Routledge one of stars of Ryedale Festival

Patricia Routledge on stage at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester � photograph by Hattie Miles ... 31.04.2012 � Free use when publicising shows and events staged by or in conjunction with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions.  Please include the following photo credit:  Hattie Miles for Clive Conway.'Patricia Routledge is an actress probably best-known as Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet) in Keeping Up Appearances and Hetty Wainthropp in Hetty Waintrhopp Investigates. What is less known is that she also trained as a singer and had considerable experience in musical theatre here and in the US. Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling Of The Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein's Candide.'In this encounter with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson she recalls this [part of her career with access to some rare recordings.'Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre with Patricia Routledge and Edward Seckerson is at City Varieties M
Patricia Routledge on stage at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester � photograph by Hattie Miles ... 31.04.2012 � Free use when publicising shows and events staged by or in conjunction with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions. Please include the following photo credit: Hattie Miles for Clive Conway.'Patricia Routledge is an actress probably best-known as Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet) in Keeping Up Appearances and Hetty Wainthropp in Hetty Waintrhopp Investigates. What is less known is that she also trained as a singer and had considerable experience in musical theatre here and in the US. Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling Of The Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein's Candide.'In this encounter with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson she recalls this [part of her career with access to some rare recordings.'Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre with Patricia Routledge and Edward Seckerson is at City Varieties M

Opera, drama, jazz and classical concerts have been lined up for some of the most beautiful venues in Ryedale for two weeks in July.

Stately homes, village halls and country churches will welcome soloists, chamber and concert orchestras during the Ryedale Festival which runs from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 28.

Actress and musical theatre star Patricia Routledge, jazz singer Claire Martin, the Northern Sinfonia and Ryedale Festival Opera are among those on the bill.

Several concerts will for the first time be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

“We welcome many exciting performers,” said artistic director and pianist Christopher Glynn.

Acclaimed soloists Alison Balsom, Steven Isserlis, the Labeque sisters and Chi-chi Nwanoku are all due to perform. Orchestras and choirs include Orchestra of Opera North, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the English Concert and Genesis Sixteen. The popular coffee concerts are at the heart of the festival.