Ryedale Community Music

About Community
Music Making

The Festival has a long tradition of Community Operas and Community Song Cycles, co-created by professionals and amateur performers, and bringing together people from all walks of life. Friendships are formed, skills are learnt, horizons are widened, and vibrant stories are told.

We also work closely with the Richard Shephard Music Foundation to ensure that as many children as possible in Ryedale have access to musical opportunities, with the Yorkshire Post recognising the ‘commitment the Ryedale Festival has to encouraging young people to participate and enjoy what is on their doorstep’.

The Festival also stages regular Come and Sing events, with leaders including John Rutter, VOCES8 and Ben Parry.

All are welcome to take part. Enthusiasm is all you need and no previous experience of singing or reading music is necessary, as you will be guided by brilliant professionals and welcomed by a wonderful community.

Coming up
in Spring 2023

Join us for an exciting opportunity to create and perform a brand-new piece of music – Give to me the life I love – and work alongside some of the country’s top musicians and meet new friends along the way.

All singers welcome and no experience necessary.


Rehearsals are led by Em Whitfield Brooks and take place on Mondays, 7-8.30pm at Church House, St Peter’s Church, Norton on 27th February, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th March, 3rd and 17th April.

The performance and world premiere takes place at St Peter’s Church, Norton on Saturday 29th April.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact: contact@ryedalefestival.com


The Ryedale Primary Choir will be launched on Monday 13th February at Pickering Community Junior School, YO18 8AJ and is led by Caius Lee.

Following a series of music holiday clubs held over the past year, this exciting new primary choir is for children aged 7 to 11 across Ryedale.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact info@rsmf.org.uk or phone: 01904 557297

Support Community
Music Making

The door is open to everyone with our community projects. Make a donation today and you can help ensure we are able to deliver a vibrant programme of music, performance and participation opportunities for everyone in our community. Thank you for thinking of us.

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