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NEWS: 19 May 2022

Thanks to all who supported the Spring Concert by Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Janusz Piotrowicz.  A packed Ripon Cathedral heard an astounding performance from the virtuoso musicians of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven’s monumental ‘Eroica’ – a marvellous start to the festival’s 24th year!

The retiring collection raised £1,935 for victims of the Ukraine invasion.

Coming next

Orchestra of Opera North - Royal Hall, Harrogate - Saturday 3 September - 7.30

Overture: Marriage of Figaro
Cello Concerto in B minor
Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’

Janusz Piotrowicz – conductor  
Maciej Kulakowski –  ‘cello

Jamal Aliyev is unfortunately indisposed so his place will be taken by the young Polish virtuoso, Maciej Kulakowski


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

2021 Events

Marie-Elsa Bragg

Marie-Elsa Bragg – Author

‘Towards Mellbreak’ and ‘Sleeping Letters’ Marie-Elsa Bragg is a writer, lecturer and Anglican priest.  Her first novel ‘Towards Mellbreak’ is a hymn to the landscape …

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Kathryn Tickell

The Kathryn Tickell Trio

Kathryn Tickell  Northumbrian pipes, fiddle, voice Stef Conner  lyres, vocals Amy Thatcher accordion, clog dancing Kathryn Tickell is one of Britain’s most celebrated traditional musicians, …

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Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six – Choral Concert

Owain Park  – Conductor Josquin’s Legacy:  Marian Devotions & Song of Songs  Josquin des Prez, Jean Mouton, Antonius Divitis, Antoine Brumel, Jean L’Héritier, Antoine de …

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Dominic Alldis

The Dominic Alldis Trio

– A Tribute to Jacques Loussier Dominic Alldis piano,  Andrew Cleyndert bass,  Martin France drums Themes by Bach, Handel, Fauré, Ravel, Satie, Bizet and Chopin …

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Royal Harpist Ann Denholm at St Lukes Church Grayshott

Anne Denholm – Harp

Reinhold Glière  Impromptu Louis Spohr Fantaisie in C minor, Op. 35 Trad. David of the White Rock Alphonse Hasselmans – La Source Esther Swift – …

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Max Baillie violin Alexander Baillie ‘cello

Max Baillie violin Alexander Baillie ‘cello

Haydn, Martinu, Handel, Ravel, Bartok, Paganini’s beautiful Cantabile, Alexander Baillie:  The Ballad of Flannan Isle – music and narrative A sparkling mix of classical and …

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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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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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