What’s On

Shore 2 Shore Poetry with Carol Ann Duffy

Thursday 21st June at 7.30 pm      St. Mary's Church, Thirsk

4 Poets Laureate with John Sampson, Musician and Actor, in a lively Entertainment


Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, with Imtiaz Dharker  (Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry),

 Gillian Clarke, former National Poet for Wales, Scottish Poet Jackie Kay and

MC, John Sampson, musician and actor, are  crossing the country from Penarth to Dunoon

to perform  in nine towns. Tonight they will be joined by popular Thirsk poet Kate Fox.

Guests  will receive a copy of a specially  created collection of poems entitled  

Off The Shelf – A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse published by Picador   


Ticket £20 (including Book worth £8.99)   This event has taken place

Mesmerising performances and fine-tuned presentation! 

Imaginative .... moving ... humorous ... with dazzling flute playing by John Sampson 

In association with White Rose Book Café   

Music at Markenfield - The Villiers String Quartet

Thursday 6th September   2.30 pm  and  7.30 pm       Markenfield Hall, nr Ripon

          James Dickenson - violin  Tamaki Higashi - violin  Carmen Flores - viola  Nick Stringfellow - cello


MENDELSSOHN  Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80    DVORAK      Quartet No 14 in A flat major, Op 105


Villiers String Quartet

Villiers String Quartet

The charismatic quartet present two much-loved masterpieces. Mendelssohn’s Op 80, with its dramatic

opening movement and searing Adagio, was a tribute to his beloved sister Fanny after her death.

The Op 105 is Dvorak at his most imaginative, full of rich textures - a work of supreme mastery.

‘No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulate and

concentrated readings by the Villiers Quartet’  Gramophone 2017


Concerts take place in the Great Hall of the 14th Century manor which is a delight to explore.

'incredibly romantic - a place so stunning it should be wildly famous'  Yorkshire Post


Duo Dorado - Baroque by Candlelight

Friday 7th September  7.30 pm      St. John's Church, Sharow

           Hazel Brooks - violin & viola d’amore David Pollock - harpsichord


Programme includes:

VIVALDI ‘Autumn’ from The Four Seasons

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HANDEL Violin Sonata in D major

J S BACH Sonata in A BWV 1015


'flexible and virtuosic' Boston Herald USA  'Hazel Brooks' beautiful tone fills the room like an organ'  Delftsche Courant

Duo Dorado present scintillating gems of the baroque in the candlelit church. Hazel has performed with Boston Camerata (USA), in the

Netherlands, Germany, France, and with the New London Consort. David’s current projects include the complete harpsichord concertos of J S Bach and an exploration of 17thC Scottish composers.


£15 (£8 student)          BOOK TICKETS

Pre-concert and interval drinks.

The church has all new facilities & Car Park


Choral Concert - The Gesualdo Six 'Passion and Polyphony'

Saturday 8th September at 7.30 pm    Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

          The Gesualdo Six  - 'Passion and Polyphony'   Owain Park – conductor




the sheer beauty of the group’s sound in lofty high-Renaissance style pieces is  spellbinding. The fine-grained texture of solo voices allows us to savour the amazing harmonic pungency of English sacred music ***** 

Daily Telegraph    




Some of the finest young singers in Britain sing divine sacred music and captivating folksong.

Individual members also sing with Tenebrae, The Sixteen, Polyphony and Britten Sinfonia Voices.

The ensemble is in increasing demand, performing in Germany, France, Poland, The Netherlands, Monaco,

to the highest critical acclaim, and in July they tour to Toronto, Quebec, Ottawa and Vancouver.

