New festival theme revealed

Jamie Walton
Jamie Walton

Stirring performances and spectacular have drawn anew fan – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – to the North York Moors Chamber Festival.

Sir Peter, Master of the Queen’s Music, has become the new patron for the festival and has pledged to return every year after being in residence this summer.

He became a supporter after listening to passionate performances and revelling in the architecture and history the festival celebrates. He was also smitten with the Whitby landscape, likening it to his home in Orkney.

Jamie Walton, artistic director and festival founder said he was very touched’that the composer and conductor spent so much time with both musicians and audiences.

“He just fitted in perfectly and everyone took him to their hearts,” Jamie said. “It is Sir Peter’s 80th birthday next year and we intend to contribute to the celebrations by programming more of his music which he will introduce if he can be in residence again.”

Sir Peter’s contribution during the fifth season this summer also bought new enthusiasts, Jamie said.

“I’ve had so many letters since the last festival from those who came, now completely converted by his presence and his compositions.”

The theme for the 2014 festival will be revealed at a concert on Saturday, Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms will be on the music stands for the concert at St Hilda’s Westcliff, Whitby, starting at 7pm.