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Festival dates 2024 – 5th September – 5th October

Preview: Great Classics Concert

~ Tchaikovsky’s Fifth ~ Royal Northern Sinfonia

Ripon Cathedral – 21 September – 7.30

Rossini: Overture Semiramide
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Janusz Piotrowicz – conductor
‘celestial surrealism… power and introspection… a profound performance… full of integrity’ 
The Guardian

Jennifer Pike – violin
‘from child prodigy to superbly graceful virtuoso’ 
The Times

Thank you to our wonderful Artists, Audiences, Sponsors, Friends and Team of Volunteers for a memorable 25th Anniversary 2023!


Hallé Orchestra –
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Seckou Keita & Catrin Finch
London Mozart Players –
Beethoven Symphony No 7
Dvorak New World Symphony
Alexander McCall Smith
Ian McMillan
Miklós Perényi
Red Priest
Royal Northern Sinfonia –
Schubert Symphony No 9
Sibelius Symphony No. 1
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra –
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
St. Nikolai Choir of Moscow –
Rachmaninov Vespers
Stile Antico
Clare Teal
Wihan Quartet
John Williams

2023 Events

Marie-Elsa Bragg – ‘Towards Mellbreak’

Autumn Celebrity Concert

Vintage! Red Priest

Gala Concert

Royal Northern Sinfonia​

Louise Thomson

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

A Room of One’s Own

Lempen Puppet Theatre ‘The Amazing Thing’

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch

Music at Markenfield Hall

The Often Herd Bluegrass Band

Ninebarrow Folk Band

Duo Diez

Duo Diez

The London Revue Company

Summer Celebrity Concert

The Wihan Quartet

Alison Weir – Author and Historian

Box Tale Soup Theatre – The Wind in the Willows

Janusz Piotrowicz

The London Revue Company ‘LOVEetc’

The Often Herd – Bluegrass Band

Passacaglia Trio – ‘To Touch the Heart’

The Black Dyke Band

The After Hours Quintet

Morgan Szymanski – Guitar (Thirsk)

Morgan Szymanski – Guitar (Ripon)

Orchestra of Opera North

Marie-Elsa Bragg – Author

The Kathryn Tickell Trio

The Gesualdo Six – Choral Concert

The Dominic Alldis Trio

Anne Denholm – Harp

Max Baillie violin Alexander Baillie ‘cello

Amanda Owen – The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – ‘Soar’

A Night at the Opera with Sky Ingram

Sean Shibe guitars SoftLOUD

Music at Markenfield – Tabea Debus Trio

Flaugissimo Duo – A Salon Opera

The Rhos Male Voice Choir

The Outside Track – Celtic Folk Group

Crime Writer Peter Robinson – Many Rivers to Cross

Ninebarrow – The Waters and the Wild

Jamal Aliyev – Cello

Red Priest – Truly, Madly, Baroque

Kosmos Ensemble

Anne Denholm harp Alena Walentin flute

Author Madeleine Bunting – Island Song

The Black Snow Road Show with Jed Grimes, guitar

London Mozart Players – Grande Finale

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Ripon International Festival is a world-class celebration of great orchestras, choral, chamber and folk concerts, jazz, gypsy, literature and poetry, in magnificent Ripon Cathedral, the Royal Hall – Harrogate’s “Palace of Gold”, Markenfield Hall – mediaeval manor, and historic village churches. Come and experience the festival’s distinctive atmosphere in an area full of history and natural beauty.

Our sponsors

The Festival Friends
The Coulthurst Trust
The WW Spooner Trust
Anne & Martin Curzon
Mrs. Christin Thackray