2020 Spring Festival


We are sorry to announce that, owing to the spread of Covid-19, the 2020 spring festival is cancelled.

Welcome to the programme for our fifth New Paths Spring Festival!

The first week of April will see Beverley filled with life-affirming music, as the New Paths artists return to this beautiful corner of Yorkshire for a festival packed with concerts, community events, a bookclub, a ceilidh, pop-up performances, an art exhibition and more.

Here we pick out a dozen highlights: we hope you enjoy browsing, and look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Celtic celebration

From mountain to glen, from many corners of the British Isles, we delve into all manner of Celtic music, both traditional and more recent. A highlight will be the return of Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band for our Saturday-night bash!

Eastern infusion

An exploration of diverse Asian influences on western music, from the Far East, to Jewish prayers and Arabian legends.

Immortal Beethoven

We mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a daily dose of his chamber music – from his earliest piano trio, to one of his latest quartets.

Song of Songs

An exhibition of exquisite linocuts by Andrew Anderson, inspired by love poetry in the Canticles, and by East Anglian country churches, displayed in the North Transept of Beverley Minster.


Every day will see an informal pop-up performance by our artists in different corners of the town – keep your eyes peeled.

Sing Beverley!

We are thrilled to be working with Beverley primary schools over the weeks before the festival, in the first ever New Paths schools’ singing project.

Daily talks

The talks in our festivals have proved so popular that we present more than ever before. A chance to hear leading thinkers shining a light on aspects of the programme.

Rush hour

From The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet, to Beethoven’s blissful Septet, each afternoon of the festival ends with a feature performance. The perfect way to bring daytime to a close and prime yourself for the evening.

Living music

The programme is replete with works by contemporary composers including Judith Weir, Martin Bussey, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and James MacMillan.

After hours

Late-night performances of music philosophical and spiritual in the peaceful surroundings of St John of Beverley RC Church and the Quire of Beverley Minster.

Cornerstone composers

We continue our ongoing survey of music by our cornerstone composers, Schumann and Brahms, this year focussing on their rich song output.


Our first ever bookclub! Read Notes from an Exhibition in advance, and meet its bestselling author Patrick Gale in interview with Petroc Trelawny on Sunday.