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


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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Mike Barfield

Mike Barfield – Comic writer, cartoonist and entertainer

Books include  ‘A Day in the Life of a Caveman, A Queen and Everything In-between’ Shortlisted for the Royal Society Young  People’s Book Prize 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.

Our sponsors

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