Penhill Benefice

Living and Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ in the Community

There have been some amazingly wonderful concerts at Aysgarth church during 2023 thanks to the Swaledale Festival and to the Wensleydale Concert Series (WCS). It is an honour to have so many world-class musicians performing at the church.  That has certainly been true of the wonderful Swaledale Festival concerts at Aysgarth church this year. 

Parking at Aysgarth church for evening concerts:  is £1.70 at the Pay and Display carpark and put a notice in the windscreen stating are at concert at the church. 
There is limited disabled  parking at the church for any concert. Please inform us in advance.  For the Wensleydale Concert Series please phone 01969 663026. 

Wensleydale Concert Series
All concerts are at St Andrew's Church, Aysgarth at 7.30pm
For booking information click here. Tel. 01969 663026 for enquiries.
Tickets are £20 or £1 (for under 18s and full-time students) at the door or
£18/£1 when purchase in advance. You can order tickets with a printed
programme for £1.50 extra. Heavily discounted season tickets available.

The four-hand piano recital by Daniel Grimwood and Yasmin Rowe on Saturday 15th June was brilliant. So don't miss that on Friday when Daniel returns, this time with violinist Nazrin Rashidova.

Friday 21st June – Nazrin Rashidova & Daniel Grimwood
A Violin and Piano Recital with works by Arvo Pärt, Grieg, Godowsky,
Moszkowski, Szymanowski, Émile Sauret and Ethel Barns

Saturday 6th July – Benjamin Frith & Heidi Rolfe
A husband and wife four-hand piano recital including music by Field, Satie,
Schubert and Brahms and featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s - Scheherazade

Saturday 27th July – The Herschel Trio
Named after the famous astronomer, and North-East composer, the Herschel
Trio (flutes, harpsichord and viol) is bringing us a baroque performance
entitled "Baroque Britannia!" including works by Handel, Arne, Purcell and
Finger with traditional airs by Oswald, O'Carolan, together with Welsh airs
and a North/North-East connection with Avison, Garth, and Herschel.

Saturday 17th August - Ashley Fripp, piano
Internationally recognised pianist, Ashely Fripp is performing Schubert/Liszt
transcriptions from Schwanengesang, a selection of JS Bach Preludes and
Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1) and two late Beethoven

Saturday 7th September - Tango Siempre
Tango Siempre have toured the UK and Europe since 1998 with projects
ranging from traditional tango dance shows to collaborations with
orchestras, contemporary dance companies and jazz musicians. They are
unique in having three composers/arrangers within the band. Their
repertoire consists exclusively of original compositions and of music that
they have transcribed and arranged from historical recordings of the great
Argentinian orchestras and of Astor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango ensembles.

Saturday 21st September - Vitaly Pisarenko
Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko is in great demand and has performed in
over 30 countries in solo recitals and as concerto soloist with major
orchestras. He was the winner of the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano
Competition in Utrecht and took 3rd prize in the Leeds Piano competition in
2015. His programme will include works by Liszt and Schubert.

Swaledale Festival
There will be six Swaledale Festival concerts at St Andrew's from May 26 to June 6.  See