Ten ways to enjoy the Ryedale Festival this summer

by Handy Mag
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With its motto of ‘Great music in beautiful places’ the Ryedale Festival was recently runner-up in the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for Best UK Festival. We asked Artistic Director Chris Glynn to pick out ten ways for first-timers to enjoy the Ryedale Festival this summer…

  1. Experience great music-making up close. There’s no better way to enjoy classical music than hearing a top performer in an intimate venue – and some of the biggest names in music are appearing in stunning Ryedale locations this summer. Browse our brochure and take your pick…
  2. Step away from the stress of modern life and time travel in music. The Gesualdo Six bring the past alive as vividly as any Hilary Mantel novel. The pinpoint beauty and purity of their voices will be extra-special in the long-echoing spaces of Ampleforth Abbey as they perform music from the time of Henry VIII to the present day.
  3. Bring the kids! Under eights will love our musical version of the children’s book-of-the-moment Izzy Gizmo (17th July) while older children can enjoy the inspirational National Youth Choir in Scarborough (22nd July).
  4. Meet Lemn Sissay. The celebrated author and poet visits Easingwold to talk about the neglect, cruelty, hope and triumph of his childhood, as recounted in his unforgettable memoir My Name is Why (30th July).
  5. Hear some great jazz. Ronnie Scott’s bandleader Pete Long is in town with some of his most brilliant colleagues to present their hilarious and fascinating show 100 Years of Jazz in 99 minutes in Malton (22nd July).
  6. Experience opera on your doorstep. A fabulous group of young singers and musicians bring the magic of Handel’s Acis and Galatea (19th-21st July) to three beautiful and atmospheric Ryedale churches. It’s a story of love, jealousy, anger and sorrow, with some of the most beautiful melodies Handel ever wrote.
  7. Eat, drink and enjoy the view! At the Ryedale Festival, the locations are as special as the music. Check out Birdsall House – as beautiful and elegant as any Bridgerton set – while enjoying a brilliant piano recital (20th July). Or come to the idyllic village of Hovingham to hear Handel’s choral masterpiece Dixit Dominus or trailblazing artist Rebeca Omordia (25th July) and stay for lunch from one from the one the superb local pubs and bakeries.
  8. Come and Sing ABBA! All are welcome to join the charismatic choral leader Ben Parry and live band for an afternoon singing their greatest hits of everyone’s favourite Swedish supergroup! Enthusiasm is all you need (flares are optional!) and participants of all ages and abilities are welcome (23rd July).
  9. Hear the stars of tomorrow. At the Ryedale Festival, we take pride in spotting them and supporting them. To name just three, check out the spellbinding Scottish accordionist Ryan Corbett (21st-23rd July), the sensational trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary (27th July), or the captivating violinist Roberts Balanas who blends classical, pop, rock and funk in a late-night concert (24th July). And remember– you heard them in Ryedale first…
  10. Get involved! This is one of the country’s friendliest festivals and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Volunteering (everything from giving an artist a lift to helping run the bar at concerts) is a great way to meet new people and be a part of something special in your local area.

The Ryedale Festival runs from 15th to 31st July. Tickets and all details at www.ryedalefestival.com.

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