Great music in beautiful places…
Welcome to the Ryedale Festival
Welcome to the Ryedale Festival 2017 – bringing great music and top-class performers to beautiful and historic venues, in a friendly atmosphere amid idyllic North Yorkshire countryside.
The headlines of the festival include four unmissable orchestral concerts. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at York Minster, reflecting a festival theme of Dreams and Visions; the Orchestra of Opera North are at Scarborough Spa with a thrilling programme of Rachmaninov and Berlioz; and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Royal Northern Sinfonia bookend the festival with irresistible concerts at Hovingham Hall.
Chamber music highlights include Truth’s Disguise, a mini-series bringing together two of the great creative spirits of Soviet Russia – Dmitri Shostakovich and Anna Akhmatova. Another thread to the programme explores the extraordinary story of Schubert’s Last Year – surely one of the most miraculous in music history.
Sally Beamish is composer in residence, with many opportunities to discover the expressive depth and wide appeal of her music, with its influences from folk and jazz, her Quaker faith, and the landscapes and seascapes of Scotland. Other artists in residence include the Carducci Quartet and Simon Callow, who are joined during the festival fortnight by an array of outstanding soloists and chamber musicians too many to mention here.
Vocal highlights range from our festival opera, Mozart’s The Garden of Disguises – a tangle of complicated love lives and lyrical genius – to the great bass Sir John Tomlinson in recital. The Tallis Scholars bring their inimitable sound to Ampleforth Abbey, whilst a series of morning Coffee Concerts brings music – often played by young and emerging performers – to beautiful country churches across North Yorkshire. Other venues include some of Yorkshire’s most inspiring stately homes – don’t miss the Triple Concert at Castle Howard and two Double Concerts at Sledmere – and there will surely be a special atmosphere at a series of Late-night Candlelit Concerts devoted to the music of Mozart.
There is jazz – a recreation of one of the most famous nights in its history – and folk too, along with five world premieres, a series of literary events and an exhibition featuring the work of local artists. The festival marks the centenary of one of Ryedale’s most distinguished musicians – the organist and composer Francis Jackson – but brings no less enthusiasm to a series of initiatives offering opportunities to the next generation of performers and music-lovers, including Young Artist Platform concerts, free festival workshops and the Ryedale500 ticket scheme.
My thanks go to the many supporters whose generosity makes such a broad programme possible. It promises to be an exciting summer in Ryedale and the festival looks forward to welcoming old friends and new to enjoy it. I hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.
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