Scarborough’s debut as festival venue

Ryedale Festival's opening concert at Ampleforth Abbey
Ryedale Festival's opening concert at Ampleforth Abbey

Ryedale Festival visits Scarborough for the first time in its 33-year history on Monday July 21.

The Endellion String Quartet will play at the church of St Martin-on-the-Hill.

They will performe alongside four other musicians including young clarinettist Julian Bliss in a programme that features Schubert’s Octet.

Chi-Chi Nwanoku (double bass), Rie Koyama (bassoon) and David Tollington (horn) are also set to perform.

The concert begins at 11am.

The Endellion Quartet, who celebrate their 35th birthday this year, are also performing in Pickering Parish Church on Friday at 8pm and with poet Wendy Cope at All Saints Church, Hovingham on Sunday at 3.30pm.

This year’s Ryedale Festival got underway with two performances at Ampleforth Abbey and Theatre.

Monteverdi’s Vespers were exquisitely performed by a host of musicians including the Monks of Ampleforth Abbey, the 24 Choir from York, the Echoris Ensemble and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, all under the expert hands of conductorRobert Hollingworth.

This year’s Ryedale Festival opera was another masterpiece by Monteverdi, his Coronation of Poppea.

The cast was made up of young singers and Eboracum Baroque, who gave a splendid production which now will go on tour to London and venues in Scotland.

The weekend concluded with a trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Duncombe Park for an equally breathtaking performance from oboist Nicholas Daniel and pianist Charles Owen.

Performances continue this week with an event unique to the Ryedale Festival, the Triple Concert at Castle Howard on Thursday at 7pm.

Three contrasting concerts are performed in the Long Gallery, The Chapel and The Great Hall.

The festival marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with four new works, one of which is a new piece for piano by Michael Zev Gordon at 11am on Friday in Helmsley Arts Centre.

Events continue throughout the region until July 27. For full listings and more information visit www.ryedalefestival.com