Great music in beautiful places…
Welcome to the Ryedale Festival
Great music, outstanding performers, beautiful venues, scenic countryside, a unique and friendly atmosphere: welcome to the 2016 Ryedale Festival
The late music of Beethoven takes centre stage, including all of his late string quartets. These extraordinary masterpieces are heard alongside the poems they inspired T.S Eliot to write over a century later. His Four Quartets also introduce a festival theme of ‘time’ that is reflected in works such as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Haydn’s Clock Symphony, Handel’s Alcina, Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
There are other threads to follow through the festival too, including a celebration of the music of follow Sir James Macmillan, who is composer in residence. There is also a series of events marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare - including one recreating the sights and sounds of an Elizabethan tavern!
The music of Bach is heard by candlelight in a series of late-night concerts; the festival also breaks new ground with seven world premieres and presents a new production of Handel’s great fantasy-opera Alcina. Festival partners and artists in residence include the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Heath Quartet and Jeremy Irons. A series of workshops gives local musicians the chance to work with world-class visiting performers, while the Ryedale500 scheme offers tickets to help more young people explore the festival.
To the many loyal audience members who return year after year, thank you for your continued support and generosity; to those who will visit for the first time, I hope you enjoy the festival’s special magic. I look forward to seeing you all there.