5th September - 3rd October 2020

1st September - 6th October 2019

COVID-19 UPDATE – 13th May

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 23rd Ripon International Festival events planned for September and October 2020.

Musicians are facing a challenge to the very existence of their profession as the livelihoods of many vanished almost overnight, so this has been a very hard decision for us; but, in expectation of brighter times to come, we have invited the orchestras and artists that were booked for this year to take part in 2021 and plan to present events in May and September.

Months of work has already gone into creating this year’s programme and we are deeply grateful to our loyal supporters for generously helping us through this difficult period so as to ensure that the Festival’s world-class performances can continue in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire. We look forward with optimism to welcoming you back in 2021 to celebrate once again the joy of music and the arts.

Janusz Piotrowicz – Artistic Director

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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What was on in 2019

Catrin and Seckou

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – ‘Soar’

‘a sublime duo of two artists who are masters of their instruments’ London Evening Standard Programme: Bach to Baisso, Clarach, and other tracks from their …

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A Night at the Opera with Sky Ingram

Sky Ingram, soprano  Nicholas Lester, baritone   Sam Armstrong, piano Excerpts from Don Giovanni, Rusalka ‘Song to the Moon’, La Bohème, Le Nozze de Figaro ‘Largo …

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Sean Shibe guitars SoftLOUD

‘Shibe is another Bream, or something close. His playing unites finesse and poetry’ Sunday Times Programme includes J S Bach , the exquisitely lyrical melody …

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Music at Markenfield – Tabea Debus Trio

Tabea Debus recorders Alex McCartney theorbo Jonathan Rees cello Music by Caccini, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marais Three virtuoso artists present a delightful …

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Flaugissimo Duo

Flaugissimo Duo – A Salon Opera

Yu-Wei Hu baroque flute Johan Lofvig theorbo and guitar Flauguissimo Duo presents flute and plucked string music of court dances and opera scenes from the …

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The Rhos Male Voice Choir

James Llewelyn Jones: Music Director Kevin Whitley: accompanist Rachael Marsh: soprano Programme includes the famous love song, Myfanwy, Spirituals, Opera Choruses inc. Verdi’s Speed Your …

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Outside Track Blue Rise Up

The Outside Track – Celtic Folk Group

Mairi Rankin fiddle, Teresa Horgan flute whistle, Ailie Robertson gaelic harp, Fiona Black accordion, Michael Ferrie guitar The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song …

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Ninebarrow – The Waters and the Wild

Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardière ukelele, mandolas, piano, harmonium BBC Radio 2 ‘Horizon’ Folk Award nominees 2017 Ninebarrow are impressing audiences across the country with …

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Jamal Aliyev – Cello

J S Bach Suite No 3 in C major BWV 1009 Ligeti Sonata Casals Song of the Birds Sollima Alone Cassado Suite for Solo Cello …

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Red Priest – Truly, Madly, Baroque

Piers Adams recorders Adam Summerhayes violin Angela East cello David Wright harpsichord Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 5 Vivaldi: Concerto for four violins, Albinoni: Oboe Concerto …

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Kosmos Ensemble

Harriet Mackenzie violin Meg Hamilton viola Milos Milijovejic accordion Kosmos have toured to festivals in Europe, the Far East, and the UK. They play a …

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Anne Denholm harp Alena Walentin flute

J S Bach: Flute Sonata BWV 1020 Debussy: Arabesque – Reverie – Girl with the Flaxen Hair Gareth Farr: Taheke Aliyabiev: Le Rossignol Alwyn: Naiades …

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Author Madeleine Bunting – Island Song

Best-selling author of many works of non-fiction such as ‘The Plot’ and ‘Love of Country’, and former associate editor at The Guardian, Madeleine Bunting presents …

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The Black Snow Road Show with Jed Grimes, guitar

AWARD-WINNING FILM & FOLK NARRATIVE Jed Grimes guitar Stephen Linstead, narrator An evening of song, laughter and some tears The film – BFI Award 2018 …

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London Mozart Players 6th October

London Mozart Players – Grande Finale

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ DVORAK Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’ Mendelssohn’s dramatic ‘Scottish’ symphony evokes historic tragedy and grandeur …

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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.

About the Festival

Ripon International Festival was founded in 1997 by international pianist and conductor, Janusz Piotrowicz and classical music promoter, Susan Goldsbrough. Ripon Cathedral, dating from the 13th Century, is the Festival’s focal point, providing a magnificent setting for orchestral and choral concerts of iconic works condu ted by Piotrowicz, whose profound musical insight and formidable energy produces revelatory performances…

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