Spring concert in Ripon
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.