Rose Garden Music Festival 2023 Review

The Rose Garden Music Festival is always a highlight in the summer term calendar and falls towards the end of the term. This year was no exception with a showcase of music in the beautiful garden. Fyling Hall brought together local bands and opened the school gates to the entire community. In the morning it looked like the weather might be against us but the sun came out for the start of the festival and stayed with us for much of the afternoon. The three headline bands were very well received and we raised over £1000.

Photos courtesy of Films By Jo.


In celebration of our centenary year all the bands had a connection with Fyling Hall. It was wonderful to see past-pupils return and perform at such a high level with the guest bands. Beau Taylor and Maeve Sutterby performed with The Whitby Contingent and Henry Atkinson with Sweet Beans. Current students were also on the stage of course.  Theo Flintoft performed with Project 13, Emilie Moss provided the interlude between sets and Oscar Dragten opened the afternoon with with a DJ set. 
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Rose Garden Music Festival Project 13
Rose Garden Music Festival Whitby Contingent
Rose Garden Music Festival Sweet Beans
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It’s hard to imagine a better setting for a music festival than the Fyling Hall Rose Garden. The roses were in bloom and the stage was set against the backdrop of the North Yorkshire coastline. The BBQ was going, visitors had laid out their picnic blankets and delicious cakes and coffees – courtesy of the Bay Town Coffee Company – were being enjoyed as Project 13 took to the stage. They got things started with their rousing set of favourite tunes with a ska vibe. The Whitby Contingent, always a favourite, provided chilled-out jazz and melodies in the middle of the afternoon. We wrapped up with the high-energy, jazzy harmonies, horns and electric guitars of Sweet Beans. People were up and dancing and Sweet Beans performed an encore before the festival came to an end for this year. If you would like to follow the bands Project 13 and Sweet Beans have facebook pages with their upcoming gigs. Sweet Beans’ EP titled ‘The Dance Side of the Dark’ is streaming on all major music sites and The Whitby Contingent regularly perform at The Brunswick Centre in Whitby. 

What were the highlights?

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Picking the best thing about the Rose Garden Festival is a difficult task – the great music, seeing how past pupils have developed their talents, enjoying the music of current pupils, inviting the community into our wonderful school, the support of so many people, the laughter and chance to connect with others, the opportunity to spend time outdoors in the beautiful grounds? – But perhaps it is the money the festival was able to raise to support the annual charity. A significant donation will be made to youth mental health charity, Young Minds. The remainder will go towards new equipment and enhancements for the music department at Fyling Hall (which will allow us to continue bringing the best in music education to our students).  Watch this space for further updates on our charity donations and the music department!

Rose Garden Music Festival Cake Stall
Rose Garden Music Festival Children

Thank You!

This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Head of Music Mrs. Swain and Head of Drama Mrs. Jeeves and they would like to thank everyone that contributed to the success. The bands for their fantastic performances and for giving up their time, Storm Scaffolding for the stage, Paul Whittaker and Ailsa Legg for the sound, Leanne Coates and Ailsa Campbell for the cakes, the Bay Town Coffee Company, Olivia Coates for facepainting, Marcus Coates for the BBQ, Mrs Jackson for running the tombola, all the staff and students that helped with the set-up and break-down and all the parents, staff and students that contributed tombola prizes, distributed posters, bought tickets and attended the Rose Garden Festival. If you are interested in performing at next year’s music festival please contact Mrs. Swain.

Check out some more photos and some music clips from the three main bands here….

Fyling Hall’s music department is always busy with regular performances in the atmospheric Barn Theatre or outdoor Rose Garden theatre and we’re all looking forward to what the autumn term will bring – including the school production of Annie Junior in November of course. Head to the music page for more details on the department, music lessons and the curriculum (which includes practical vocational qualifications designed to prepare students for further study and/or careers in the industry.).

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Rose Garden Music Festival Guests
Rose Garden Music Festival Emie and Cake