Dear supporters,

Our first event took place on Saturday and was a resounding success! 180 singers from around the region and far beyond gathered in Beverley Minster to spend the day rehearsing Fauré's Requiem, under the baton of Ashley Grote. The Minster was packed for the performance and in total the day raised well over £2,000 for the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund, creating bursaries for talented teenagers to attend the life-changing summer schools of Oundle For Organists. The day was a wonderful memorial to Alan Spedding, and a great celebration of signing and song - an amazing launch for New Paths. Have a look at our picture montage here, which gives a sense of the incredible buzz of the day!

We now look forward with excitement to our main festival, in a little over a month. Having been captivated by Katherine Crompton and Edward Grint's stunning song singing on Saturday, we know our audiences will be inspired to explore the concerts featuring song in April. Song has been enjoying a remarkable renaissance in the UK over the last decade, with festivals such as Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder flourishing. We are thrilled to be putting Beverley on that map, with such celebrated song singers as Anna Huntley and Marcus Farnsworth visiting the town. From the ravishing beauty of Schumann's Dichterliebe, to the suave charm of Hahn and Fauré, the war-torn tragedy of Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad to the radiance of Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, song is a mainstay of New Paths. 

We were also treated to the first-class organ playing of Tim Harper on Saturday, and this sets up the dazzling organ strand of the festival. Our full-page spread in the latest edition of Organists' Review reveals the top quality of our organ events. Simon Johnson (Organist at St Paul's Cathedral) and Richard Pinel (Assistant Organist at St George's, Windsor Castle) will each be giving organ recitals on the Minster's fine organ, and will be leading a showcase of the mighty Hull City Hall organ. They will be joined by three outstanding organ students all with connections to Beverley or the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund. This really will be an organ extravaganza.

Remember, the festival also contains children's events, barbershop, opera, chamber music, compline, talks and masterclasses.... Have a browse through and book your tickets now from the East Riding Theatre.

It was a joy to meet so many of you on Saturday and we cannot wait for April.

With all best wishes,

Roland and Libby

Call for volunteers!

Would you like to help us make the inaugural New Paths festival a roaring success?

We need:

  • help distributing posters and brochures;
  • practical help with errands and front-of-house shifts during the festival;
  • private and corporate sponsorship for the festival.

Please email if you can help. 

Every little helps; you don't need much time or resource available to make a significant impact!

If you loved the songs on Saturday ... Try these:

Opening Night
Thurs 7th 7:30pm

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Songs by Schubert & Clara Schumann

Déjeuner à Paris
Fri 8th 1pm

Songs by Fauré & Hahn

A war commemoration
Fri 8th 7:30pm

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Songs by Gurney

Coffee concert
Sat 9th 11am

Schubert Shepherd on the Rock
Brahms Viola Songs and other songs

Shakespeare Celebration
Sun 10th 3:30pm

Settings by Quilter, Schubert, Poulenc, Dring and Finzi of Shakespeare texts

Closing Concert
Sun 10th 7:30pm

Schumann Dichterliebe

Loved the glorious sound of the Minster organ? Try these:

Little Organ Book
Thurs 7th 10pm

Atmospheric late-night chorale preludes by Bach, Brahms, and a Grayston Ives world premiere

The King of Instruments
Fri 8th 10am

Showcase of the magnificent Hull City Hall organ, and public masterclass for organ students

…A la mémoire…
Sat 9th 1pm

Dupré's mighty preludes and fugues, and their commemorative influences

Die Kunst ist lang, das Leben kurz
Sun 10th 1pm
Germanic riches by Reger, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger and Schumann

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