Ryedale Festival 2018
Friday 13 - Sunday 29 July 2018
Great music in beautiful places…
Welcome to the Ryedale Festival 2018, bringing great music and top-class performers to beautiful and historic venues, in a unique and friendly atmosphere amid idyllic North Yorkshire countryside.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Royal Northern Sinfonia give major concerts at Hovingham Hall, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge are at Ampleforth Abbey and the Orchestra of Opera North bring an unmissable symphonic programme to Scarborough Spa.
There’s a new production of Così fan tutte, Mozart’s great comedy of duty, desire and lost innocence. Other stories of growing up are explored too: in Alexandra Dariescu’s piano-ballet The Nutcracker and I. and a touching musical memoir of childhood by Alan Bennett.
The Albion Quartet and friends focus on Dvořák, exploring the folk-flecked optimism of his chamber music and songs to a series of morning Coffee Concerts; whilst a parallel series, Soli Deo Gloria, couples poetry (read by Alex Jennings) with music by Bach, who believed art should aim for the ‘refreshment of the soul’.
The Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, is composer in residence. There are also festival residencies for the vocal ensemble I Fagiolini and viol consort Fretwork – both renowned for the vitality and freshness of their music-making – and the ground-breaking ensemble Chineke!, which champions diversity in classical music.
The great American pianist Richard Goode leads a sparkling line-up of soloists, including Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Gabriela Montero,Adam Walker, Kathryn Rudge, Elin Manahan Thomas, Benjamin Appl, Rachel Podger and Charles Owen, along with outstanding emerging artists such as cellists Kian Soltani and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
The festival celebrates the 90th birthday of its President John Warrack but also creates opportunities for a new generation of musicians and music lovers, with the Ryedale500 ticket offer, Young Artist Platform concerts and a series of masterclasses that gives local young musicians the chance to work with renowned visiting artists.
There’s jazz too, both hot and cool, along with talks, literary events, an art exhibition and much more. And on the horizon, in 2019, an unmissable performance by the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at York Minster.
‘Art that has to pay its own way is apt to become cheap’ said Dvořák once – and it is certainly true that a programme such as this is only possible because of the festival’s many generous supporters and volunteers. I’m thrilled to be able to share my enthusiasm for the music and musicians in this programme. I hope you find lots to inspire you in the festival and look forward to seeing you there.
8 - Nutcracker And I
15 July 2018
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, YO10 5DD
Alexandra Dariescu (piano)
A little girl walks onto the stage and starts to play the piano. Snow begins to fall and the little girl transforms into a woman, playing some of the most loved ballet music of all time. The Nutcracker and I is a groundbreaking multimedia performance for pianist, ballerina, digital animation - and anyone who dares to dream. Alexandra Dariescu tells us her own story as Clara, a little girl from Romania who came to Yorkshire as a child and grew up to become a concert pianist. She is joined on stage by a ballerina who dances behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto it, and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn, which follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music.
7 - Ways With Words - Dame Jenni Murray
15 July 2018
The Galtres Centre, Easingwold, YO61 3AE
A History of Britain in 21 women
Jenni Murray’s latest book shines new light on some of the remarkable and trailblazing women whose intellect, passion and sheer determination have helped to make Britain what it is today. From warrior queen Boadicea and playwright-turned-spy, Aphra Behn, to 1960s fashion icon, Mary Quant, she celebrates the pioneering achievements of Britain’s feistiest females, from bygone centuries to the present day. Dame Jenni has met many inspirational figures as host of Woman’s Hour but her renowned passion for social justice began long before, in her Barnsley childhood. Join her to travel through time, pick up a few forgotten facts and indulge in the company of some brilliant and visionary women whose lives embodied hope and change.
Prices: Full £20.00, Under 25 £10.00
30 - Orchestra Of Opera North
Saturday 21 July 2018
Scarborough Spa, Grand Hall, YO11 2HD
Renato Balsadonna (conductor)
Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
Beethoven – Symphony no. 5 in C minor
Elgar – Sea Pictures
Brahms – Symphony no. 4 in E minor
Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven’s most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony. These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece, as one of the fastest-rising young British singers performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.
Prices: Full £25.00, Under 25 £12.50
37 - Coffee Concert - Cello And Piano
Tuesday 24 July 2018
St John & All Saints Church, Easingwold, YO61 3JU
Kian Soltani (cello)
Aaron Pilsan (piano)
Brahms - Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor
Thomas Larcher - Mumien
Reza Vali - Eight Songs
Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango
Rave reviews and invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls have propelled this 25-year-old Austro-Persian cellist from rising star to one of the most exciting musicians of this generation, championed by Daniel Barenboim and much praised for his striking individuality, depth of expression and charismatic presence.
43- Soli Deo Gloria 2
📅 26 July 2018
St Lawrence's Church, York, YO10 3WP
I Fagiolini and The 24
Robert Hollingworth (director)
Alex Jennings (reader)
George Herbert – The Prayer
Bach – Lutheran Mass in F major
George Herbert – The Sacrifice
Bach - Cantata Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält (BWV 178)
Soloists from I Fagiolini join their director Robert Hollingworth and the young voices of The 24 for two works from the heart of Bach’s sacred catalogue, including a cantata that exhorts us to ‘have faith, faith and let the rest of the world grumble’ and - a mass that contrasts splendid choruses and moving arias where individual voices and solo instruments duet. Alongside the music, Alex Jennings reads two of George Herbert’s greatest poems, including his great meditation that imagines the thoughts of Christ on the cross, asking ‘Was ever grief like mine?’
Free Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits served from 10:00am – 10.45am.
Prices: Full 15.00 , Under 25 7.50