Ryedale Festival Launch Concert [Reviewed]


Friday 11th April 2014, 7.30 pm at St Peter’s Church, Langton Road, Norton

[For review, see further below]

Come and hear the Sacconi Quartet, one of the most exciting and successful string quartets of their generation. They play a major Mozart quartet, Dvorak’s ever popular “American” quartet and start with a piece by Frank Bridge.

This concert launches the programme for the 2014 Festival which runs from 11th to 27th July. Be there and be one of the first to receive the free programme brochure.

Tickets are available now from the Ryedale Festival Box Office priced £18 (allocated centre section) and £12 (unallocated side aisles). 50% reduction for under 18s.

To book, please ring the Box Office on 01751 475777. If no one is available please leave your name and number and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Alternatively, tickets can be booked by emailing: [email protected]

For more about this concert, the Sacconi String Quartet and the Festival as a whole, follow this link to the Ryedale Festival website:

“The festival sensation, the young Sacconi Quartet completely bowled over a packed audience. The chemistry between these four young players is tangible and magical.”    The Scotsman

Missed last year’s Festival? Excerpts from several of the best concerts from the 2013 Ryedale Festival are being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the lunchtime concert slot at 1pm on 8,9,10 and 11 April 2014.


Subsequent to the Ryedale Festival Launch Concert of 11 April, the following review by Martin Dreyer appeared in the York Press on 14 April 2014:

“It was parky outside on Friday evening. But there was warmth aplenty inside St Peter’s, the warmth of reunion. Like the first cuckoo in spring, the Ryedale Festival launch concert brought the promise of sunnier days ahead: 42 events in July, no less.

The Sacconis are not perhaps as well known in the northeast of England as elsewhere in Europe. But they have been around since 2001, and it shows. In Bridge, Mozart and Dvorak alike, their quiet composure was captivating. 

The 25-year-old Bridge’s three Novelletten (1904) were beautifully turned here, with solo viola and cello bouncing along on featherbed accompaniments, and the composer’s harmonic adventures gently pointed. 

Mozart’s 16th quartet, K.428 in E flat, was truly revealing. Barely exceeding mezzo forte throughout, the Sacconis enticed us into their confidence. In an exceptionally soft slow movement, they conjured a gossamer dream. A springy minuet and trio was ideally contrasted by the final rondo, where Mozart’s clever bridges back to the theme were teasingly presented. 

After such thoughtful work, the players let their hair down in Dvorak’s ‘American’ quartet, No 12 in E, their enjoyment palpable. But ensemble remained as tight-meshed as ever. Here again their communication with each other was a joy to witness and infectious to hear. Musical intimacy does not get better than this. It generates warmth, too.”  (Martin Dreyer for the Press)

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