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 take place in neighbouring St Oswald's, the small but perfectly formed parish church 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
Illustrated talks on medieval music and history
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!
Image: British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts with design by Stephen Bell.
Planned for future years...
2021: Medieval Women: Music Makers and Muses. Investigating, highlighting and celebrating the contribution of women as medieval musicians, composers, performers, patrons and subjects of music.
2022: Transitions: The Fifteenth Century. With a joint theme of medieval instrument making and maintenance.
2023: Ludus: Mystery, Miracle and Mirth. Storytelling, drama, mystery and foolery in medieval music.
The lineup for 2021 is pretty much decided, but if you feel you have a concert programme and/or workshop idea that fits our themes, just get in touch as soon as possible.