The Ryedale Festival Spring Weekend of concerts is set to take place in Pickering, Malton and York on 16, 17 and 18 March.
In Pickering Parish Church the acclaimed Arod Quartet from France give the opening concert on Friday 16 March at 7.30pm, playing Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Webern, after which Chris Glynn, Festival Artistic Director, will reveal details of the upcoming summer festival and, hot off the press, the full programme brochure will be handed out.
In St Michael’s Church in Malton Market Place on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm, we have a young French guitar virtuoso with an “old Spanish soul”. Hailed as ‘the new face of classical guitar’ after winning every major international guitar competition within the space of just a few months, 23-year-old Thibaut Garcia has had the critics reaching for new superlatives, as well as comparisons with the great guitarists of the past. His passionate and charismatic playing has resulted in sold-out tours across North and South America, which he now follows with a performance at the Ryedale Festival. His programme ranges from Bach to Piazolla and draws inspiration from many cultures. ‘I wanted it to be full of energy, sun, emotion and tenderness’, he writes, ‘evoking places in which I have travelled extensively – from Seville and Granada to Buenos Aires, by way of the Basque country and the Asturias. It enables me to bring a personal character to each piece, as if every page were part of my travel diary.’
‘sonorous lyrical passages and contrasting moments of brooding intensity and sensuality. Garcia handles the varying shades with great skill and sensitivity, and is rewarded at the end with a thunderous standing ovation’ – International Guitar Magazine
The Spring Weekend concludes with the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World, Catriona Morison, in a recital on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at the National Centre for Early Music in Walmgate, York.