It’s officially festival time and we’ve put together a Festival Playlist of some of the amazing music and musicians that we have coming up throughout the Summer!

Our opening weekend features Artist in Residence Armonico Consort performing Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 by candlelight, a unique pairing of music and wine with Britain’s favourite wine critic Oz Clark. The first concert in our acclaimed Young Musicians Series features Savitri Grier (violin) performing violin sonatas from Mozart and Enescu. Then Grammy-award winning British saxophonist Tim Garland performs music from his award winning album One.

Week Two features Young Musicians Trio Volant and Maria Marshall (cello) performing music from Brahms, Sibelius and Rossini and more, and the European Union Chamber Orchestra explores our theme of “Generations” with BBC Young Musician Finalist Benjamin Goldscheider on French Horn. The orchestra will perform music from Father & Son composers, Leopold & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Michael & Joseph Haydn.

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan presents a performance of Early Stroll Songs and the internationally acclaimed Gould Piano Trio present music from Beethoven and two newly commissioned pieces by Mark Simpson and Gareth Williams.  We welcome the San Jose Symphonic Choir all the way from Silicon Valley and on 9th July, we host a very special concert with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Van Kuijk Quartet and Annelien Van Wauwe. This performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Week Three begins with Festival favourite Oddsocks presenting their take on Romeo & Juliet and Young Musician Timothy Ridout performs Brahms and Dvorak. The John Wilson Orchestra returns to the Royal Hall with a Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein / Rodgers & Hart and the Kamus String Quartet present a captivating programme of Finnish music from Sibelius and other renowned Finnish composers.

Don’t miss our Family Concert on 23 July with Harrogate Symphony Orchestra with fun-filled music including theme songs from Angry Birds, The Pink Panther and Ghost Busters! 

The final weekend features a piano recital from Anna Tsybuleva, winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition with music from CPE Bach, Brahms, Debussy & Shostakovich. Acclaimed tenor Joshua Ellicott presents a personal and heart warming performance of “From Your Ever Loving Son, Jack” featuring music by Frank Bridge, Debussy and Poulenc. Grab your dancing shoes and join Alex Mendham & His Orchestra for a swingin’ dance event at the Royal Hall with toe tapping music from Gerschwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and much more.

Our Festival Finale is a rare and intimate performance by one of the world’s most iconic and in-demand singers Sir Bryn Terfel accompanied by acclaimed Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau. Songs from Schubert and Schumann will be mixed with a very personal selection of folk-songs which will make for a truly unforgettable evening.