This year’s Ripon International Festival is packed full of classical music coups.
The hottest tickets in the 16th Ripon International Festival look set to be the Gala Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Conducted by Janusz Piotrowicz, audiences can expect an electrifying, edge-of-seat performance as he brings his formidable authority and limitless musical imagination to an epic programme.
On the bill at Ripon Cathedral on September 7 will be Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Slavonic Dances, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 3 (soloist Robert Ashworth) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no 4 - a work of blazing emotional intensity.
Another coup for festival organisers is sure to be the performance of world-renowned Wagnerian bass, opera star Sir John Tomlinson, in Michelangelo in Song at Holy Trinity Church on September 13.
He will share the stage with the pianist, David Owen Norris in a costumed and semi-staged performance of Michelangelo’s sonnets set to music by Britten, Wolf and Shostakovich.
Tomlinson is still regarded the greatest Wotan of his time for his performance in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the composer’s “home” in Bayreuth.
Other classical highlights include Raphael Wallfisch playing the Bach Cello Suites on September 11 and Royal Northern Sinfonia performing Mendelssohn’s scintillating Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven’s violin concerto with the sensational young soloist, Alexandra Soumm, and Brahms’ ravishing First Symphony in Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Saturday, September 21.
The Queen bestowed the title of ‘Royal’ on Northern Sinfonia in 2013 recognising it internationally as one of the UK’s finest orchestras – the first time any UK orchestra has been so honoured for over 20 years.
From baroque to folk to theatre, this year’s Ripon International Festival continues its tradition of presenting a variety of arts in all its glory.
There’s a production by Box Tale Soup of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale Alice in Wonderland. Famed for their amazing puppets and props, the show features TV starring Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne.
There’s also an illustrated talk by a veteran of the British rock guitar - Mo Foster - who has recorded with just about every great rock star (Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Brian May, Ringo Starr and more) plus a show with Dimitris Dekavallas guitar, and much more.
Tickets are available at the box office on 01765 603994/605508 and 04123 502116 or book online at www.riponinternationalfestival.com