Medieval Music in the Dales is England’s festival of medieval music. Totally unique in the UK, it’s a glorious weekend dedicated solely to enjoying medieval music. The setting is absolutely stunning – glorious Bolton Castle, built in 1399 by the noble Scrope family and still in the ownership of their descendants to this day. Concerts and illustrated talks take place in neighbouring St Oswald’s, the small but perfectly formed parish church which stands in the shadow of the castle.
Over the weekend, the Castle comes to life with music in every corner. It’s true living history and a chance to make this magnificent setting your home for the weekend – or just for the day. Whether you want to play, dance, learn or simply sit back and soak up the wonderful sounds, this is for you.
- At least thirty different bands and solo musicians performing over the weekend
- Workshop for beginners with instruments to borrow or hire
- Workshops and one-on-one tuition for experienced players
- Loads of informal playing!
- Camping on site or a wealth of holiday accommodation in the area
What they say…
“just beautiful surroundings and a very well organised festival”
“a wonderful, unique event”
“amazing atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the location is outstanding”
“everyone in the tavern was singing the chorus of a twelfth century song in Latin – how cool is that? ”
Coming up this year… A Dance In Italy
In 2020, we are celebrating medieval dance. And as most of the surviving dance music comes from Italy, we will also be focusing on medieval music from that glamorous and sophisticated land.
There’ll be stacks of dance performances, dance workshops, workshops about playing for dancing… as well as the usual satisfying pot-pourri of concerts from top performers, plus instrumental and vocal workshops – including the return of The Festival Choir!
Timetables for this year’s festival can be found here – and they will be joined with full details of the line-up of concerts, workshops and exhibitors very soon.