Saturday 10th November 7.30 pm Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm
Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Preludes, Berceuse and other works to be announced
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
Saturday 6th October 7.30 pm Royal Hall Harrogate
Royal Northern Sinfonia
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, £24
(Students £10 in £18 & £24 seats)
Thursday 6th September 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm SOLD OUT Markenfield Hall, nr Ripon
James Dickenson - violin Tamaki Higashi - violin Carmen Flores - viola Nick Stringfellow - cello
ANTHONY PAYNE String Quartet No 3 - World Premiere
MENDELSSOHN Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80 DVORAK Quartet No 14 in A flat major, Op 105
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.
The Quartet is also proud to present the world premiere of a work written for them by Anthony Payne
‘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
£24 SOLD OUT
Friday 7th September 7.30 pm St. John's Church, Sharow
Hazel Brooks - violin & viola d’amore David Pollock - harpsichord
VIVALDI ‘Autumn’ from The Four Seasons
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)
Pre-concert and interval drinks.
The church has all new facilities & Car Park
Saturday 8th September at 7.30 pm Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
The Gesualdo Six - 'Passion and Polyphony' Owain Park – conductor
Music by TALLIS, GIBBONS, ROBERT WHITE, ERIC WHITACRE, POULENC, FOLKSONGS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES
‘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 *****
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)
Sunday 9th September 2.30 pm The Old Deanery, Ripon
Salley Vickers presents her new novel, The Librarian
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’
'Vickers ..... reflects with grace and gravity on life’s moments of sorrowful epiphany’ Washington Post
£7 SOLD OUT
Sunday 9th September 4 pm The Old Deanery, Ripon
Stephanie Shields - Swan Landings
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.
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
Thursday 13th September at 7.30 pm St. Felix Church, Felixkirk
Eleanor Turner - Harp
DEBUSSY En bateau
HASSELMANS La Source
GURIDI Viejo Zortziko
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) SOLD OUT
Parking at the Carpenters Arms Early Bird Menu 01845 537369
Friday 14th September at 2.30 pm Ripon Spa Hotel SOLD OUT
Kate Atkinson - In Conversation
‘Atkinson is witty and satirical of modern mores; she is
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'
Saturday 15th September 7 pm Ripon Cathedral
London Mozart Players Janusz Piotrowicz, conductor
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
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
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
Interval drinks on sale Park at the village hall
Early dining at The Bruce Arms (01677) 470325
& Bull Inn 470678
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
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.
Pre-concert and Interval drinks on sale in the Undercroft
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
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.
Pre-concert and interval drinks on sale
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
Ingenious ZRI have re-imagined works by BRAHMS, SCHUBERT and SCHONBERG, alongside a fiery blend of gypsy, klezmer and modern POP tunes
‘unique and endlessly captivating performances had our audience clamouring for more’ Cambridge Summer Music Festival
ZRI gave a sensational performance in the festival last year, so we immediately invited them back! They 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) Tavern, a 19thC hub of Viennese socialising, music and beer drinking where composers caroused into the night.
Pre-concert and Interval drinks on sale Early menu at The Oak Tree Inn from 5.30 T: 01423 789189
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
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)
Wine and canapés on sale at the adjoining Washburn Heritage Centre
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
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)
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, 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
Saturday 29th September at 7.30 pm Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
Kathryn Tickell Northumbrian pipes David Almond Storyteller
Amy Thatcher accordion and clog dance
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
The magnificently refurbished church has all facilities. Refreshments served in the Undercroft.