Ryedale Festival to host concert in York Minster

Ryedale Festival to host concert in York Minster

04 April 2016 12:00 am



Today, the Ryedale Festival announces a landmark collaboration for 2017. On 4 November next year, Ryedale Festival will present a major concert featuring one of the UK’s leading symphonic ensembles. The Hallé will perform Elgar’s monumental oratorio The Dream of Gerontius under the esteemed baton of the orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder.

The concert takes place in York Minster and marks yet another milestone in the Ryedale Festival’s continuing journey in offering world-class music-making outside of the UK’s capital.

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, said: ‘To have the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder perform as part of the Ryedale Festival is a huge honour for the festival, building on its reputation for bringing great music to beautiful places, as one of great sacred masterpieces of English music is performed in one of the country’s finest buildings.’

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For further information, please contact Libby Binks, Sharp Arts Media:

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Notes to Editors:

Ryedale Festival 15 – 31 July 2016

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 venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area marked by its history and its 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 2014, Ryedale Festival continues to be solely funded by the generous support of its members, friends, patrons and sponsors. Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn, joined the Festival in 2010 and 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 a long tradition of opera, invariably highly acclaimed by both critics and audience, together with strong support and enthusiasm for talented young performers.


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For further information, please contact Libby Binks, Sharp Arts Media:
libby@sharpartsmedia.com / 07841 463 056