July Newsletter

This is a fairly quick newsletter this month - events have caught up with me! We were meant to be on our way home from Greece this weekend, but thanks to vehicle problems we are rather stranded at the moment until the van can get back on the road. So I have been left with only a sporadic wifi and a lot to do that can't be done so well remotely as I would prefer. But hey! There are worse things than being stuck in Greece.

I really wanted to remind all you good people of a few things that are looming on the horizon.

The 2022 CD

We are now literally into the last 48 hours of our Kickstarter project for this year's Medieval Music in the Dales CD. This really is a wonderful collection of medieval music by an amazing line-up so if you haven't succumbed yet, take a look at the Kickstarter here and why not make a pledge?

I'm delighted to say that we have already made our target, so the CD is fully funded, but any and all extra monies raised go directly and only to support the festival. We are so close to making £2000, which would double our target!

The 2022 Medieval Music-Making Summer School

It is still possible to register for the Summer School so if you feel like 48 hours of inspirational music-making with our amazing tutors Lisa Pawelke, Stef Conner and Hanna Marti, please book soon at


Currently there are a couple of places left on Stef and Hanna's 'Create Your Own Medieval Music' and a few more placed on Lisa's 'Medieval Ensemble for Bas Instruments'. Book now if interested!

Last but not least, this year's Festival...

... and don't forget that the box office for this year's festival is open for business. If you want to join us this year at Bolton Castle, book your Festival Pass sooner rather than later, especially if you want to be sure of attending a particular workshop.

A quick reminder - a Festival Pass means you can:

  • attend any or all of the daytime concerts in St Oswald's Church at no extra charge on the day(s) of your Pass.

  • attend either or both of the early evening Chamber Concerts in St Mary's Chamber on the day(s) of your Pass. These are open ONLY to Festival Pass holders, at no extra charge, and are a lovely way to experience the castle after hours, with great music in the perfect setting.

  • book for a workshops on the day(s) of your Pass - there is an extra charge for these and they are open only to Festival Pass holders.

  • attend the 'Terry in the Tavern' sessions on Friday and Saturday evening - these are open ONLY to Festival Pass holders at no extra charge.

  • attend the Tavern in the evenings after the Castle closes to the general public

  • camp on site - you need also to purchase a Camping Pass, but camping is ONLY available to Festival Pass holders

So a Festival Pass really is the best way to experience the festival!

I have a limited amount of nearby accommodation available for people attending the festival - let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in this.


Well, this has been rather a purposeful newsletter this year and it feels like I am just nagging you to do stuff! So to close, here is a snatch of our time in Greece. This is Paul (of Trouvere) playing the cantiga U alguen a Jesú Cristo (281) outside the 12th century church of the Hodogetria (later and now Agia Sofia) at Monemvasia. This is played on a medieval-style transverse flute, which is rather fitting for its Byzantine setting.

All the best to you all! Gill

Gill Page

Director Medieval Music in the Dales




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