Thursday, 30 March 2017

Harrogate International Festivals

Harrogate International Festivals kick off their summer festival with Artist in Residence Armonico Consort, and the festival reaches it's climax with a rare and intimate recital by international operatic icon Sir Bryn Terfel.
The Young Musicians Series and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists place the next Generation of musicians into the spotlight and the Family Concert with the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra will excite and inspire the next Generation of music audiences. Festival favourites The John Wilson Orchestra swing back into town with A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein and theatre troupe Oddsocks cross the Generational gap with their unique and modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
For jazz lovers, they have the young and energetic Alex Mendham & His Orchestra and Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Tim Garland. For lovers of classical chamber music, The Gould Piano Trio and Kamus String Quartet honour past generations and introduce us to an exciting new Generation of composers. And for those looking for something a little bit different, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan presents a lunchtime concert featuring songs based on his funny, poignant and witty Early Stroll Tweets.
Join Harrogate International Festivals this July for their marvellous music line-up. To book tickets and find out more, visit

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ripon Cathedral Concert Society

The Ripon Cathedral Concert Society is a great supporter of our Festival Young Musicians, giving each finalist a family ticket for one of their Winter concerts, so we are happy to publish the following message from them in our blog:

Dear Concert Goer

The Anna Tsybuleva concert was a great way to end the winter series. But it is not quite over….... As part of the Concert Society’s support for young musicians, we are sponsoring two of the three spring concerts being given by the Vacation Chamber Orchestra (VaCO) which will be enjoyable and fun. VaCO is a residential course for seriously good young musicians and includes concerts in three locations as follows: 

Vacation Chamber Orchestra’s Spring concerts
  • Thursday 6th April 7.30 at St Johns Church Sharow, HG4 5BT 
  • Friday 7th April 7.30 at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stokesley TS9 5AD 
  • Saturday 8th April at 7.30 at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth DL8 3SR 
They will play two works for mixed ensemble and narrator by Richard Shepherd, the world premier of The Selfish Dragon and The Musicians of Bremen. The concert will also include chamber music for wind quintet, string quartet and works for mixed chamber ensemble for wind and strings. Tickets costing £10 (free for those under 18) can be obtained from Jackie Bailey on 07974 142484 or at the door.  

Summer drinks and concert on Monday 3 July - a date for your diary -  
We hope you will be able to join us on Monday 3 July at 7.00 in St John’s Church, Sharow when we will be launching our exciting 2017/18 Winter Concert Series. The evening will include drinks and canap├ęs and a special piano recital  by the young Serbian Pianist, Nicola Avramovic. The concert will include music by Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Gershwin. He is currently in the UK on a two year scholarship at the Royal College of Music. He will be familiar to Harrogate audiences having taken part in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Masterclass at last year’s Harrogate International Festival and performed at the Wesley Chapel in October. Tickets for the reception and the concert will be £15. 
Mayor of Harrogate’s Magical Spring Ball
As many of you know, the Catherdal Concert Society will be one of five charities to benefit from the Mayor of Harrogate’s Magical Spring Ball taking place on 8 April at the Old Swan Hotel. A series of very generous donations have been made to the Live and Silent Auctions. Details of the 11 stunning live and 51 silent auction items and how you can bid are available on the following web site, where you can place bids for items in the Silent Auction up until midnight on 8 April . If you are not coming to the Ball, you can also make bids for live auction items by e-mailing Shirley McConville -  

Other concerts
  • Saturday 1 April at 7.30 Ripon Choral Society with works by Poulenc and Vaughan Williams in Ripon Cathedral
  • Saturday April 29 at 7.30. Stephen Hough piano recital at the Wesley Chapel
  • Sunday 30 April at 11.00 Alessandro Taverna piano - Royal Hall, Harrogate. Harrogate International Festival’s Sunday Series
  • Saturday 6 May at 7.30 Royal Northern Sinfonia in Ripon Cathedral - Ripon International Festival
  • Saturday 20 May at 7.30. St Cecilia Orchestra - works by Bach/Stokowski, Respighi, Bruch and Berstein in Ripon Cathedral
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