The countdown is on! Rehearsals are underway, programme books are rolling off the printing press, trains and hotels have been booked… Next week, beautiful Beverley will be filled with musicians and festivalgoers from across the land.

Newbegin, one of many beautifully named streets in Beverley

Tickets have been flying off the shelf, and many festival events are now sold out. Don’t despair though – there are some hot tickets still available if you’re quick.

MAGIC LANTERN TALES picks up on the nation’s current pensive mood. Vaughan Williams illuminates evocative AE Housman poems, while Cheryl Frances-Hoad sets the words of Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan, telling wartime stories from Lancaster. Alongside this is wonderful Scottish folk music from the Maxwell Quartet.

Watch the Maxwell Quartet play Da Full Rigged Ship / Da New Rigged Ship

All creatives draw on the inspiring people around them as they look for their own stories to tell. Join award-winning soprano Aoife Miskelly and flautist Matthew Featherstone in DEDICATION, a beautiful coffee-time programme showing inspirations and dedications from both sides of the Channel.

Watch Aoife Miskelly & Libby Burgess perform Debussy

In RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT we welcome a spectacular array of percussion instruments to St Mary’s for Bartok’s gripping Sonata, heard alongside songs full of Irish longing by Joan Trimble – in her time one of the country’s best known musicians. Chris Hopkins and Libby Burgess brought the house down with their performance of Rite of Spring last year: join them as they’re reunited for an even greater feat of virtuosity.

Chris Hopkins and Libby Burgess after performing The Rite of Spring in 2021

OPUS ALPHA celebrates the beginnings of composers’ stories through their first published works. From Amy Beach and Fanny Mendelssohn to Edward Elgar and Gabriel Fauré, take a look at where these celebrated names began. Also on the menu is the ravishing piano quintet by Dohnányi – declared by Brahms to be better than he could have written himself.

Martin Roscoe – who stars in Dohnányi’s Quintet

Finally, don’t forget our FREE EVENTS – daily breakfast concerts to start your day at Toll Gavel United Church, and talks featuring engaging, celebrated speakers. And if you know someone under 18 or in full-time education, don’t forget they’re entitled to a GOLDEN TICKET for any festival event (subject to availability).

‘Inspire!’ strings

The events of recent days have reminded us of the power of music to move and to console. We’re proud that so many New Paths performers have been at the heart of events of such national significance.

Whether you’re still looking to reflect, or whether you’re ready for something more upbeat, we can’t wait to join with you in the East Riding next week.