                                                                                         £18 (£10 student)      BOOK TICKETS

Two authors - Salley Vickers and Stephanie Shields

Sunday 9th September 2.30 pm   The Old Deanery, Ripon

           Salley Vickers  presents her new novel, The Librarian         Salley Vickers resized web small


The author of The Cleaner of Chartres (serialized Radio 4), Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr. Golightly's Holiday, Dancing Backwards, and other novels, presents her charmingly subversive new novel The Librarian.


a novelist whose imaginative journey .. promises magic and mystery’

The Observer


 'Vickers .....  reflects with grace and gravity on life’s moments of sorrowful epiphany’ Washington Post



 Sunday 9th September  4 pm  The Old Deanery,  Ripon

            Stephanie Shields - Swan Landings                                                         Swan P 7  websize small



Meet the shepherdess from Washburn Valley, whose poetry and prose is inspired by her love of the land and her flock of Lleyn sheep.  With its beauty and grace, and its inspiring landing, the swan is the  emblem for  Stephanie Shields’ short story collection. She hopes her stories of love, childhood and age, infused with a strong sense of place, will also inspire.




£5       BOOK TICKETS             Book both events for £10




Why not have lunch or tea at The Old Deanery, one of Yorkshire's top boutique hotels?


Bar Lunch from 12 noon - 2 pm    Tea until 4 pm  

01765 600003

Eleanor Turner - Harp by Candlelight

Thursday 13th September at 7.30 pm     St. Felix Church, Felixkirk

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Programme includes:

DEBUSSY En bateau


GURIDI Viejo Zortziko

GLINKA Nocturne 

GLIERE Impromptu  

GRIEG Peer Gynt (excerpts)


Eleanor has the distinction of playing the harp on the Oscar nominated sound track for the film, Phantom Thread, currently in cinemas.


Winner of the European Harp Competition 2007, she made her concerto début, aged just fifteen, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a live broadcast on Classic FM and has performed everywhere, from the Berlin Philharmonie to the Shanghai Conservatory. A founder-member of the celebrated ensemble, 4 Girls 4 Harps, she is also a gifted composer and tutor.


The 12th Century church with its unusual rounded apse is a perfect setting for enchanting music.



£15 (Student £10)     BOOK TICKETS


Parking at the Carpenters Arms   Early Bird Menu  01845 537369


Kate Atkinson - Celebrity Author

Friday 14th September at 2.30 pm   Ripon Spa Hotel

           Kate Atkinson - In Conversation


Atkinson is witty and satirical of modern mores; she is             Kate Atkinson P 9   websize 

a virtuoso of dialogue’ The Times


A rare opportunity to meet this best-selling writer whose work is celebrated for its wit, wisdom and subtle characterization. She presents her magnificent new title Transcription – a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance.


Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum  (‘Astounding’ Daily Mail ‘Masterpiece’ The Times) won the Whitbread Book of the Year, and her 2015 novel, A God in Ruins, won the Costa Novel of the Year. Her four novels featuring Jackson Brodie became a BBC TV series ‘Case Histories’.


£10 (Student £5)   Q & A and book signing. 

Ticket holders will be given £5 off the purchase price of  'Transcription'





London Mozart Players

Saturday 15th September  7 pm    Ripon Cathedral

           London Mozart Players     Janusz Piotrowicz, conductor

London Mozart Players

London Mozart Players

MOZART Overture: The Marriage of Figaro  MOZART Symphony No 40 ‘the Great G minor’

MENDELSSOHN Overture: The Hebrides  BEETHOVEN Symphony No 2 in D major


Within Mozart’s unforgettable No 40, is a world of expression: a miraculous opening of uniquely Mozartian inspiration, and the whole spectrum of human emotion from frivolous to heroically tragic. Beethoven’s radiant and innovative 2nd Symphony delights with ravishing melodies,  teasing wit and explosive energy.


With the mesmerizing conductor, Janusz Piotrowicz, at the helm, the audience can expect ‘a powerful listening experience ..… a searing excitement’ Music Web International


so profoundly does he know the music that he almost seems to embody it … this man is a gift to any orchestra’ D & S Times


Reserved: Nave £32 (AA – H) £26 (J – Q) £22 (R-U) Aisles £17 Unreserved: £12        BOOK TICKETS



Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

Thursday 20th September at 7.30 pm   St. Nicholas Church, West Tanfield

           Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage 

           Folk Duo   voice, guitars, mountain dulcimer, dobro


          Spellbinding … Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together  FRoots                       Hannah Ben cropped P 11


Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. An intimate show of American roots and English folk music. ‘an exquisite soundscape … passion, precision and unbridled intimacy’ R2 Magazine


£12 (Student £8)   BOOK TICKETS


Interval drinks on sale   Park at the village hall

Early dining at The Bruce Arms (01677) 470325

& Bull Inn 470678



Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

Friday 21st September at 8 pm   Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

           Ian McElligott, conductor

ROSSINI:  William Tell  RESPIGHI:  The Pines of Rome (excerpt) HOLST:  Jupiter (The Planets)

HOLLINGS: First Light  LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS  inc Fantasia on British Sea Songs   

 THE LAST POST  WW1 songs Soloists include multi-award winner Kirsty Abbotts, cornet        


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One of the most famous names in the brass band world, the band competes at the highest level in major international contests, its most recent achievement being placed 3rd in the World Championships, Kerkrade, Belgium 2017. Under its distinguished conductor, Ian McElligott, formerly Director of Music to HM The Coldstream Guards, the band presents a range of music  which includes moving pieces commemorating the Great War.

            £17 (Student/child £8)     BOOK TICKETS

Pre-concert and Interval drinks on sale in the Undercroft

ZRI - Chaplin in the Jazz Age

Saturday 22 September at 7.30 pm   Masham Town Hall

           ZRI - Ben Harlan clarinet  Max Baillie violin  Matthew Sharp cello and baritone  

           Iris Pissaride santouri  Jon Banks accordion

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ZRI gave a sensational concert in the festival last year so we immediately invited them back! They present a live re-scoring of their favourite scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s early classics. Taking the listener to early 20th Century New York where jazz, klezmer and classical music intertwined in film soundtracks, ZRI match the wit, virtuosity and sheer brilliance of Chaplin in his creative prime. Part concert, part cinema, this event conjures a world of play for the whole family.


                       £17 (Student £10)    BOOK TICKETS

Pre-concert and interval drinks on sale



ZRI - At the Red Hedghog Tavern

Sunday 23rd September at 7.30 pm   Helperby Millennium Hall

Ben Harlan - clarinet Max Baillie - violin Matthew Sharp - cello & baritone                            

Iris Pissaride - santouri Jon Banks - accordion                                                             



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BRAHMS Hungarian Dances, songs by MUSSORGSKY, MAHLER and BREL,

surprise gems by KREISLER and MOZART and KLEZMER tunes.


‘unique and endlessly captivating performances had our audience clamouring for more’ Cambridge Summer Music Festival


ZRI musicians are internationally renowned for their consummate virtuosity, immense vitality and sense of fun. Featuring Matthew Sharp, extraordinary cellist and virile baritone (he'll burst into song whilst playing!) they transport the concert-goer to the heart of the Red Hedgehog (Zum Roten Igel) Vienna, where listening, dancing and beer-drinking go hand-in-hand. So dance, sing, and party!


                £17 (Student £10)    BOOK TICKETS


Pre-concert and Interval drinks on sale     Early menu at The Oak Tree Inn from 5.30    T: 01423 789189



Jazz - The After Hours Quintet

Thursday 27th September at 7.30 pm   Fewston Church and Washburn Heritage Centre

            Oly Clarkson – vocals, woodwind  Max Miller – guitar, banjo   Elliott Roffe – double bass 

           John Arnesen – drums   Elias Bolufer Cabello - trumpet                                            


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Resurrecting the songs, instruments and techniques of an otherwise forgotten era, with an irresistible sense of ease and exuberance: the washboard fidgeting, banjo rolling, horn howling collective of sizzling swingsters have been scorching audiences with their hot jazz on an international scale since 2013. Their style lends heavily to the roaring 20’s,

but includes some familiar modern tunes and a little rock and roll!

£15 (Student £10)    BOOK TICKETS

Wine and canapés on sale at the adjoining Washburn Heritage Centre

Eduardo Niebla in Concert

Friday 28th September at 7.30 pm    St. John's Church, Sharow

           Eduardo Niebla guitar and composer   Matthew Robinson guitar

            ‘stunning flamenco jazz’ The Sound

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Hailed by The Guardian for his ‘exquisite guitar playing’, Eduardo Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso. He has collaborated with George Michael, Craig David, sitar maestro Nishat Khan, Lol Coxhill (sax) and has appeared at the QEH London, Celtic Connections, the Jaipur, Cairo, Tbilisi, Odessa and Glastonbury festivals, and has toured Europe, the Baltic states and the Middle East. He presents repertoire from his latest albums, brilliantly accompanied by Matthew Robinson.

