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WELCOME to our 25th Anniversary 2023
...celebrating great music and arts!

Summer Concert Thursday 24th August

The Wihan Quartet of Prague ‘Spirit of Bohemia’


The London Revue Company with West End actress Nicola Keen (Sat 2nd)  
Duo Diez: Violeta Barrena violin and Dimitris Dekavallas guitar (Tue 5th & Wed 6th)
Folk bands Ninebarrow (Fri 8th) and The Often Herd (Sat 9th) Music at Markenfield Hall
(12th & 13th ) Poetry: Red Comet –  Sylvia Plath Talk by Heather Clark (Sat 16th) Lempen Puppets  ‘The Amazing Thing’ (Sun 17th ) Theatre: Rebecca Vaughan in ‘A Room of One’s Own’ (Wed 20th) Carlton Main Frickley Band (Sat 23rd) Royal Northern Sinfonia Beethoven 8, Mozart Flute Concerto, Schubert 9 (Sat 30th)


Nature in Music Talk by John Leeman (Fri 6th) Red Priest Baroque Extravaganza (Sat 7th);  November: Writer Marie-Elsa Bragg ‘Towards Mellbreak’ (Sat Nov 4th)
On Sale dates to be notified


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

Summer Celebrity Concert

The Wihan Quartet

Gala Concert

Royal Northern Sinfonia​

Autumn Celebrity Concert

Vintage! Red Priest

Scenes from 2019

Thank you to our wonderful audiences, sponsors, friends and team of volunteers for helping to make the 2019 festival such a terrific success!

London Mozart Players Janusz Piotrowicz Dvorak ‘New World’ Symphony A breathtaking Finale Catrin
London Mozart Players Janusz Piotrowicz Dvorak ‘New World’ Symphony A breathtaking Finale
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Exquisite music from ‘Soar’ Opening concert
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Exquisite music from ‘Soar’ Opening concert
Spring Concert with Anna Douglass
Spring Concert with Anna Douglass

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Wihan Quartet

The Wihan Quartet

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Janusz Piotrowicz

Royal Northern Sinfonia​

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Vintage! Red Priest

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Marie-Elsa Bragg

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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.

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