April 2016 saw the first New Paths festival taking place – a feast of performances by some of the country’s finest young musicians at venues across Beverley. The festival, of which Libby is Artistic Director, immediately established itself as a major new event in the region.
There were 22 events during the four days of the festival, ranging from song and chamber music at St Mary’s, to organ recitals at the Minster, a Shakespeare celebration at the East Riding Theatre, and children’s events at Toll Gavel United Church. The town quickly took the performers to its heart, welcoming them in pubs and coffee shops throughout the town, and the new Premier Inn at Flemingate, as well as in the concert venues. Audiences blossomed, with over 1700 tickets taken and many people returning for event after event, as locals and visitors flocked to hear the vast array of outstanding music-making.
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