An imaginative and stimulating instrumental set in which flamenco is infused with classical Indian music and a contemporary jazz edge’   Songlines


£15 (Student £10)     BOOK TICKETS

David Almond - Master Storyteller

Saturday 29th September at 11.30 am    Ripon Library


A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity’ The Times ‘a Tyneside Dylan Thomas … it is          

           impossible not to be swept up in the power of his storytelling’ Daily Telegraph                  David Almond -War is Over websizeDavid Almond Sun P 17



David Almond, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award - the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s authors, the Carnegie Medal,  and the Whitbread Award  ..


reads from his new book 'The Colour of the Sun', described by The Bookseller as 'astonishingly beautiful' and his next book 'War is Over', a graphic novel with a ten-year-old protagonist which commemorates the end of WW1. David will also talk about his famous book, Skellig,  and the roots of his work, and invite lots of lively conversation!


Q & A and Book signing


£7 adult £5 child       BOOK TICKETS




Kathryn Tickell 'Tales and Tunes'

Saturday 29th September at 7.30 pm   Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

           Kathryn Tickell  Northumbrian pipes  David Almond  Storyteller 

           Amy Thatcher  accordion and clog dance

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Kathryn Tickell is Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician who plays to sold out audiences at the BBC Proms and international festivals.


She is joined by renowned author, David Almond, who will read from his new book The Dam, inspired by Kathryn’s childhood, and Amy Thatcher, a member of Kathryn’s new show The Darkening.


A very special evening is in store as the poetic power of music and language combine.


£18 (Student £10)

Pre-Concert Talk  7 pm FREE        Ticket available with purchase of a concert ticket





The magnificently refurbished church has all facilities. Refreshments served in the Undercroft.



Royal Northern Sinfonia - Grande Finale

Saturday 6th October  7.30 pm     Royal Hall Harrogate

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Janusz Piotrowicz  conductor

Jamal Aliyev  cello           


SIBELIUS   The Swan of Tuonela

ELGAR         Cello Concerto

SIBELIUS   Symphony No 1 in E minor



An evening of music to grip the emotions and enchant the ear, full of mysticism and pathos, beginning with the haunting tone poem, the Swan of Tuonela from Finnish mythology.


Jamal Aliyev, who made his acclaimed BBC Proms début last year  ‘played with grave tenderness’  (Bachtrack)  plays Elgar's heartrending masterpiece, written in sorrow and anguish at the human tragedy of the Great War.


A wistful clarinet solo opens the vast Romantic symphony of Sibelius in which he evokes with rapturous melody and passion the grandeur of the North. Infused with patriotic fervour, the music builds to an electrifying climax.


Grand Circle £35 Box £70 Grand Hall £28 £24 £18

Dress Circle £28, Rows A - B  £24

(Students £10 in £18 & £24 seats)




Janusz Piotrowicz - Chopin Recital

Saturday 10th November   7.30 pm  Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm


Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Preludes,  Berceuse and other works to be announced        Janusz piano Jersey Opera House

Prizewinner, Warsaw International Chopin Competition


'the sort of mastery most lesser pianists would sell their souls to emulate ... white hot intensity ... caressingly tender ... a remarkable blend of virtuosity and poetic insight '  Neville Cohn, The Australian

'this was not just a performance, but a meditation - a labour of love'  Standard, Ontario

'runs and roulades soft as pearls, rather than hard and bright like diamonds'  Faro de Vigo

'in Chopin's Polonaise in C minor, Op 40, the inherent nobility of the writing was evoked with unerring artistry'

A rare opportunity to hear the Festival's Artistic Director, Conductor and Co-Founder in recital.

Tickets £18 adult £9 child   www.thepaaonline.org

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