Wearne, a masterclass for our resident organ students, and a chance for young pianists to try the organ. In Beverley on Sunday, hear Swedish virtuoso Gunnar Idenstam.

Burrell at 70

Every year we have commissioned new music from leading composers, and this year we are proud to be giving a world premiere of songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano by Diana Burrell, in her 70th birthday year (kindly funded by the Finzi Friends).

Musical friendships

Our cornerstone composers Schumann and Brahms (after whose Neue Bahnen we are named) continue to feature, their musical friendship inspiring other pairings in our programmes.

The Easter Sing

We continue our popular come and sing tradition with a varied programme of Easter music ranging from Messiah choruses to gospel. Something for everyone, under the fantastic conductorship of Joanna Tomlinson.

Children’s workshops

New Paths artists lead organ, singing, and brass workshops for local young musicians. A great way to fill the school holidays.

Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge

The choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, under Richard Pinel, sings services in the Minster and St Mary’s, as well as featuring in our Songs of Praise concert on Sunday.