Held in late September of each year, the Beverley Chamber Music Festival – now run by New Paths – brings world-class music to the delightful market town of Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Concerts take place in St Mary’s Church, an exceptionally beautiful medieval church at the heart of Beverley’s handsome ‘Georgian quarter’.
Martin Roscoe has been the Artistic Director of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival since its inception, and he and New Paths’ Artistic Director Libby Burgess are now Co-Artistic Directors of BCMF. In its quarter-century history the festival has welcomed an exceptional roster of artists to the East Riding, from violinists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike to pianists Peter Donohoe and John Lill, from clarinettist Emma Johnson and soprano Joan Rogers to ensembles such as London Winds, the Opera North Brass ensemble, and the Maggini, Lindsay, Carducci and Ŝkampa Quartets.
The festival was started in 1993 by the artists’ agency Hazard Chase and was run by them for eight years. In 2001, after their withdrawal, a local committee was created to take the event forward and to seek to guarantee its longer-term future. In 2018 the latest chapter of the festival’s history arrived, with the handing over of the festival to New Paths Music.
The Festival has been funded for many years by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with additional support from local sponsors and Festival Friends and Patrons.
The next Beverley Chamber Music Festival runs from 25th to 28th September 2019. Sign up to our mailing list to receive further updates as they become available.