What’s On

Orchestra of Opera North - Great Russian Classics

Saturday 2nd September 2017 at 7.30 pm        Royal Hall, Harrogate

Janusz Piotrowicz  conductor


Tchaikovsky      Fantasy Overture Romeo & Juliet        tumblr_m9o1e0Xj3y1roi9ggo1_1280

Borodin              Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Shostakovich    Symphony No 5 in D minor


Borodin’s exotic oriental showpiece follows Tchaikovsky's vivid portrayal of young love and tragedy. Shostakovich’s gripping masterpiece was composed during the Stalin era: the heroic opening, a raging emotional tempest, the 3rd movement – the heart and soul of the piece – filled with beautiful melodies in the strings with woodwind, harp and celeste; the thrilling Finale an expression of defiance. The premiere in 1937 was a huge success, the audience  giving a 40-minute ovation.  Expect a scorching performance!


rarely will you hear the anger and bitterness of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony unleashed with such unremitting force and acerbity. It took the Orchestra to the edge of their combined virtuosity .. the Allegro was taken just about as fast as any orchestra could tackle, but it worked in adding that final tingle factor’   (Orchestra of Opera North/Piotrowicz) *****Yorkshire Post




Tim Kliphuis Trio - Reflecting the Seasons

Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 8 pm   Helperby Millennium Hall

Tim Kliphuis  violin   Nigel Clark  guitar  Roy Percy  bass    Tim Kliphuis Foto: Marco Borggreve


Music by Ellington, Fauré, R. Strauss, Vivaldi, Paganini, Kliphuis


Award-winning, classically trained and widely regarded

as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, Tim Kliphuis is a legend

in the gypsy world. With his awe-inspiring guitar virtuoso

and bass player he has performed with the Hague

Philharmonic and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and

toured Canada, France, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa,

USA, and the UK. They play jazz arrangements of Vivaldi’s

Four Seasons, and other dazzling pieces.

superb .. a thoughtful, provocative meeting of minds’

Sunday Times



Author Jonathan Tulloch - 'Larkinland'

Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 3 pm    Ripon Spa Hotel

'Larkinland', Jonathan’s new book, is a fictionalisation        larkinland book cover

of the poetic world of Philip Larkin.                                            


Tulloch deftly builds Larkin's poems into a sustained

landscape, peopled by his characters and a version of

Larkin himself. Hilarious and deeply moving, it is a

compelling love story, mystery and biographical novel.

Jonathan has published seven novels, winning the

J. B. Priestley Award for The Lottery and the Betty Trask Prize.

His first novel The Season Ticket was made into a

film 'Purely Belter', serialised on Radio 4 and adapted

for the stage.  Passionate about nature, Jonathan

also writes Nature Notebook for The Times.



Le Vent du Nord

Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.30 pm       Masham Town Hall

Olivier Demers, violin Réjean Brunet, accordion Simon Beaudry,

guitar & bouzouki Nicolas Boulerice, hurdy gurdy


This French/Canadian ensemble from Québec, is at the forefront ofTønder Festival 2014

international folk, winning a Grand Prix du Disque, Artist of the Year, and Canadian Folk Music Award and critical acclaim from adoring audiences across Europe and America. They have enjoyed phenomenal success this year at Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Savannah Festival Georgia, and on tours of France and Belgium. Combining a fabulous sound with a great stage presence, Le Vent du Nord delights crowds with their dazzling instrumental mix and wonderful four part harmonies.


Mary Reid - Harp Recital by Candlelight

Friday 8th September 2017 at 7.30 pm      St. Michael & St. Lawrence Church, Fewston

J. S. Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971                           Mary Reid harp new

Chinese Melody: Spring on the Moonlit River

Glinka: Nocturne, Albert Zabel: La Source

Boscha/Mozart: Variations on Voi che sapete

Henriette Renié: Pièce Symphonique


Mary Reid presents a beautiful programme ranging from classic rhythms to the rippling water effects of Zabel’s famous La Source. She has performed at the Russian Harp Festival Moscow, the World Harp Congress Vancouver, the International USA Competition in Indiana and has recorded German chamber works with Trevor Pinnock, and a solo performance of Paul Patterson’s music for harp. Orchestral work includes Opera North Ring Cycle: London and tour,  the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and in Moscow with the London Sinfonietta under Vladimir Jurowski.


