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Great music in beautiful places…


Welcome to the Ryedale Festival 


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Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area full of history and natural beauty.

The festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. Events range far and wide across the area and performances are given at the great houses of Castle Howard , Hovingham, Duncombe Park and Sledmere, as well as in York Minster, Ampleforth Abbey, Scarborough Spa, Helmsley Arts Centre and many other venues. There is also a popular series of Coffee Concerts given in the many beautiful, often remote, country churches of North Yorkshire and a series of literary events, talks, exhibitions, theatre, jazz and family events.

Forthcoming events include an unmissable performance of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius.
‘This is the best of me’, wrote Elgar at the end of a score that is full of passion, virtuosity, momentous climaxes and a profound sense of mystery. Heard in the splendour of York Minster, with Sir Mark Elder conducting the orchestra and choirs of the Hallé and an outstanding team of soloists, this will surely be an unforgettable performance.

Details will be announced soon for a Spring Weekend of concerts between 16th- 18th March 2018, during which the full programme will be announced for next year’s festival, which will take place between 13th - 29th July 2018.

Join us soon to discover the festival’s unique magic.

Christopher Glynn

Artistic Director






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