Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Benyounes Quartet hasCurrently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Benyounes Quartet has forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and interpretations of refinement and integrity. Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship, the quartet’s international accolades include 2nd prize at both the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition and the International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest.
The Benyounes Quartet has established a presence at major venues including Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and at festivals such as Budapest Spring, Quatuors a Bordeaux, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and West Cork Chamber Music. The quartet has had the pleasure to play chamber music with internationally renowned artists including Julian Bliss, Philip Higham, Jeremy Young, Navarra quartet, Gareth Hulse, Ben Johnson and Philippe Bernold. Since 2015 the Benyounes have taken over the Artistic Directorship of Alfriston Summer Music, a highly successful festival that is in its 13th year, set in the heart of the South Downs.
Their debut recording of Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Jeremy Young was released on Meridian Records to critical acclaim. They featured on Champs Hill Records complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn (BBC Magazine’s critics choice 2014) and their forthcoming disc for Champs Hill will be released Summer 2018.
The Festival is looking forward to welcoming this talented quartet to the beautiful setting of Scargill House.
“The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new… they already seem seasoned veterans with their tight ensemble and confident projection.” – The Times
Grassington Festival is proud to present a unique and exciting performance by the British Electric Foundation featuring legendary artists.
British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17). The group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.
Martyn Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves as well as cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style and featuring:
Peter Hooton (The Farm), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Jaki Graham, Mari Wilson and of course Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17.
This is definitely a night of amazing music not to be missed.
* This is a standing event.
The bus will pick up at 6.30pm from Skipton High Street at the bus stop opposite the Town Hall (by the statue) and return from the Marquee site back to Skipton at 11.30pm.
This bus will collect from Skipton High Street at 11.30am and again at 1.00pm to bring you and your friends and family to our Festival in the Field Day. The ticket price includes the return journey which will depart promptly from the Marquee site at 11.00pm after the show.
Ticket price are £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children under the age of 16 and include the return fare.
Playful, punchy and purposefully relaxed, The Fratellis will be bringing their thrilling mix of razor-sharp guitar riffs, air-punching piano stabs, falsetto vocals and melodies you could hang your coat on to the Grassington Festival in the Field Marquee.
Jon (vocals/guitar), Barry (bass) and Mince Fratelli (drums) are roaring into their second decade with a fifth album In Your Own Sweet Time that plays to their strengths while also pushing their sound in vivid new directions.
They have teamed up once again with six-time Grammy and Mercury nominated American producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83, Belle & Sebastian) who previously collaborated on smash-hit Costello Music, an album that lasted 83 weeks in the charts, won The Fratellis a Brit Award in 2007 for ‘Best Emerging Artists’, and launched The Fratellis to stratospheric critical and commercial heights.
Who can forget the deathless and dauntless Chelsea Dagger or the unbelievably addictive Whistle for the Choir?
This will be a celebratory and giddy performance not to be missed and will top off a whole day of fun for all the family featuring a fabulous mix of music with bands from all over the country, food and drink, magic and excellent entertainment, starting at 12 noon with festivities continuing until 11pm.
Other bands throughout the day include
CoCo and the Butterfields. An English indie-pop band, from Canterbury, Kent, who, since their inception in 2012, have spent much of their time on the road, touring the UK and Europe, selling out headline shows and featuring at many major festivals.
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
…….with more artists and entertainment for all the family to be announced. Watch this space.
Acclaimed soprano, Peyee Chen, prize winning concert violinist, Sophie Rosa, and former BBC Music Fellow Ben Crick join Skipton Building Society Camerata in the fantastic surroundings of Bolton Abbey Priory for this exciting programme of Mozart.
Peyee Chen (b. Taipei, Taiwan) is a soprano with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque music. Appearances as a soloist include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Adelaide Festival, Club Transmediale Festival, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan, Pierrot Lunaire on the York Spring Festival, The Light Show as part of Southbank Centre’s Harmonic Series, and world premieres at Spitalfields Festival, GEMdays, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
One of the UK’s most exciting violinists, Sophie Rosa was awarded the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall as well as appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata.
Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has performed regularly throughout the UK and internationally from a very young age. In 2006 she was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and was the First Prize winner of the Lions European Music Competition, Cannes.
“Combination of sensitivity and virtuosity” – Musical Opinion Quarterly
Ben Crick has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor who is comfortable working with diverse and challenging repertoire; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. In recent years he has conducted concertos with Tasmin Little, Raphael Walfisch, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniel, Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Frith as well as conducting Handel’s Messiah with Dame Emma Kirkby performing the soprano solos.
Symphony 29 / Exsultate Jubilate. With Peyee Chen.
Violin Concerto in A / Symphony 25. With Sophie Rosa.
To be rock ‘n’ roll survivors is an achievement. To be Europe’s top live band, forty years after its inception is truly fantastic, but to still be enthusiastic, fresh, totally committed and in love with the music is a positive miracle.
Grassington Festival is proud to welcome the legendary Smokie to its Festival in the Field Marquee.
Originally hailing from Bradford, the band continues to play sell out tours around the globe and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
From their 1976 landmark ballad, Living Next Door to Alice (later re-released as Living Next Door to Alice (Who the F**K is Alice) in 1995 with Roy Chubby Brown) to chart-topping hits like If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone as well as Oh Carol and I’ll Meet You at Midnight to name but a few, they continue to thrill old and new audiences alike and with platinum selling albums over the course of five decades, Smokie remain one of the most successful bands in the world today.