Ryedale Festival announces the launch of ‘RYEDALE FESTIVAL IN SCARBOROUGH

Ryedale Festival announces the launch of ‘RYEDALE FESTIVAL IN SCARBOROUGH

21 April 2017 7:30 pm

Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough

Ryedale Festival announces the launch of   ‘RYEDALE FESTIVAL IN SCARBOROUGH


  • Ryedale Festival reaches out to audiences in Scarborough with a commitment to regular, high-profile concerts in the town

 Described by The Times as ‘Yorkshire’s boldest music festival’, the Ryedale Festival launches Ryedale Festival in Scarborough – a new initiative that aims to bring major Festival events to the town.

Launching at Ryedale Festival’s Easter Weekend (21 – 23 April 2017), the initiative will commence on Saturday 22 April with a performance by The Sixteen – one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles – in the Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough, as they explore the relationship between words and music. The programme is deeply rooted in the great British Choral tradition with works by composers such as Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells, William Harris and Gerald Finzi.

Opera North L wRyedale Festival in Scarborough will also see a concert by The Orchestra of Opera North at the Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa on 21 July 2017 at 7.30pm as part of Ryedale Festival’s Summer Festival. Under the direction of Opera North’s Music Director, Aleksandar Markovic, the orchestra will perform Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture; Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with soloist Pavel Kolesnikov; and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Scarborough was recently announced by Visit England as being the most visited holiday destination by British tourists outside of the capital and its stunning coastal vistas contribute further to Ryedale Festival’s existing backdrop of breath-taking venues.

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival, said: ‘The Ryedale Festival has found a rapidly-growing and enthusiastic audience on Yorkshire’s coast and I’m delighted that we have made thiscommitment to regular, high-profile concerts in the town. Our 2017 season will include these two very special events in Scarborough, both of which reflect the Festival’s ambition to present ‘Great music in beautiful places’ and I hope music-lovers throughout the area will be inspired to support and enjoy what I’m sure will be two unforgettable concerts.’

Richard Mantle, OBE, General Director of Opera North, said: ‘Opera North is looking forward to returning to Scarborough and introducing our Music Director, Aleksandar Markovic, to our audiences there. We’re also delighted to renew our relationship with Ryedale Festival, a Yorkshire institution that shares our commitment to world class music and the development of young artists.’

For further information please contact

Libby Binks at libby@sharpartsmedia.com / +44 (0) 7841 463 056

Ryedale Festival Box Office:       Call: 01751 47577       Email: box.office@ryedalefestival.com

Notes to Editors:

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 Hall, Duncombe Park and Sledmere, as well as in Ampleforth Abbey, York Minster, Helmsley Arts Centre, Pickering Kirk Theatre and many other local 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.

The market towns and villages of the region – principally Malton, Helmsley and Pickering – are of a muted loveliness, and seem not much changed for decades. Beautiful medieval churches and major stately homes abound. The surrounding countryside encompasses the North York Moors and magisterial Howardian Hills, as well as vast rolling landscapes and wooded valleys through which the River Rye flows.

The festival began in 1981 when four musician friends, Geoffrey and June Emerson, and Peter and Alex White, had the idea of launching a small series of local concerts. This first Helmsley Festival brought together more friends and other professional musicians, and made an immediate impact on the town and its surroundings. So popular did it become that after five Festivals a broader base was called for, and the Ryedale District Council stepped in with the generous support, enabling it to grow. Before long, events ranged far and wide in the area to make a true Ryedale Festival.  Since 2010, its Artistic Director has been Christopher Glynn and the festival has gone from strength to strength, winning for itself a national, even international circle of friends and a growing reputation for the excellence of its programming, while broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 have also brought its work to a national audience.

Highlights of recent festivals include visits by many internationally renowned soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. There is also a long tradition of opera, invariably highly acclaimed by both critics and audience. There is also a strong tradition of support and enthusiasm for talented young performers. 

Visit England figures
 Figures released by Visit England in June 2016 based on a three-year average for trips made by British visitors between 2013 and 2015, show the Borough of Scarborough finishing second overall for holiday trips and holiday spend, only missing out on the top spot to capital city, London.