The Easter Festival offers a weekend of concerts including performances by countertenor Iestyn Davies in his home city of York, top international choir The Sixteen, and the acclaimed Busch Trio

The Sixteen’s concert launches ‘Ryedale Festival in Scarborough’ – a new initiative that commits to presenting major Festival events in the coastal town

Ryedale Festival reaches out to audiences in Scarborough and York with headline concerts in each venue

Ryedale Festival’s Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn announces the programme for the Summer 2017 Festival

Described by The Times as ‘Yorkshire’s boldest music festival’, the Ryedale Festival launches its 2017 programme with a weekend of concerts across North Yorkshire from 21 – 23 April 2017. Continuing to go from strength to strength, Ryedale Festival has enjoyed ticket sales that have more than doubled over the last five years and 2017 will offer yet another exciting programme bringing the very best in classical music to the many beautiful venues of Ryedale.

The Easter Festival will open on 21 April with the fast-rising Busch Trio at St Peter’s Church, Norton, as they present a programme of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Dvořák. After the concert, Ryedale Festival’s Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn, will announce the programme for Ryedale Festival 2017.

Saturday 22 April sees The Sixteen – one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles – perform in the Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough, as they explore the relationship between words and music with a programme deeply rooted in the great British Choral tradition with works by composers such as Britten, Howells, Harris and Finzi. This concert is part of the new ‘Ryedale Festival in Scarborough’ initiative that aims to bring major Festival events to the town.

The weekend closes on 23 April with a chance to hear the internationally acclaimed countertenor, Iestyn Davies, in his home city of York. Performing at the National Centre for Early Music, Davies is joined by lutenist Thomas Dunford for an intimate programme of music from the golden age of the lute song featuring works by composers such as Purcell, Dowland and Handel.

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival, said: ‘We have a really exciting programme lined up for this season, with new ventures in York and Scarborough alongside the main programme, which as ever aims to bring the best in classical music to the many beautiful venues of Ryedale.’


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