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A note from the Artistic Director

Chris Glynn
Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director

What place do music and nature have in our lives after a year of lockdown?

Solace, escape and hope are at the heart of our online Spring Festival, filmed in Ryedale in collaboration with the Yorkshire Arboretum and Castle Howard, and shared with viewers throughout the world.

Join us to enjoy seven days of great music from beautiful Yorkshire locations, interleaved with specially-created wildlife footage by the award-winning filmmaker Cain Scrimgeour, whose stunning camerawork will capture spring’s arrival in Yorkshire.

Our Spring Festival will be shared from 2nd May on our RyeStream platform and you can find more details here. Content is free-to-view but please make a donation to support our digital programme if you can.

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Our online platform RyeStream is there to keep the spirit of the festival alive until we can welcome audiences back in person. It’s there to share classical music with more people than could ever fit into one venue. And it’s there to support performers at a time when they have never needed it more.

Looking ahead to the summer, we are hard at work on plans to celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary with an exciting season of live and in-person concerts this summer. More details available here soon, including of a special season-launch concert given by Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk. Please join our mailing list so we can keep you updated.

Whether you are longstanding supporter or a new follower, I hope you enjoy browsing our website, and thank you for being part of the Ryedale Festival family. 

Christopher Glynn
Artistic Director