About New Paths

New Paths launched in 2016 and has quickly established itself as one of the most important and exciting new festivals in the land. New Paths sees Beverley hosting concerts, community events and sparkling music-making by some of the country’s finest singers, chamber musicians and organists, with our trademark combination of world-class concerts and feet-on-the-ground community involvement, reaching out to children, to old people, and to all corners of the town. 

Founded by former Minster chorister Roland Deller, and artistically directed by pianist Libby Burgess, New Paths has attracted national interest for its bold programming, its wonderful venues, and the beautiful town of Beverley itself, which combine to make this an unmissable festival. The joyful buzz of New Paths comes from the passion and energy of our performers, but also from the warmth and commitment of the audience.

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. New Paths, as a charity, is committed to a vigorous presence of music in our culture: we believe that music enriches lives and we strive to bring music to all corners of the community.

In 2018 New Paths was asked to take on the long-running Beverley Chamber Music Festival, of which Martin Roscoe and Libby Burgess are now joint Artistic Directors. This September festival stands at the opposite end of the year, complementing and enhancing what is offered in our flagship spring festival.

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!

New Paths Music Limited is a charity with registered charity number 1176545. It is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 1 September 2017 with company number 10941917. Our vision is to be widely recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting arts festivals in the UK and as a leading provider of excellent in music through performance and education. Our mission is to provide inspiring musical experiences which contribute to the social, cultural, educational and economic well-being of the region and to the artistic life of the UK.