A season of inspiring performances in beautiful and historic locations across North Yorkshire in the Ryedale Festival.
Artists in residence this year include internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams, one of Britain’s finest young string quartets the Maxwell Quartet, the immaculate voices of The Gesualdo Six and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and America’s top period instrument orchestra Philharmonia Baroque. The Festival mingles legendary performers such as Dame Janet Baker with stars of the new generation such as the Kanneh-Masons. Internationally renowned soloists and chamber musicians are heard in intimate surroundings and a friendly atmosphere. Sir Mark Elder conducts one of the greatest of all choral works, performed by one of the world’s finest orchestras in the awe-inspiring surroundings of York Minster. And concerts in famous and spectacular venues are balanced with daytime recitals in some of Ryedale’s quietest and most beautiful corners.
There is an opportunity to hear brand new music for the first time, and among six world premieres, Looking West by Julian Philips is inspired by the ancient stories and landscapes of northern England, Roxanna Panufnik’s Babylonia goes on an imaginative journey to the Middle East.
The festival finds a special place for the music of Handel, including a pop-up production of his magical little opera Acis and Galatea that will visit three of the region’s most beautiful and ancient churches. Also in focus: the music and legacy of Vaughan Williams in his 150th anniversary year, the genre-blending brilliance of Errollyn Wallen, and a Come and Sing ABBA event to celebrate the 50th birthday of Swedish supergroup.
Family concerts include a musical version of the modern children’s classic Izzy Gizmo. Also in the festival collage: jazz, folk, talks, masterclasses, a Dementia-friendly concert, a ‘Troubadour Trail’, late-night candlelit concerts, sublime Scottish folk music, and one of Yorkshire’s best brass bands.
First-time ticket-buyers can come to selected events for only £10. Under 18s for only £5. And all are invited to enjoy the additional content that will be shared on our digital platform RyeStream.com, which offers a window on the festival, another way to engage.
I hope you find lots to uplift you in the festival and look forward to seeing you there.