Ryedale Festival 2015 Launch Concert - The Endymion Ensemble The Orchestra of Opera North The Coronation of Poppea Elena Urioste at Castle Howard Amy Dickson and Martin Cousinat Sledmere House,  Ryedale Festival Castle Howard Nicholas Daniel at Sledmere House, Ryedale Festival 2014 BEAUTIFUL RYEDALE AMPLEFORTH ABBEY COwen
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Sledmere House - Ryedale Festival Double Concerts Venue

Alec Frank-Gemmill - Horn

The Doric String Quartet

Benjamin Grosvenor - Piano

Fenella Humphreys - Violin

Annual Triple Concert – Castle Howard

The Heath String Quartet




Great music in beautiful places…

Welcome to the Ryedale Festival 

Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area full of history and natural beauty. 

The festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. Events range far and wide across the area and performances are given at the great houses of Castle Howard, Hovingham, Duncombe Park and Sledmere, as well as in Ampleforth Abbey, York Minster, Helmsley Arts Centre, Pickering Kirk Theatre and many other local venues. There is also a popular series of Coffee Concerts given in the many beautiful, often remote, country churches of North Yorkshire and a series of literary events, talks, exhibitions, theatre, jazz and family events.


Join us soon to discover the festival’s unique magic.



The 2016 Ryedale Festival Launch Concertwill be held on the 3rd April

featuring Lucy Parham, piano and actor, Simon Russell in Rêverie - The life and loves of Claude Debussy at All Saints' Church, Helmsley at 7.30 pm.