New Partnerships for 2016 RYEDALE FESTIVAL

New Partnerships for 2016 RYEDALE FESTIVAL

04 April 2016 12:00 am


New Partnerships for 2016 RYEDALE FESTIVAL




  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment announced as new Festival Partner

  • Actor Jeremy Irons joins as Artist in Residence to perform at Castle Howard – the filming location of the series Brideshead Revisited in which he starred

  • Royal Northern Sinfonia continues relationship with Ryedale Festival as key partner

  • Additional residencies from Sir James MacMillan and the Heath Quartet

  • World premieres include: four pieces from Composer in Residence, Sir James MacMillan; new English translations of Handel’s opera Alcina and Schubert’s Winterreise; andUK premiere of work by Kensaku Shimizu

Today, the Ryedale Festival announces a new long-term partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE). The orchestra joins as Festival Partner, alongside existing partner Royal Northern Sinfonia. Musicians from the OAE’s Experiencescheme will accompany a cast of young singers in two performances of Handel’s opera Alcina (16 and 18 July).

Crispin Woodhead, Managing Director of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, said: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with the Ryedale Festival. We have admired the work and quality of the festival for many years, and it is wonderful to now be a part of it and bring the OAE’s world class, radical and exciting approach to period performance to audiences in North Yorkshire, demonstrating the Orchestra’s strong commitment to touring in the UK. This year’s production of Handel’s Alcina gives the talented musicians in our Experience scheme a great opportunity and we are already planning more exciting performances for future years with the Ryedale Festival.’

In addition to this new, long-term partnership, the Ryedale Festival’s 2016 season (15 – 31 July) boasts Artists in Residence including actor Jeremy Irons, the Heath Quartet and composer Sir James MacMillan.

Jeremy Irons will be performing alongside the Heath Quartet in four concerts that pair Beethoven’s late String Quartets with T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The concerts take place on the 19, 20, 21 and 23 July at various venues across the Ryedale area including Castle Howard, where Irons filmed the TV series Brideshead Revisited back in the 1980s.

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