Day 430 - The Ryedale Festival

There are many things in life which are secret, even if they don't want to be. One such is the Ryedale Festival. The who? I hear you cry. Ryedale now hosts probably the largest classical music festival by numbers of performance in the UK after The Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Three Choirs Festival (which is, if you didn't know it, the oldest in the world!). It takes place in a series of stunning venues just northeast of York, perhaps the most striking being Castle Howard. Occasionally it has attacks of grandeur such as presenting Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in York Minster. The festival is directed by Christopher Glynn who, in his spare time, is one of today's top accompanists. There really is no nicer place to spend a couple of weeks at the end of July. They put out a number of lovely online concerts last summer and have just put out another week's worth. It includes a beautiful performance of the Lark Ascending in Castle Howard.

Check it all out here The Ryedale Festival – 'The jewel in Yorkshire’s cultural crown’ The Guardian."

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