Star of the operatic stage Sir Bryn Terfel, The John Wilson Orchestra, and Armonico Consort feature at the 2017 Harrogate Music Festival.
Delivered by Harrogate International Festivals, the month-long summer Festival runs in venues across the town throughout July. General booking opens at 10am on March 28, with priority booking now open for the ‘Friends of the Festival.’
2017’s theme is ‘Generations’. Brian O’Regan, Music Festivals Manager, explains: “We are celebrating music’s universal power that crosses the generations. Through our ‘Library of Live’ scheme, we are offering a limited number of free tickets for under 18’s to encourage young people to attend and try out new experiences. The Festival team is passionate about promoting classical music by inspiring the next generation of audiences, as well as supporting the next generation of young musicians through our renowned Young Musicians Series.”
Harrogate International Festivals has built a reputation for showcasing new talent. There will be a special concert featuring BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists at the Royal Hall, which will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Also, BBC’s Young Musician Finalist Benjamin Goldscheider will feature in a performance exploring the great dynasties of the Mozart and Haydn families with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Audiences of all ages are invited to its Family Concert, with the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bryan Western, which will feature music from movies, cartoons and even popular video games.
This year’s Artist in Residence is the leading choir ensemble, Armonico Consort. Alongside an evening combining wine tasting and music with TV personality and wine critic, Oz Clarke, they’ll perform Monteverdi’s Vespers in an atmospheric ‘Concert by Candlelight’ at St. Wilfrid’s Church.
Two new commissions will feature from composers Gareth Williams and Mark Simpson, performed by the internationally-acclaimed Gould Piano Trio. Winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, Anna Tsybuleva, will perform for the first time in Harrogate. The Kamus String Quartet explores ‘Finnish Voices across the Generations’, celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence alongside the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Jean Sibelius.
One of the jazz geniuses of our time, the Grammy award-winning saxophonist Tim Garland brings his Electric Quartet to Harrogate and the young and energetic Alex Mendham & His Orchestra will also swing into town. The Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, will present his short-form Tweets inspired by his morning walks, set to music by composer, Richard Barnard. Theatre comes in the form of perennial family favourite, Oddsocks, with their unique take on Romeo and Juliet in RHS Gardens Harlow Carr.
Brian added: “We are very excited to launch this year’s flagship Music Festival, which features a vibrant programme of classical music, jazz, family events and much more. It celebrates and honours the Festivals’ 50 year legacy and looks ahead to the next Generation of audiences and performers. We look forward to welcoming everyone this summer.”
The box office opens 10am, 28 March. harrogateinternationalfestivals.com Box Office: 01423 562303.