A note from the Artistic Director

Chris Glynn
Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director

How does a festival reinvent itself for the summer of 2021?

Our answer was 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. You can see some of these artists wishing the Ryedale Festival ‘Happy Birthday’ in its 40th Anniversary year here.

The core elements of the Festival, this year more than ever before, are great music, beautiful Ryedale places, and you, the audience. Because for performers like me, after the experience of the past year and a half, one thing seems clearer than ever before: we don’t make music for an audience; we make music with the audience. 

Thank you for coming and making music with us this July.

Christopher Glynn
Artistic Director