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 […]
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The 2017 Ryedale Festival concludes this coming Saturday with a great tailpiece, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, performed in the magnificent surroundings of York Minster. Gerontius is a dying man, an ‘everyman’ character who commends his soul to God and prays with his friends for a safe passage into the next life. Elgar’s choral masterpiece follows his […]
The full programme for the 2017 Ryedale Festival is now available. You can find a copy at the Kirkbymoorside greengrocers (and probalby elsewhere in the town too) or download it, here. The Festival offers orchestral and chamber music, opera, vocal recitals, jazz, talks, and actor Simon Callow reading the poetry of Anna Akhmatova with music […]
Continuing our (accidental) run of musical items, here are more details of the Easter weekend concerts on offer from the Ryedale Festival:
Have you bought your tickets for the Ryedale Festival yet? If not, you are too late for all four of the “Meeting of Minds” concerts which feature Beethoven’s late quartets and readings from T.S. Eliot’s poems by Jeremy Irons, all of which are sold out, as are the pre-concert talks. Also sold out are the […]
The Ryedale Festival introduces its 2016 season to York audiences with a Double Concert in York’s two great medieval halls, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, and Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Aldwark. Two short contrasting concerts are performed twice; the audiences will change places either side of the interval. In the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the Heath Quartet evoke […]
Great music, outstanding performers, beautiful venues, scenic countryside, a unique and friendly atmosphere: welcome to the 2016 Ryedale Festival. The full programme is now available to download from the Festival website. Introducing the programme, Artistic Director Christopher Glynn said: The late music of Beethoven takes centre stage, including all of his late string quartets. These […]
Ryedale Festival brings you an Easter treat of three additional concerts: Kosmos, April 1, Galtres Centre, Easingwold Music from around the globe performed by the brilliant Kosmos Ensemble – a group that is re-defining classical and world music. Sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild folk fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish […]
Ryedale Festival is taking a short break from planning next year’s events to offer a Christmas concert with a difference, at St Michael’s Church, Malton on December 4. “Sing We Jule” features Joglaresa, a group of six musicians and singers, who have been described as “early music’s bit of rough”! Comprising outstanding international performers from […]
The full programme for the 2015 Ryedale Festival, which runs from Friday July 17 to Sunday August 2, is now available in brochure form or on line. Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, has this to say about it: Two weeks of inspiring performances in the many beautiful and historic venues in and […]
For details of the programme for this concert, see our earlier post.
The Ryedale Festival starts very soon now, but it’s still not too late to book tickets. Here is a reminder of the programme: For more details, see the Festival website.
The programme for the 2014 Ryedale Festival is now available, and you can download a full copy from the Festival’s splendid new web site. In addition to the usual feast of musical entertainment, the Festival offers a couple of unexpected gems in the form of two outstanding poets. No lesser person that the Poet Laureate […]
The 2014 Ryedale Festival will be launched on Friday 11th April with a concert by the Sacconi Quartet at St Peter’s Church in Norton, a favourite venue of the Festival. The programme will be: • Bridge – Novelleten • Mozart – String quartet No 16 in E flat major K. 428 • Dvorak – String […]
The Ryedale Festival is one of the UK’s leading classical music festivals. For over thirty years, it has brought some of the world’s leading classical musicians to stunning, historic venues in North Yorkshire for two weeks each July. They are now recruiting for the newly created position of General Manager to work closely with the […]
Last year The Ryedale Festival were helped on over 300 occasions by local volunteers hosting visiting musicians. This year is no different, with artists again needing local overnight stays. These include well-known musicians and TV personalities such as Steven Isserlis and Patricia Routledge, to the 32 or so chorus members and creative team of the […]
Public booking for the Ryedale Festival opened yesterday, and popular events fill up quickly, so it’s time to get organised if you want to be sure of getting your choice of tickets. If you haven’t already got a brochure, you can pick one up (if you are very quick) at the cheese stall in today’s […]
The 2013 Ryedale Festival runs from July 12 to 28. Artists from all over the world, both established and emerging, perform in the spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale. This year events include: Opera (The Magic Flute), an evening of Gershwin, Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Noyes Fludde (Britten) and many others. Artists include Christopher […]
A concert to launch the 2013 Ryedale Festival will be held on Monday 22nd April at St Peter’s Church, Norton at 7.30 p.m. The vibrant and award winning Gould Piano Trio will play Haydn – Piano trio no. 18 in A major (Hob. XV); Arensky – Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor ; Beethoven – […]
The final flourish of the 2012 Ryedale Festival will be a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Barbican in York on Saturday October 6. Choral singers from all over Yorkshire join together to form the Ryedale Festival Chorus, here making their debut performance alongside a stellar line-up of soloists and distinguished conductor Simon Wright, in […]
The Ryedale Festival has generously named our local youth homeless charity SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) as this year’s nominated charity. Volunteers will be collecting at six of the concerts, with donations helping to provide safe accommodation in the homes of volunteer hosts. So that’s even more reason to support the Festival! Several concerts are […]
Bought your tickets for the Ryedale Festival yet? If not, you may be interested to note that the following events have now sold out: 13 July Opening Concert17 July Pre-opera talk20 July Coffee Concert22 July Alessandro Taverna in recital24 July Coffee Concert; and Roderick Williams in recital26 July Coffee Concert; and Cole Porter songbook29 July […]
Described by The Times as “in a class of her own”, Kate Royal will be appearing at the Ryedale Festival Gala Concert to be held at Duncombe Park on Friday 13th July. A regular visitor to all the world most famous concert halls and opera houses, Kate Royal is a soprano of immense quality – […]
Have you ever wondered, as you drive through Hovingham, what’s behind those massive doors to Hovingham Hall? Well, now is your chance to find out, but you have to be quick. The Hall is open to the public for a brief period each year, and the time is now: daily from June 1 to 28, […]
The team bringing the enormous Community Opera project to Ryedale every year since 2000 is embarking on a new challenge this summer, and needs singers and dancers to step up and join them. “We are going to try and stage an entire new piece, ‘7 Ages’ by Tim Brooks, in just two days at the […]
Instead of an audition, leading up to lots of weekend rehearsals and a full five-day production week, the Community Opera team is attempting a new challenge – to stage a Dance Oratorio in JUST TWO DAYS!! Tim Brooks is writing a new piece, based on the Shakespeare speech Seven Ages of Man (from As You Like It), […]
The Ryedale Festival Community Opera this year will be ‘A Pig’s Tale’ and directors Em Whitfield and Tim Brooks are currently in the last week of intensive rehearsals. This film was taken yesterday at the show’s venue – St Peter’s Church in Norton. You’ll see just a small number from the cast of actors, singers, […]
The Ryedale Festival Community Opera this year will be ‘A Pig’s Tale’ and director Em Whitfield is looking for actors, singers, dancers, musicians, mcs, djs and rappers of all ages. Audition workshops will take place on May 15th at two locations so come to whichever is nearest: Helmsley Arts Centre – 3-4.30pmSt Peter’s Church, Norton […]
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