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The 23rd Ripon International Festival

October – November 2021

A very warm welcome to the 2021 festival – just a little later in the year than usual!

Janusz Piotrowicz - Artistic Director

Though events are reduced in number, the artistic quality is world-class as always.  Max Baillie, violin, who directs major projects around the world,  and his father, Alexander Baillie, one of the most celebrated cellists of his generation,  present music by Haydn,  Ravel, Martinu, Paganini and the mystical Ballad of Flannan Isle (15th Oct);  Anne Denholm,  appointed Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, plays a delectable programme featuring Fauré, Louis Spohr and the rippling Hasselmans ‘La Source’ (16th  Oct);   The Dominic Alldis Trio – top-level jazz – present A Tribute to Jacques Loussier (23rd Oct); the vocal consort, The Gesualdo Six delight with sublime high renaissance sounds in magnificent Ripon Cathedral (30th Oct); much-loved folk musician, Kathryn Tickell returns with her dynamic Trio (7th Nov);  writers include  Marie-Elsa Bragg, author of ‘Towards Mellbreak’, and David Almond, childrens’ writer of visionary intensity. We hope you will be inspired by these events and take happy memories away with you.

Janusz Piotrowicz - Artistic Director

PREVIOUS HIGHLIGHTS

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

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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WELCOME!

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
Stephen Harker & Janet Cole
The WW Spooner Trust
Anne & Martin Curzon
Mrs. Christin Thackray
The Coulthurst Trust