Dear supporters,

As the daffodils flower on the Westwood*, our thoughts turn to spring, and to the inaugural New Paths festival, now a little over six weeks away!  A major new musical event in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the festival features a spectacular array of chamber music, song, organ music, opera, a capella, talks, children’s events, masterclasses for local young musicians, and a community programme taking music to those who are not normally able to hear it.  

Click here to view our beautiful festival brochure.
Remember to book your tickets or passes through the East Riding Theatre box office.
Meanwhile, our first New Paths Music event is this week! Saturday will see over 150 singers gathering in Beverley Minster for an intensive day of singing under the baton of the inspirational Ashley Grote. This Come & Sing performance of Fauré's Requiem is being held in memory of the late Alan Spedding MBE, a major musical figure both in the area and nationally. If you have signed up to sing, you will have received an email with details for the day. 

Come and hear the results of the singers' work at 5pm! Everyone is welcome, and entry is free. The performance will last just over an hour and will include a short set of solo items by our fabulous soloists, Katherine Crompton and Edward Grint. A day not to be missed!

We are tremendously excited about all that lies in the weeks ahead and look forward to seeing you in Beverley soon.

With all best wishes,

Libby and Roland

*For the 'out-of-towners' among you, the Westwood is a large open pasture overlooking Beverley, affording some fantastic views of the town. Perfect for a stretch of the legs between concerts!
Ashley Grote is our Come & Sing conductor. 

Ashley has been Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since 2012. He is responsible for the management of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys' and girls' choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, and is also conductor of Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir.

Ashley began his musical life as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, and returned there as organ scholar. There, he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcasts including the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Ashley has also been Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral.

Katherine Crompton (soprano)
Edward Grint (bass baritone)
Tim Harper (organ)
Beverley Minster
Alan Spedding MBE, the focus of the Come & Sing day, and the inspiration for the whole festival.

Much-loved and hugely respected, Alan was one of the leading members of the North of England’s musical community, and died two years ago. Organist and Director of Music at Beverley Minster for 42 years, long-time conductor of Hull Choral Union and the East Riding County Choir, council member and diploma examiner for the Royal College of Organists, and a key figure in the RSCM, ABRSM and IAO, Alan is much missed. His insistence on the highest standards, and his generosity in sharing music with all, are hallmarks of New Paths.  
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