Ryedale Young Artists

Excellence 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 platform is a sought-after scheme 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.

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.

Join us soon to discover and support the stars of tomorrow.

Being a Ryedale Festival Young Artist has been my highlight of 2022 so far. The chance to perform wonderful music with talented colleagues in the gorgeous venues of North Yorkshire, to such supportive audiences, was both an artistic and personal pleasure. Being a part of such a high-calibre festival meant that my own skills were stretched in a positive way; all within the unending support from everyone working at the Festival that made everything feel so easy. Particularly valuable for me personally was the mentoring opportunity with festival director Chris Glynn, who offered advice not just with the repertoire I was due to perform, but also in regards to my career in general. In addition, the offer of a recorded Ryestream recital meant gaining access to high quality recordings, which would normally come at a high fee. I hope that this is just the happy beginning of a long association with the Ryedale Festival.

Krystal Tunnicliffe – Current Young Artist

As a 2022 Ryedale Young Artist, I was given valuable coaching from Chris Glynn in the lead up to the Festival which was hugely helpful and a great way to help prepare repertoire not only for our Festival performances but also for recitals elsewhere. Being Ryedale Young Artists gave me a fantastic platform to boost our profile as a duo, particularly in the online engagement and support from the Festival which is so important for current emerging artists. I was also able to make high quality recordings with a professional sound engineer which will also be so useful for to have for future applications. I felt nurtured by the Festival but equally given freedom to present myself artistically in a way that felt authentic and unique.


Sian Dicker- Current Young Artist

Current Young Artists

Sian Dicker soprano

Krystal Tunnicliffe piano

Ryan Corbett accordion

Ashby Mayes bassoon

Roberts Balanas violin

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.