Wine & canapés in the adjoining Heritage Centre


Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

Saturday 9th September 2017 at 7.30 pm        Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

Just Me, Just You


Two sublime voices in harmony: Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

present an intimate evening of the songs of Duke Ellington and other      Jacqui & Charlie

classic songs. Charlie is from Memphis, Tennessee, and is garnering rave reviews for his album ‘New Souvenirs’. He has taken part in London Jazz Festival’s Jazz Voice at the Barbican and Jacqui has appeared in roles with the National Theatre, RSC, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, with the London Symphony Orchestra and with Chick Corea and Courtney Pine.



subtle control of dynamics, voluptuous tonal richness’

The Guardian



Crime Writer Julia Chapman

Monday 11th September 2017 at 7.30 pm     Ripon Spa Hotel

          Date with Death                                                                            Julia Chapman Date with Death resized


is the first novel in the brilliant new Dales Detective series

set in the Yorkshire Dales, published by Pan Macmillan.

Writing under the pseudonym, Julia Chapman, the author

has left behind the French Pyrenees which form the backdrop

to her last five novels, known as the Fogas Chronicles,

published by Hodder under her real name, Julia Stagg.

She describes her style as cosy crime:


Think Midsomer Murders but with fewer murders and more sheep!’





Sean Shibe - Guitar Recital by Candlelight

Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7.30 pm         St. Felix Church, Felixkirk, nr Thirsk

J. S. Bach   Lute Suite No 4 in E BWV 1006a                                 Sean Shibe 7 credit Kaupo Kikkas

Scottish Lute Music from the Balcarres

  Manuscripts & Others (1700s)                                                             

Villa-Lobos   Selection of Etudes and Preludes


Winner of the Royal Overseas League First Prize and Gold Medal,

and a BBC New Generation Artist, Sean Shibe’s deep sensitivity, warm

tone, and rare insight have earned high critical acclaim. He has performed

concertos with all the BBC symphony orchestras, and appeared at the

Wigmore Hall, Marlboro Festival USA and Aldeburgh. The concert features

sublime Bach, lively Scottish dances & love songs, and famous pieces

by Villa Lobos, whose Preludes were inspired by Segovia.


I was astounded by this concert: a prodigious technician and supremely

expressive player … a masterful account of this much-loved work’

(Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Concerto de Aranjuez) Bachtrack






Fantasticus Baroque Ensemble - Music at Markenfield

Thursday 14th September 2017 at 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm      Markenfield Hall

Rie Kimura, violin Robert Smith, viola da gamba     Fantasticus Baroque new cropped resized        
Guillermo Brachetta, harpsichord
Guest artist: Wilbert Hazelzet, traverso flute 


Telemann's Paris

Telemann: Selection from the ‘Paris’ Quartets
Louis-Gabriel Guillemain: Sonates en quatuors  ou conversations galantes


2017 is a ‘Telemann year’, marking the 250th anniversary of his death. Fantasticus will play their favourite quartets from Telemann's two ‘Paris’ collections, and Guillemain's quartets from 1743 – music of great beauty, variety of colours and textures, and outright virtuosity. Fantasticus, usually a trio, are delighted to be working with veteran traverso player and early music hero Wilbert Hazelzet to bring you this unique musical experience. Wilbert is an original member of Musica Antiqua Koln and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

intensely expressive and highly dramatic’ ‘a white-hot addition to the early music scene’ Gramophone



Brighouse & Rastrick Band

Friday 15th September 2017 at 8 pm     Ripon Cathedral

           Music Director David King                                                    Brighouse & R British Open 2016


Programme includes: Vitae Aeternum, Flowerdale, Abendlied, Friedemann: Slavonic Rhapsody, Tchaikovsky: Little Russian, Charavari, Ballade, Grainger: Molly on the Shore, Elgar Nimrod,

WW1 songs Turris Fortissima


England’s famous No 1 Brass Band are No 2 in the 4BarsRest World rankings. David King - Founder/Musical Director of National Australia Brass – is one of the most dynamic conductors in the British Brass Band movement and has won the European Championships ten times, representing England, and the Norwegian National Championships – also on ten occasions.  The concert features brilliant young soloists, such as Kathleen Gaspoz, who was Swiss Cornet Champion 3 times and Principal with the European Youth Brass Band.


