Beverley Chamber Music Festival was started in 1993 by the artists’ agency Hazard Chase and was run by them for eight years. Martin Roscoe has been the Artistic Director of the Festival since its inception, and in 2001, a local committee was created to support the artistic integrity of the event and to guarantee its future.
The 2017 the Festival will open on Wednesday 27th September and close on Saturday 30th September. It is our 25th Festival, and concert details are on our events page. For those who like to plan ahead, provisional dates for future years are 26-29 Sept 2018, 25-28 Sept 2019, and 23-26 Sept 2020.
The Festival, which is a registered charity, 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 Beverley Chamber Music Festival is a jewel in the local concert calendar and has attracted attention nationally and internationally, with musicians appearing and returning to experience its special atmosphere.
The Festival brings to Beverley a varied and exciting roster of visiting artists. This has included violinists, Tasmin Little, Matthew Trusler, and Jennifer Pike, pianists Peter Donohoe, John Lill and Jin Ju, clarinettists Emma Johnson, Michael Collins and Mark Simpson, and singers Joan Rogers, Clare Bradshaw and Julia Riley. Chamber ensembles have included London Winds, the Opera North Brass Ensemble, the Trio Wanderer and among String Quartets the Sorrel, the Maggini, the Lindsay, Coull, Vertavo, Carducci and Ŝkampa Quartets have all visited us.
A broad and thriving educational programme is very important to the Festival. We have workshops, masterclasses for beginners, talented young musicians, and occasionally adults too, in partnership with the East Riding Schools’ Music Service. We have had massed horns, more string quartets than you could count, harps en masse and 18 bassoonists in a row as well as high level coaching for more advanced students. This gives our young musicians the opportunity to work with the high calibre of artists who visit the Festival.