Ryedale Festival 2021: 40th Anniversary Celebrations Get Underway With Spring Festival

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Solace, escape and hope are at the heart of the Ryedale Festival 2021 online-only Spring Festival this year. And seven inspiring performances, each approximately 50 mins long are filmed and shared across a week in early May.

This Spring Festival kicks off Ryedale Festival’s 40th Anniversary. A year across which the Festival will reveal 40 headline events in one-off, late-announced, open-ended, can-do bursts; which allow it to remain responsive to the unique circumstances of 2021.

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“Brightest stars”

The Ryedale Festival 2021 launches on Sunday 2 May. The great duo Michael Collins (clarinet) and Michael McHale (piano) will play Beethoven’s ‘Spring Sonata’. And this will be followed by a virtuoso showpiece by Widor.

Two of the brightest stars on the British piano scene are Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy. They’re on the bill to perform Schubert’s ‘Divertissement à la hongroise’. Vocal duo Fair Oriana also perform a programme mixing renaissance and baroque with flavours of folk, medieval and contemporary music. And Helen Charlston and Christopher Glynn mark a return to the Long Gallery with famous spring-inspired songs.

Thursday 6 May sees the trademark joie de vivre of the Maxwell Quartet illuminate St Mary’s Church, Ebberston with one of Haydn’s most sparkling quartets (op.74, no.1) alongside Scottish folk music. And there’s also a tribute by Anna Meredith to the grungy power pop band Teenage Fanclub.

And on Friday night The Immy Churchill Trio step up. That’ll see the fast-rising jazz vocalist join friends to celebrate the arrival of spring wit a late-night session of jazz standards.

The Spring celebrations end back at Castle Howard. The virtuosic London Mozart Players and Ruth Rogers will perform a programme of Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’, Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Spring from The Four Seasons’.

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“Irresistible programme”

The Spring Festival season will also be available to view on RyeStream until the end of May. Each concert is free-to-view, but with the ask of a donation to support the Festival.

Christopher Glynn is the Director of Ryedale Festival 2021. He said: “We are delighted with our Spring Festival which promises to be a wonderful mix of great music in beautiful places.”

“There will be no brochure and no ‘big-reveal’ of the programme this year. Instead, our 40th Anniversary will be a ‘build-as-we-go’ festival, where the full 40-piece jigsaw gradually comes into view.”

On Friday 4 June at Pickering Parish Church in-person music-making returns to the Ryedale Festival. World-renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti opens her festival residency and launches Ryedale’s 40th Anniversary Season: Live and in Person. 

The programme for Ryedale’s Summer Festival runs from 16 July – 1 August. And it’ll consist of 40 headline events, some of which may also be repeated or shared on RyeStream. Artists will include Jess Gillam, Isata Kanneh-Mason, BBC Big Band and many more to be announced soon.

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