The programme for this year’s Ryedale Festival has been inspired by Italy, meaning a great selection of early music performances will take place in North Yorkshire this July.

The festival will open on 11 July with Monteverdi’s Vespers at Ampleforth Abbey (pictured). The concert will see four groups perform under the direction Robert Hollingworth: the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble will be joined by The 24 Choir, the Echoris Ensemble and, making a rare appearance, the Monks of Ampleforth Abbey.

Each year Ryedale Festival presents its annual opera, 2014’s offering will be a new English translation of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea by John Warrack, the festival’s president. Talks with Warrack regarding his work on the opera will take place prior to the performances on 12 and 14 July. Following its festival debut the opera, featuring Eboracum Baroque, will tour the UK.

La Serenissima are set to attend this year’s festival with a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Peter’s Church in Norton on 15 July. A unique triple concert takes place on 17 July, which will see three contrasting concerts (each 45 minutes long) performed three times, with the audiences rotating round three locations. The early music offering of the evening will come from The Marian Consort, under director Rory McCleery, with their programme, ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Golden Age of English Polyphony’.

Genesis Sixteen round up their 2014 concert season with a performance on 21 July at St Hilda’s Church, Sherburn of works by Josquin des Prez, Vincenzo Bertolus, John Sheppard, Tomas Luis da Victoria, as well as more modern pieces. Fieri Consort will make their Ryedale debut on 25 July with a programme entitled ‘The Passions of Venice’, featuring works of Gabrieli, Marenzio, Monteverdi and Willaert.

Towards the closing of the festival, Charlotte Barbour-Condini (who in 2012 became the first recorder player to win the woodwind final of BBC Young Musician of the Year) will perform with harpsichordist David Gordon in a morning coffee concert at St Mary’s Church, