A FESTIVAL celebrating the beauty of the North York Moors will bring soaring classical music to historic churches across the National Park.

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, now in its ninth year, takes place from Sunday 13 to Saturday,August 26. It has been shortlisted this year for a Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award.

The festival will bring over 40 classical artists to perform 50 different works in ten churches at Danby, Egton Bridge, Fylingdales, Guisborough, Helmsley, Lastingham, Lythe, Pickering, Sneaton Castle and Whitby.

The title of this year’s festival is Arcadia, and each themed concert celebrates different aspects of nature.

The festival’s founder and Artistic Director is renowned cellist Jamie Walton, who lives in the North York Moors. Jamie’s mission is to bring music to more remote locations and make it accessible for all, bringing communities together – tickets for all the concerts are just £12.50, or £5 for students and free for children under 16.

Hesaid “Each year we take our audiences through a specific theme, exploring thrilling music within the context of the environment we are so privileged to be part of. August is when the moors are rampant with heather and the vast expanse of our National Park comes into its own.

For more information go to www.northyorkmoorsfestival.com