Ryedale Festival 2015 Launch Concert - The Endymion Ensemble Royal Northern Sinfonia Leonard Esselbroich Castle Howard Slider Bradley Cheswick Slider Catrin Finch 1 AMPLEFORTH ABBEY Rachel Podger and Kathryn Rudge Fenella Humphreys BEAUTIFUL RYEDALE Jeremy Irons and The Heath Quartet TENEBRAE Sir James MacMillan
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Sledmere House - Ryedale Festival Double Concerts Venue

ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA - ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH - Cello

Annual Triple Concert – Castle Howard

BRADLEY CHESWICK DIRECTOR, ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA - ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

CATRIN FINCH - HARPIST

AMPLEFORTH ABBEY - RYEDALE FESTIVAL VENUE

DOUBLE CONCERT - KATHRYN RUDGE, mezzo soprano and RACHEL PODGER, violin

FENELLA HUMPHREYS - Violin

BEAUTIFUL RYEDALE

JEREMY IRONS and the HEATH QUARTET - Artists in residence

TENEBRAE - AMPLEFORTH ABBEY

SIR JAMES MacMILLAN - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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 Chris photo 2014 wworks 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.

 

Christopher Glynn

Artistic Director