Great music in beautiful places…
Welcome to the Ryedale Festival
Two weeks of inspiring performances in the many beautiful and historic venues in and around Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Right from the opening night (when we recreate the sights and sounds of Brahms’s favourite tavern!), there’s a Hungarian flavour to the programme, with a complete cycle of Bartók’s string quartets alongside an equally great set by Haydn, a new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and a celebration of Brahms’s Hungarian-inspired works.
A 100th anniversary performance of Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil in Ampleforth Abbey introduces a parallel theme of ‘night music’, including a complete cycle of Chopin’s Nocturnes over three candlelit concerts and night-inspired works by Bartók, Schoenberg, Mozart, Tallis, Byrd, Britten and others.
Chamber music is at the heart of the programme, with festival residences from the Heath and Doric Quartets, and the Lendvai Trio. A new piece celebrating coffee (and an old one satirising it) opens the festival’s famous series of Coffee Concerts, many of them featuring outstanding young musicians. Orchestral highlights include the Orchestra of Opera North playing Mahler and the Royal Northern Sinfonia performing at Hovingham Hall, while the Dunedin Consort bring an all-Bach programme to Scarborough and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra promises an unmissable evening in Malton. Vocal highlights include performances by top choirs Ex Cathedra and Stile Antico, while a new English version of one of Schubert’s greatest song cycles is heard for the first time in Helmsley.
The ink will still be drying on eleven new works (nine world premieres, two English premieres), including two by festival composer Michael Berkeley. To complete the picture, there is the unique Triple Concert at Castle Howard and Double Concerts at Sledmere, a series of literary events Ways with Words, a festival exhibition, a series of free festival workshops for young and amateur musicians, and a new initiative Ryedale500 to help more young people explore the festival.
It promises to be an exciting summer in Ryedale and the festival looks forward to welcoming friends old and new to enjoy it. I hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.
Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director