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Thirsk Hall Festival
“The Festival was a charitable gift to Thirsk and all who attended its events. The varied contributions, the melding of musical forms and worlds, provided something for every taste. But the standout point was the quite exceptional quality of the performers and performances which brought audiences to their feet in admiration and thanks.”

— A Letter of Thanks to the Darlington & Stockton Times from Dr John R Gibbins

Sunday Concert Series & Other Professional Events


Sunday Concert Series: De Mowbray's Musicke

Sunday 16 April 2023

Gallery One, Thirsk Hall

After performing at Thirsk Hall Festival in 2022, De Mowbray's Musicke returned in April to bring us stories, music and lots of instruments! The duo's performance, named 'Norman Invasion', took the audience through France, the UK and Scandinavia on a journey of learning and a few surprises!


Sunday Concert Series: Cello

Sunday 20 November 2022

Gallery One, Thirsk Hall

Jessica Burroughs presented a hugely contrasting programme of pieces for our audience, from Bach to Imogen Holst. Titled 'The Fall of the Leaf' it was the perfect, if a little chilly, way to spend a late Autumn afternoon!


Sunday Concert Series: So I'm not a Princess?!

Sunday 11 September 2022

Gallery One, Thirsk Hall

Taking the audience through a hilarious story of trials and tribulations of a self-proclaimed princess, Eleanor Sandars delighted us with songs from musicals and Disney productions.

We truly hope Eleanor can bring her one-woman cabaret back to Thirsk soon!

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An Evening of Jazz

Saturday 21 May 2022

Thirsk Town Hall

Joined by some of the most talented musicians in the North (and a few from slightly further South!), the Evening of Jazz filled the Town Hall with the classics we all know and love. With catering by the wonderful Bute Pizza we dined, drank and sang our way through 2 hours of exquisite music. An Evening of Jazz WILL be returning to Thirsk!


Sunday Concert Series: Woodwind Trio

Sunday 19 June 2022

Gallery One, Thirsk Hall

The first of our new Sunday Concert Series, bringing the best musicians to Gallery One, the beautiful newly renovated barn in the stunning grounds of Thirsk Hall. Opera North musicians Andrew Mason, Richard Hewitt and Adam Mackenzie inspired our audience with woodwind music from Mozart to Ibert, giving us an introduction to their wonderful instruments and how they work.


Sunday Concert Series: Bass Trombone

Sunday 17 July 2022

Gallery One, Thirsk Hall

Following on from the woodwind trio last month, Christian Jones joined us from Opera North with all things Bass Trombone. Our audience were introduced to the power and dexterity of the instrument, and some even had a go! With the help of accompanist Jenny Martins, Christian educated and entertained, including one of our Music Director Benjamin Ellin's early compositions for Bass Trombone.

De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition. Benjamin Ellin. Rural Arts. Community Project. Thirsk.

De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 August 2021

Rural Arts, Thirsk

15 stunning pieces of art created by local (and some further afield) artists in response to the 7 sonatas composed by Benjamin Ellin during lockdown. Using the QR codes or provided mp3 players, visitors listened to the music as they walked around the exhibition.


Come and Play Day

Sunday 20th March 2022

Thirsk Town Hall

The biggest challenge so far - Mahler 5 in a day! 50 orchestral musicians rose to it and with hard work and excellent humour, the process was a very enjoyable one, with everyone pushed out of their comfort zones at times to pull off an amazing feat of music.


Come and Sing Day

Saturday 5th October 2022

Thirsk Town Hall

A workshop involving singers from around the region and even further afield. The day focused on the music of Vaughan Williams in the year of his 150th birthday. We spent the day working on Dona Nobis Pacem and Three Shakespeare Songs. The sound was beautiful and especially poignant with the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

Community Events

"Really interesting and well thought out. Art & music communicating with each other & expressing community values.

Lovely - thank you."

Visitor to the De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition

"The whole day just spurred me on to do more practising & get in as much orchestral playing as I can. I love playing my Cello with others. The conductor & musicians were all so friendly & made the day great fun ...yet also great practice for producing a good sound & making sense of the music."

Participant at the Come and Play Day

"A lovely day. I was nervous about what to expect but I needn't have worried. Ben and Emily were so welcoming and encouraging. Thank you for such an enjoyable day." 

Participant at the Come and Play Day

 "I hope this was the first of many!"

Participant at the Come and Sing Day

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