Welcome to the Ryedale Festival Website


For two weeks every July we welcome outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to Ryedale, North Yorkshire - an area rich in history, architecture and natural beauty. Performances take place at Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park and Sledmere, as well as in Ampleforth Abbey, Helmsley Arts Centre and the many beautiful country churches of Ryedale.




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The 2014 Ryedale Festival will be

Friday 11th - Sunday 27th July

It has become a tradition that most of the Festival programme will remain under wraps until the Launch Concert but just to whet your apetite we a leaking  a few events for you to look forward to.

  • The Festival will open in Ampleforth Abbey on July 11th with a performance of a work ideally suited to its resonant spaces - Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.  Conducted by Robert Hollingworth and featuring a fine collection of singers and players, it should be a thrilling opening to the Festival.

  • An Italian theme running throughout the Festival continues with another work by Monteverdi.  This year's Festival opera will be The Coronation of Poppea - his thrilling theatrical masterpiece on the themes of love, lust, power and corruption.

  • On a lighter note, our final advance hint is that there will be a Richard Rodgers Day, exploring the works that this songwriting genius created with Hart, Hamerstein and others, in a whole day of events including concerts, talks and an exhibition of Rodgers memorabilia.

We can also promise you visits to the Festival by two very special poets, an eminent string quartet in residence, five world premiers, some new faces and the return of some old ones!   We hope you will be able to join us on April 11th at the Launch Concert to find out more.

The Sacconi String Quartet gave a wonderful performance at the Launch Concert of the 2014 Ryedale Festival.



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