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A Yorkshire festival with an international reputation, sharing great music in beautiful places

Artistic Director’s Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Ryedale Festival 2022 – a season of inspiring performances in beautiful and historic locations across North Yorkshire.

The final event of our 2022 season is an unmissable performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the inspiring surroundings of York Minster. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Choir, with stellar soloists Natalya Romaniw, Alice Coote, Thomas Atkins and James Platt.

Earlier in the year, our summer festival mingled legendary performers such Dame Janet Baker with stars of the new generation such as the Kanneh-Masons. Artists in residence included Roderick Williams, the Maxwell Quartet, Gesualdo Six, National Youth Choir and Philharmonia Baroque. The programme found a special place for the music of Handel, including a pop-up production of his magical little opera Acis and Galatea. It also celebrated the legacy of Vaughan Williams in his 150th anniversary year, the genre-blending brilliance of Errollyn Wallen, and the 50th birthday of Swedish supergroup ABBA.

In June, our Community Song Cycle Seven Mercies celebrated the heritage and talent of Pickering with around 60 children and local amateur performers. Highlights from that performance, along with specially filmed concerts by some of this year’s artists, will be shared soon on our digital platform RyeStream.com, which offers a window on the festival, another way to engage. For more details, please join our mailing list so we can keep you updated.

The festival was recently praised by The Guardian for its ‘soaring ambition’. To support that ambition, please consider making a donation so we can plan for the future with confidence. Every penny will be spent carefully to ensure that live music continues to thrive in beautiful Ryedale places.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the festival.

– Christopher Glynn