Ryedale Festival Announces its 2017 Summer Programme

Ryedale Festival Announces its 2017 Summer Programme

21 April 2017 12:00 am


Ryedale Festival Announces its 2017 Summer Programme





  • Simon Callow and the Carducci Quartet in residence

  • Orchestras include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Hallé

  • Sally Beamish is Composer in Residence

  • Four world premieres, including two by Sally Beamish and a new translation by John Warrack

  • Sir John Tomlinson, Chloë Hanslip and Llŷr Williams explore ‘Schubert’s Last Year’ in a series of concerts

  • Kathleen Ferrier Awards announced as new Festival Partner

  • New venues include Scarborough Spa and York Minster

  • A new production of Mozart’s The Garden of Disguises given two performances at the Festival followed by a UK tour

  • Other major artists include Steven Osborne, Elias Quartet, Pieter Wispelwey, Lawrence Power, Sir Mark Elder, Danny Driver, The Tallis Scholars, Jack Liebeck, the Choir of York Minster, Huw Watkins and Pavel Kolesnikov among others

Today, the Ryedale Festival announces major artists from Simon Callow to Sir Mark Elder, in an imaginative programme for its 2017 Summer season (14 – 30 July) and beyond.

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, said: ‘The festival continues to move forward with an ambitious programme for 2017 that builds on the signature qualities of the festival – great music, superb performers, beautiful places and a friendly atmosphere. Four unmissable orchestral concerts headline the festival, but there is also a wealth of intimate music-making in stunning venues across North Yorkshire. I hope audiences will be inspired to join us for two exciting weeks of music-making and much more.’

100 years after the Russian Revolution, Simon Callow and the Carducci Quartet are in residence to explore a mysterious relationship between two of the great creative spirits of Soviet Russia, as string quartets by Shostakovich are programmed alongside poetry by Anna Akhmatova over four concerts (16, 18, 19 & 20 July). Callow also contributes the Festival’s Ways with Words literary series, which also sees an appearance by Lucy Worsley.


World premieres include two works by internationally renowned Sally Beamish, who is composer in residence. Her music features throughout the festival, celebrating influences from folk and jazz, and encompasses performances by the composer herself, along with Catriona Mackay (Scottish harp), Chris Stout (Shetland Fiddle), the Elias Quartet and Huw Wiggin (saxophone).

The festival celebrates the centenary of one of Ryedale’s and the country’s most distinguished musicians – the organist and composer Francis Jackson. At the same time, the Festival also champions the next generation of performers and music-lovers with a series of initiatives such as several Young Artist Platform concerts – including one featuring the world premiere of a new Brass Quintet by Richard Shephard (17 July) – free festival workshops and the Ryedale500 ticket scheme offering discounted tickets to under 25s.

A new production of Mozart’s The Garden of Disguises (La Finta Giardiniera) features a new translation by John Warrack (15 & 17 July) and will also tour to several other festivals throughout the country. The festival also completes its trilogy of Schubert’s great song cycles and collections in modern English translations by Jeremy Sams with a performance of Swansong (Schwanengesang) performed by Sir John Tomlinson and Christopher Glynn (23 July).

Ryedale Festival is proud to be partnering with the Kathleen Ferrier Awards to bring audiences the chance to hear two of the country’s most prestigious award-winning singers perform a varied programme. This year sees recent winners, soprano Gemma Summerfield and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, perform at Helmsley Arts Centre (20 July).

Other major artists performing events across the Festival include Steven Osborne, The Tallis Scholars, Chloë Hanslip, Danny Driver, Llŷr Williams, Jack Liebeck, Sophie Bevan and the Choir of York Minster among others.

Later in the year, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé give a landmark performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in York Minster (4 November)

Venues range from the elegance of Scarborough Spa to the splendour of York Minster and also include many of the beautiful, sometimes remote country churches of the area, along with stately homes like Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, Hovingham and Sledmere.

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

libby@sharpartsmedia.com / 07841 463 056

Notes to Editors:

Tickets on general sale Monday 22 May. Ryedale Festival Box Office: 01751 475777

Ryedale Festival 14 – 30 July 2017

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. Before long, events ranged far and wide in the area to make a true Ryedale Festival. Since 2014, Ryedale Festival has been solely funded by the generous support of its members, friends, patrons and sponsors. Christopher Glynn joined the Festival as Artistic Director in 2010 and it has gone from strength to strength, with rapidly growing ticket sales, an international circle of friends and supporters, 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.

Ryedale Festival is proud to boast some of the biggest names in British classical music as being amongst its line-up of Vice-Presidents including Richard Farnes, Michael Berkeley and Sir Thomas Allen.
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.