Ryedale Festival announces its Easter 2017 Programme

Ryedale Festival announces its Easter 2017 Programme

07 March 2017 8:00 am


Ryedale Festival announces its Easter 2017 Programme


  • The Easter Festival offers a weekend of concerts including performances by countertenor Iestyn Davies in his home city of York, top international choir The Sixteen, and the acclaimed Busch Trio

  • The Sixteen’s concert launches ‘Ryedale Festival in Scarborough’ – a new initiative that commits to presenting major Festival events in the coastal tow

  • Ryedale Festival reaches out to audiences in Scarborough and York with headline concerts in each venue

  • Ryedale Festival’s Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn announces the programme for the Summer 2017 Festival

Described by The Times as ‘Yorkshire’s boldest music festival’, the Ryedale Festival launches its 2017 programme with a weekend of concerts across North Yorkshire from 21 – 23 April 2017. Continuing to go from strength to strength, Ryedale Festival has enjoyed ticket sales that have more than doubled over the last five years and 2017 will offer yet another exciting programme bringing the very best in classical music to the many beautiful venues of Ryedale.

The Easter Festival will open on 21 April with the fast-rising Busch Trio at St Peter’s Church, Norton, as they present a programme of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Dvořák. After the concert, Ryedale Festival’s Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn, will announce the programme for Ryedale Festival 2017.

Saturday 22 April sees The Sixteen – one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles – perform in the Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough, as they explore the relationship between words and music with a programme deeply rooted in the great British Choral tradition with works by composers such as Britten, Howells, Harris and Finzi. This concert is part of the new ‘Ryedale Festival in Scarborough’ initiative that aims to bring major Festival events to the town.

The weekend closes on 23 April with a chance to hear the internationally acclaimed countertenor, Iestyn Davies, in his home city of York. Performing at the National Centre for Early Music, Davies is joined by lutenist Thomas Dunford for an intimate programme of music from the golden age of the lute song featuring works by composers such as Purcell, Dowland and Handel.

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival, said: ‘We have a really exciting programme lined up for this season, with new ventures in York and Scarborough alongside the main programme, which as ever aims to bring the best in classical music to the many beautiful venues of Ryedale.’

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


Concert details:


Friday 21 April 2017, 7:30 pm

Opening Concert and Launch of the Summer Festival Programme

Busch Piano Trio

Haydn: Piano Trio No. 45 in E flat major (Hob. XV: 29)
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
Dvořák: Trio No. 4 in E minor 
The Dumky

St Peter's Church, 97 Langton Rd, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 9AE

Tickets £20 and £17 under 25s £5
on-line booking available


22 April 2017, 7:30 pm

The Sixteen: Harry Christophers (conductor)

Poetry in Music

Harris: Faire is the Heaven
MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver
Rubbra: There is a Spirit
Weelkes: When David Heard
Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air
Britten: The Evening Primrose
Dove: Into thy Hands

Britten: Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Pearsall: Lay a Garland
Rubbra: Eternitie
East: When David Heard
Harris: Bring us, O Lord God
Finzi: My Spirit Sang all Day
Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2BT

Tickets £30, £25 and £20 under 25s £5
on-line booking available


23 April 2017, 3:00 pm

Iestyn Davies in Recital with Thomas Dunford (lute)

Handel: Ombra mai fù
Purcell: Strike the Viol
Purcell: O Solitude
Dowland: Praeludium
Dowland: Fortune
Dowland: King of Denmark’s Galliard
Dowland: Can She Excuse My Wrongs
Dowland: Go Crystal Tears
Dowland: Come Again Sweet Love
Dowland: Melancholy Galliard
Kapsberger: Toccata 6
Purcell: Music for a While
Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell
Weldon (after Britten): Alleluia

Anon: Passava Amor Su Arco Desarmado
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Calata
Anon: Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor
Dowland: Semper Dolens Semper Dowland
Dowland: Behold a Wonder Here
Dowland: Flow My Tears
Dowland: Sorrow Stay
Robert de Visée: from Suite in A Minor for Theorbo
Handel: Oh Lord Whose Mercies Numberless
Dowland: Now Oh Now My Needs Must Par

National Centre for Early Music, York YO1 9TL

Tickets £20 under 25s £5
on-line booking available



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.