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, taking place in North Yorkshire every September. 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.
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? "
Medieval Music in the Dales is also...
From our beginnings in 2016, we have grown to be and do more than our wonderful September weekend at Bolton Castle. Medieval Music in the Dales is also a community of medieval music enthusiasts collaborating on projects together, socialising online and in company. It operates to promote research into and performance of medieval music, and to support musicians active in medieval music-making. And with the COVID-19 crisis of 2020, we also took the plunge and started an Online Festival to operate alongside our live festival.
Coming up this year... A Dance In Italy
With everything happening in 2020, we were forced to cancel our festival and ended up postponing the whole thing to 2021, to take place 17-19 September. However, now of course things are still a little (shall we say...) unpredictable. Here is how things currently stand. We have the firm intention to stage a live festival at Bolton Castle in September - but we don't think we can carry on exactly as we intended with a straight replay of the festival planned for 2020. In particular, the large amount of wonderful communal dancing we had planned simply seems a step too far under the present circumstances. We don't want to do medieval dancing by half measures!
So we have reluctantly decided to postpone the Dance element of our festival to 2023. But we still intend to go ahead with a varied and wonderful music programme focusing on Italian music and dance music - and we are also planning a Summer School in the days leading up to the festival. More news coming soon.
Image: British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts with design by Stephen Bell.
And... the second MMitD Online Festival
After the massive success of our first experimental Online Festival , we are now planning to have an annual online event every March. So MMitD Online 2021 will take place on March 19th -21st 2021. The programme is here, where you can also find links to the Box Office to book your ticket!
We were bowled over by the reach of our first online event and we really hope that lots of you will be along to join us once again this March.
You can find out more about our first Online Festival in September 2020 here.
Planned for future years...
2022: Medieval Women: Music Makers and Muses. Investigating, highlighting and celebrating the contribution of women as medieval musicians, composers, performers, patrons and subjects of music.
2023: Transitions: The Fifteenth Century. With a joint theme of medieval Dance - postponed from 2020!
2024: Ludus: Mystery, Miracle and Mirth. Storytelling, drama, mystery and foolery in medieval music.
If you feel you have a concert programme and/or workshop idea that fits our themes for any of 2022, 2023 and 2024, just get in touch as soon as possible.