Opera North at Grand Hall

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Orches­tra of Opera North is per­form­ing at the Grand Hall, Scar­bor­ough Spa, on Satur­day July 21 as The Ryedale Fes­ti­val brings clas­si­cal mu­sic to spec­tac­u­lar venues around Ryedale and Scar­bor­ough.

Orches­tra of Opera North Grand Hall, Scar­bor­ough Spa, Satur­day July 21 at 7.30pm The Ryedale Fes­ti­val brings clas­si­cal mu­sic to many spec­tac­u­lar venues in and around Ryedale, North York­shire – an area full of his­tory and nat­u­ral beauty.

The fes­ti­val en­joys a large, loyal and en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence, the warm sup­port of lo­cal res­i­dents and a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most ex­cit­ing and en­ter­pris­ing in the coun­try.

The Grand Hall at Scar­bor­ough Spa is the east­ern­most venue of the fes­ti­val and the per­fect set­ting for El­gar’s Sea Pic­tures.

The con­cert also fea­tures Beethoven’s Sym­phony no 5 and Brahms’ Sym­phony no 4 in E mi­nor.

For its visit to Scar­bor­ough Spa, the Orches­tra of Opera North will be un­der the baton of Vene­tian con­duc­tor Re­nato Bal­sadonna, mak­ing his de­but with the orches­tra.

El­gar’s Sea Pic­tures fea­tures mez­zoso­prano soloist Kathryn Rudge, who pre­vi­ously per­formed this work with the orches­tra in Hud­der­s­field. Kathryn said: “The Sea Pic­tures are an ad­ven­ture, pro­vid­ing us as on­look­ers with mo­ments to ob­serve the scene, to hold each other close through all weath­ers, dis­cover an ethe­real calm, re­flect upon the mys­ti­cal qual­i­ties of the land­scape and to con­tem­plate the power of the crash­ing waves.

“At times the won­der of the sea is in­de­scrib­able, but El­gar knew so well how to por­tray it through mu­sic that cap­tures our emo­tions and imag­i­na­tion; that mo­ment when you look out and see the hori­zon across a vast ex­panse of wa­ter and it takes your breath away.

“I am re­ally ex­cited to per­form th­ese won­der­ful songs for the Ryedale Fes­ti­val with the Orches­tra of Opera North – for the first time ac­tu­ally by the sea. There could be no better set­ting for this song cy­cle than Scar­bor­ough Spa with its views of South Bay.

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