It seems that the good folk who run the Ryedale Festival never sleep. As the 2017 Festival came to a resounding conclusion on Saturday evening with the magnificent strains of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius vibrating around York Minster, the start of the 2018 Festival was announced.
The Ryedale Festival 2018 Launch Concert will be held on16 March 2018 at 7:30 pm, at Pickering Parish Church.
The Arod Quartet will play:
- Mendelssohn – String Quartet in E minor (op. 44, no. 2)
- Webern – Langsamer Satz
- Beethoven – String Quartet in F major (op. 59, no. 1)
The Ryedale Festival season opens with music of deep happiness: the high spirits of a quartet Mendelssohn composed shortly after the birth of his first child, followed by the lush romanticism of a magical early piece by Webern, conceived during a country walk with his lover and breathing an air of contentment and oneness with nature. The outstanding Arod Quartet then turn to the first of Beethoven’s famous Razumovsky quartets, an epic work famous for the solemn grandeur of its slow movement which Beethoven called ‘a weeping willow or acacia tree on my brother’s grave’.
The launch weekend will continue with classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia in recital at St Michael’s Church in Malton on Saturday March 17, and singers Catriona Morison and Christopher Glynn in recital at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Sunday March 18, both at 7.30 pm. Please see the Festival website for more details.
Tickets for all three concerts in the launch weekend are now on sale, at a flat rate of £20 each, or £50 for all three.
After the launch concert, the Festival’s Artistic Director Christopher Glynn will introduce the programme for the 2018 Festival, which will take place from 15 to 29 July.