Harrogate, 1 June 2022
Harrogate Music Festival is bursting back into life this summer with a wide-ranging programme featuring world-class classical and chamber musicians.
The summer season launches in style at St Wilfrid’s Church on Tuesday, June 28, with Brodsky Quartet, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
The month will be peppered with classical and chamber music performances in a host of venues across Harrogate, with programme favourites including Kiev born, award-winning pianist Alexei Grynyuk, the Heathcliff Trio and the welcome return of orchestral music with the Amici Ensemble in our Festival Finale.
To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee , the Armonico Consort‘s five star choir and Baroque players will recreate the highlights of the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II in a unique concert performance hosted by former ITV News Royal Correspondent Nicholas Owen. The Armonicos also appear with drinks aficionado Oz Clark as they investigate the highs and lows of the relationship between gin, music and humans over the centuries in Gin & Phonic in the unique venue of the Spiegeltent, which also plays host to Silas Bassa who is usually to be found at the top of the French classical charts.
For lovers of laughs and Shakespeare, the brilliant Oddsocks Productions will be returning with their unique interpretation of the Bard’s work, this time a double helping of Hamlet the Comedy, to RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Bring your picnics and settle in for a spectacular show in in equally beautiful surroundings.
Our Young Musicians Platform has long provided a springboard for the great artists of the future from Lesley Garret, Emma Johnson and Julian Lloyd Webber to Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith and this year is no different, with a host of international young performers across the programme including cellist Ben Tarlton and violinist Charlotte Saluste Bridoux, others to watch are guitarist Kevin Loh and pianist Frederic Bager.
For nine nights Spiegeltent, the quirky travelling performance venue synonymous with the Music Festival, will host a heady collection of world music groups and solo artists. The lavishly decorated venue will welcome rising star Jo Harrop fresh from Ronnie Scott’s, returning favourites Benoit & The Hot Club with a velvet evening of swing and jazz, urban equatorial funk band Kasai Masai, and the 9-piece Afro-funk band London Afrobeat Club.
Clive Wilson, in his introduction to the first Harrogate Festival of Arts and Sciences in 1966, wrote “the Festival must been seen as a developing thing, widening its scope and perhaps shifting its emphasis as the years go by.” Harrogate International Festivals certainly looks very different to how it did over 50 years ago, but our classical and chamber music programme remains at the heart of the Festival. From our Young Musician series to showcasing the work of globally acclaimed artists, we’re proud of our history of supporting and celebrating the work of musicians at all stages of their careers. After two years away, we’re ecstatic to be back and continuing our work of bringing incredible musicians to Harrogate.
The 2022 Harrogate Music Festival and Spiegeltent Programme includes:
Brodsky Quartet | St Wilfrid’s Church | Tuesday 28 June
Graeme Park | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Thursday 30 June
Benoit & The Hot Club | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Friday 1 July
Kasai Masai | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Saturday 2 July
Young Musician Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin)| Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Sunday 3 July
Silas Bassa | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Sunday 3 July
Jo Harrop | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Sunday 3 July
Armonico Consort and Oz Clarke with Gin & Phonic | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Monday 4 July
The Gypsy Queens | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Tuesday 5 July
Oddsocks Productions | Hamlet The Comedy | RHS Harlow Carr | Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 July
Young Musician Frederic Bager (piano) | Wesley Chapel | Wednesday 6 July
House of Burlesque & Silent Disco | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Thursday 7 July
London Afrobeat Collective | Spiegeltent, Crescent Gardens | Friday 8 July
Young Musician Ben Tarlton (cello) | St Wilfrid’s Church | Friday 15 July
Armonico Consort | Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II | St Wilfrid’s Church | Friday 15 July
Alexei Grynyuk | Wesley Chapel | Saturday 16 July
Young Musician Kevin Loh (classical guitar) | Wesley Chapel | Tuesday 26 July
Heathcliff Trio | Wesley Chapel | Wednesday 27 July
Festival Finale with the Amici Ensemble | Royal Hall | Thursday 28 July