About The Northern Aldborough Festival
The Northern Aldborough Festival was born in 1994, centred on the picturesque village of Aldborough near York. It has fast established itself as one of the most prestigious classical music events in the country and was recently described by the Times as ‘well on its way to being one of the leading fixtures on the classical music calendar’.
Our core aim is to bring exceptional music from world class performers to new audiences, in rural locations where it wouldn’t normally be heard. With musical talent sourced from all over the world, young and old, amateur and professional, the festival offers audiences a consistently high standard of music.
So far the Festival has engaged some of the greatest musical talent around. Star names include Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, The Hallé, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the European Chamber Orchestra, singers Dame Anne Evans, James Gilchrist and Elizabeth Watts, guitarists Craig Ogden, Christoph Denoth and Martin Taylor, violinists Alina Ibragimova and Tasmin Little, violist Maxim Rysanov, cellist Guy Johnston, trumpeters Guy Barker and Alison Balsom, clarinettist Emma Johnson, the Belcea, Heath and Elias string quartets, jazz artists Django Bates and Liane Carroll, pianists Nikolai Demidenko, Angela Hewitt, Imogen Cooper, Benjamin Grosvenor, Yevgeny Sudbin, Steven Osborne and Dmitri Alexeev and speaker Gyles Brandreth.
The 2019 festival promises to be particularly special, with highlights being appearances by Courtney Pine, John Sergeant, The Fitzwilliam Quartet, Leeds Piano Competition finalist Mario Haring and The King’s Singers.