Spring con­cert in Ripon

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 6/MUSIC - DAVID DENTON

Cre­at­ing an arts fes­ti­val in a small mar­ket town, with the highly ac­claimed Har­ro­gate In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val breath­ing down your neck, was a rather daunt­ing propo­si­tion, but it was a dream that be­came re­al­ity in Ripon.

Now 20 years later, and with the fes­ti­val hav­ing grown from ten days to al­most three weeks, the man­age­ment team are in cel­e­bra­tory mood, and have de­cided to pre-empt the Septem­ber an­niver­sary with a spe­cial ‘Spring Con­cert’ fea­tur­ing the Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia.

Con­ducted by the fes­ti­val’s, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Janusz Piotrow­icz, the pro­gramme con­tains three of the most pop­u­lar clas­sics. Open­ing with Beethoven’s over­ture, Co­ri­olan, and con­clud­ing with Tchaikovsky’s pas­sion­ately Slavonic Fifth Sym­phony, it has as its central work the Brahms Vi­o­lin Con­certo with Jennifer Pike as soloist.

It was 15 years ago she made mu­si­cal head­lines as the youngestever win­ner of the BBC Young Mu­si­cian of the Year, the launch­pad for a ca­reer that has taken her around the world’s most fa­mous venues.

It is a very at­trac­tive taster for the fes­ti­val’s open­ing con­cert by the Or­ches­tra of Opera North on Septem­ber 2; a re­turn of the Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia for the clos­ing event, and be­tween the two is an ex­plo­ration of the early 18th cen­tury com­posers Tele­mann and Louis-Gabriel Guille­main brought by the much sought-af­ter Dutch group, Fan­tas­ti­cus Baroque En­sem­ble.

Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia, Ripon Cathe­dral, May 6, 7.30pm. Tick­ets from 01765 605508.

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