Ryedale Festival returns to Scarborough

by Dave Barry

The Orchestra of Opera North returns to the Spa Grand Hall on 21 July, as part of Ryedale Festival, which is branching out to Scarborough.

Conducted by Renato Balsadonna, the 45-piece ensemble will perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures and two symphonies: Beethoven’s fifth and Brahms’ fourth.

The Elgar will feature mezzo-soprano soloist Kathryn Rudge, who says: “The Sea Pictures are an adventure, providing 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”, Kathryn says.

Ryedale Festival has a second Scarborough concert, at St Martin’s Church on 25 July.

Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini will present Sacred & Profane, a programme of religious motets performed alongside Monteverdi’s secular madrigals.

The concert will follow a talk by director Robert Hollingworth.

Tickets cost £25 for the Spa and £20 for the church; under-25s pay half.

They can be booked by ringing 01751 475777 and online at www.ryedalefestival.com.