Slingsby, 16 July – The chimes of Slingsby’s church clock fell silent this morning at the request of the brilliant (yet sensitive) harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani. It had actually been the clunking of the mechanism inside the church which was causing the musician the problem. After a moment of anxiety among organisers, Stephen Mackinder arrived to tend to the sensitive mechanism and put it to sleep. The large audience was then able to enjoy virtuosic playing, brought to us by the Ryedale Festival. A review of the event will be posted here soon.