Ryedale Festival – three Easter concerts

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1,2 & 3 April, Easingwold, Old Malton, Helmsley.

Like Easter this year, the Ryedale Festival has arrived early.

A series of three outstanding evening concerts gets under way on Friday 1st April 7.30 pm at the Galtres Centre, Easingwold, when the exciting ensemble Kosmos, firm favourites in Ryedale, make a welcome return to dazzle us with their musicianship and sense of style.

They play music  from  around  the  globe. Sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild folk fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisation into Greek melodies.

‘Revelatory…..their wild synthesis of tango arrangements, Jewish folk songs,  Leonard  Bernstein riffs and improvised takes on Vaughan Williams was an unexpected gift: brilliantly done with style and spunk’ –The Daily Telegraph.


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Saturday 2 April, 7.30 pm, St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton

Retorica play music for two violins by Bach, Mozart, Telemann, Prokofiev and more.

Retorica is formed by two superb violinists and communicators, who take their name from the feminine form of the Italian word meaning ‘artful persuasion.’

‘They are immensely communicative, both in spoken introductions and in their unfailingly musical playing, and their repertoire covers a huge range of styles. If people ever think music for two violins might be a bit dull, Retorica will totally change their minds!’ – John McCabe


This Easter concert series culminates with the Launch concert on Sunday 3 April in Helmsley, where Chris Glynn, Artistic Director, unveils the programme for the Ryedale summer Festival (15-31 July). This special event is now fully booked, but there are plenty of tickets still available for Kosmos and Retorica.

To book tickets, contact the Ryedale Festival Box Office:

Phone: 01751 475777  (answerphone when unmanned)

Email: [email protected]

For full details go to the Festival website: http://www.ryedalefestival.com



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