Music Festivals


This page lists music festivals that may be of interest to recorder players.

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2nd – 4th September

Medieval Music in the Dales

Bolton Castle, in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
Medieval Music in the Dales
is a celebration of all things musical and medieval with concerts, workshops, an instrument exhibition, dancing and more.As such a significant medieval instrument, the recorder plays an important part at the festival.

  •  Instruments on display and for sale. Philippe Bolton, Terry Mann and Phil Bleazey will all be in attendance. Each has researched and recreated the early recorder.
  •  Performances. One of our headline groups is wind band Blondel, who will be playing fourteenth and fifteenth century music on recorders and reed instruments. They have  very sweet recorder consort sound playing Machaut amongst others. Blondel are playing at midday on Saturday and again in the evening concert on the same day. 
  •  Workshop. Philippe Bolton will be running a recorder maintenance workshop on the Saturday afternoon.This will look at how to safely remove the block from the recorder, check the condition of the windway and remove any dirt or fungus, how to replace leaking joints, and will also consider some techniques for tuning adjustments. It will also be a surgery if you have any particular problems with your own instruments.
  • The chance to come and perform at the event. We have plenty of open stages where we encourage people to come and play – the only rule is that the repertoire should be pre-1500. The Performer Pass is available for those that are interested in this option, and offers great discounted rates in return for being part of the musical scene.

Early bird tickets at great prices are now available through our crowdfunding campaign:

Last updated February 23, 2016