ZRI - Schubert & The Gypsy

Saturday 16th September 2017 at 7.30 pm      St. John's Church, Sharow

  Ben Harlan, clarinet Max Baillie, violin Matthew Sharp, cello
  Jon Banks, accordion Iris Pissaride, santouri               ZRI fireplace high res cropped
  Franz Schubert:  String Quintet in C arr. ZRI          
  Shepherd melodies from the Carpathian mountains,
  klezmer dances, and traditional folk music.


International musicians, ZRI, dazzled a full house in 2014 with their

‘Brahms & the Gypsy’ programme. They present Schubert’s famous

quintet interweaved with an intoxicating mix of gypsy music,

re-creating the atmosphere of Zum Roten Igel, the Red Hedgehog

Tavern in Vienna, where Schubert and Brahms went to hear gypsy music.

ZRI musicians work with The Burning Bush, The Dufay Collective, and

orchestras and have given concerts from New York to Glastonbury.


The beautifully refurbished church will be candlelit for the occasion.







Julian Norton - BBC Channel 5 The Yorkshire Vet

Monday 18th September  2017 at  7.30 pm     Ripon Spa Hotel

            Julian Norton presents Horses, Heifers and Hairy PigsJulian Norton book cover

            The Life of a Yorkshire Vet                                               



Star of the popular BBC Channel 5 Television series,

The Yorkshire Vet, the hit fly-on-the-wall

documentary  which follows the work of Julian

and his partner Peter Wright at their Veterinary

practice in Thirsk. Julian has written a warm and evocative memoir

of his life and the huge variety of animals and

people he has met along the way.




B & R Brass Quartet

Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 7.30 pm       St. Wilfrid's Church, Ripon

           Kathleen Gaspoz cornet Dominic Longhurst cornet                     B & R Brass Kathleen Gaspoz
           Sheona White tenor horn
          Phillippe Schwartz Euphonium


Karl Jenkins: Palladio & Hymn, Sousa: Stars and Stripes
Irish Trad: Danny Boy, Faure: Pavane, Bellstead: Napoli,
Irving Berlin: Puttin' on the Ritz, Scott Joplin, Bach,
Rossini: William Tell Finale


Kathleen was three times Swiss Cornet Champion and she has just become the first female Cornet Principal of the famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band. She is joined by other outstanding young musicians from the Band for a delightful programme of mellow sounds, arrangements of familiar classics and pieces written for brass ensembles.



Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Thursday 21st September 2017 at 7.30 pm      Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

           The Way of the Drum                                                    Mugenkyo Taiko Way of the Drum


Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain an unique insight into the world of this powerful art form. In a fusion of primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour, the concert includes traditional repertoire such as Gojinjo – a masked piece enacting the 400 year old tale of farmers frightening off an invading army by wearing demon masks.

Mugenkyo has toured continents and appeared in the Brit Awards, at the Last Night of the Proms and other major festivals.



Royal Northern Sinfonia

Friday 22nd September 2017 at 7.30 pm    Ripon Cathedral

   Janusz Piotrowicz, conductor  Adam Walker, flute      Northern Sinf stairs by Mark Savage websize

   J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos Nos 3 & 4                              

   J. S. Bach Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067            

   Beethoven Symphony no 6 ‘Pastoral’


Bach’s famous Suite features the sensational flautist, Adam Walker,

whose virtuosity knows no bounds: ‘superhuman genius’

staggering virtuosity and charm’ The Guardian. Appointed

Principal with the LSO aged only 21, he has performed with

top orchestras around the world and in major festivals in

Europe and the UK. Beethoven’s evocative ‘Pastoral’ is full of

contrasts: the tender Scene by the Brook, the vivid Storm,

the lively Scherzo, the intensely moving Shepherd’s Song.


Piotrowicz’s countryside was a place of colour-heightened vibrancy …

there being a sense of constant latent energy .. breathing new life into an old favourite’ Music Web International


International Purves Puppets - The Firebird

Saturday 7th October 2017 at 2.30 pm     Ripon Leisure Centre

            Purves Puppets Ultraviolet Spectacular        Firebird RIF Green Forest

            The Firebird - Music by Stravinsky


One of the world’s most famous puppet companies, Purves Puppets have performed in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland, Singapore and are regulars at the Edinburgh Festival. Large scale puppets and scenery glow like magic, the puppeteers disappearing into a kaleidoscope of colours.

Based on a Russian folk tale, the Firebird is an enchanting story, with action-packed adventures, of Prince Ivan’s journey through the magical forest to find his princess, with the help of Grey Wolf, encountering Koschei, the evil magician, on the way. An uplifting show for all who are young at heart!





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