A note from the Artistic Director
How does a festival reinvent itself for the summer of 2021?
Our answer is a one-off, late-announced, open-ended, can-do-spirited programme of summer events that brings extraordinary and inspiring performers to beautiful Ryedale places. Performers like Jess Gillam, Abel Selaocoe, Carolyn Sampson, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Miloš, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Big Band, Kathryn Tickell and Tenebrae, as well as Poet Laureate Simon Armitage – and many more.
The format will be slightly different. Events will be shorter (around one hour long, and without interval), with reduced capacity to prioritise audience safety, but multiple performances to enable as many people as possible to attend.
But the core elements are what they have always been: great music, beautiful Ryedale places, and you, the audience. Because for performers like me, after the experience of the past year, one thing seems clearer than ever before: we don’t make music for an audience; we make music with the audience.
We look forward to welcoming you back – and thank you for coming and making music with us this July.