Young Artists and Young Artists Opera

Ryedale Festival Young Artists

Excellent and opportunity are at the heart of the Ryedale Festival which, since its earliest days, has helped launch and develop the careers of outstanding performers. The festival’s Young Artist scheme is a sought-after platform that every year provides performance, mentoring and profile-raising opportunities for a small group of exceptionally talented performers at the beginning of their professional careers.

Over a two-year period, Young Artists perform at the festival, develop a close relationship with the audience, receive bespoke mentoring from world famous musicians and sector leaders, and enhance their profile through professionally filmed performances for the festival’s award-winning digital platform RyeStream. They also benefit from the festival’s inclusive ethos and broad range of partnerships. For example, some have worked in local schools to share their skills and inspire the next generation of performers, while others have devised special concerts for audiences with dementia.

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Current Young Artists

Ryan Corbett accordion; Roberts Balanas violin; Sian Dicker soprano; Ashby Mayes bassoon; Krystal Tunnicliffe piano

How to apply

Opportunities are available for outstanding singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles who can build a relationship with our audience and make the most of the opportunities the festival can offer.

Ryedale Festival Young Artists are generally either finishing their training or in the early stages of a professional career, and many have been successful in major international competitions. But there is no upper age limit, and we are open to applications to those who are taking different routes to their career. You can watch performances by some of the current and former Young Artists here.

To be considered as a Young Artist, please send a short video (up to 10 minutes long) of you performing to the festival’s General Manager, together with your CV and a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in becoming a Ryedale Festival Young Artist. Applications can be submitted at any point during the year and you will receive a reply within three months.

Support our Young Artists

Joining our Young Artists Circle is one of the most rewarding ways to support the festival. Members support our work to put excellence and opportunity at the heart of the festival, either by sponsoring specific Young Artists or by supporting the scheme as a whole. In gratitude for their generosity, members are offered exclusive opportunities to step closer to the work of the Young Artists, following their development over two years.

For more information on how you can support our Young Artists, please contact the festival’s General Manager Stewart Campbell.

Young Artist Opera

Ryedale Festival Opera works with outstanding singers, musicians and creatives in the early stages of their careers. Described by Opera magazine as one of the ‘essential breeding grounds for young singers’, with ‘an unerring eye for emerging talent’, it has also been praised by the Yorkshire Post as ‘an object lesson to our large opera companies as to how much can be achieved from so little’.

In recent years, acclaimed productions (many of them subsequently touring to other venues and festivals around the UK) have been mounted of operas including The Cunning Little Vixen, Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute, The Coronation of Poppea, The Merry Widow, Alcina, Cosi fan tutté, Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea. Many singers involved also taken part in song projects which are a prominent feature of the festival’s programming.

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Current Young Artist Opera Principals

Edward Jowle bass-baritone; Caroline Blair soprano; Matthew Mckinney tenor; Emilia Bertolini soprano; Henry Ross tenor

How to apply

Singers interested in auditioning for Ryedale Festival Opera should register their interest by contacting the Festival Office to receive casting notices when they are issued.