The Ryedale Festival’s Spring Launch Weekend took place on 15-17 March and with it the full programme for North Yorkshire’s leading summer music festival was published. We are now pleased to report that the Festival will be returning to Slingsby’s All Saints’ church on Monday 15 July, when pianist Jonathan Plowright will be playing Brahms. This concert will be preceded by a talk by BBC radio regular Katy Hamilton, exploring the public and private faces of Brahms.
The Spring Launch weekend
featured BBC New Generation Artists and proved a big success.
The Aris String Quartet kicked off proceedings in Helmsley on Friday 15 March, with quartets by Haydn, Janacek and Dvorak.
On Saturday “Come and Sing with John Rutter” in St Peter’s Norton welcomed some 300 amateur singers from across Ryedale and beyond. By all accounts, they enjoyed the occasion immensely.
Saturday evening was jazz night. In the National Centre for Early Music in York, the Festival presented composer and bass player Misha Mullov-Abbado, with his talented group of young jazz names.
The weekend was brought to a close on Sunday afternoon with a piano recital by Mariam Batsashvili, a prodigiously talented young pianist from Georgia, who beguiled with her Haydn and Mozart and wowed with her Liszt, which rocked the Birdsall House ballroom with its power.
Booking for all July’s Festival events opens on 10 April. To book, go online at www.ryedalefestival.com or book by post to Ryedale Festival Box Office, The Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, YO18 8AA or by phone on 01751 475777.
The Ryedale Festival’s Spring Weekend (set to launch the summer programme this Friday) continues on Saturday at the National Centre for Early Music with some modern, upbeat, melodious jazz.
The double-bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado
burst onto the scene in 2015 with a sensational debut album that prompted a
stream of plaudits from international press and fans alike. As the son of the
conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, Misha has not
only exceeded high expectations but established himself as a highly individual
talent in his own right. Now a BBC New Generation Artist, he brings his unique
sound and style to York, along with some of the top names in British jazz.
“unfailing inventive, artfully produced, and delightfully sunny” – The Daily Telegraph
“luxurious ballads…folk-melodic grace…broad-grin swing…hot jazz news” – The Guardian
Helmsley All Saints’ Church, Friday 15 March, 7.30pm
The Ryedale Festival’s Spring Weekend starts in Helmsley, with a concert by the Aris Quartet, playing quartets by Haydn, Janacek and Dvorak. (“one of the most sensational ensembles of the younger generation” – Arte)
At the end of the concert, the full programme brochure for
this year’s main summer festival (12-28 July) will be handed out to departing
There will be a pre-concert
and interval bar in Helmsley Town Hall (first floor).
Tickets are still available for this opener, and also for Saturday evening’s jazz concert at the National Centre for Early Music in Walmgate, York. This features BBC New Generation Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado and some of the top names in British jazz.
Will the Ryedale Festival be returning to Slingsby this year? Local residents will have to wait till Friday evening to find out if Artistic Director Chris Glyn is bringing world-class music to our village again. If you can’t be at Friday’s launch concert, keep an eye on this village website.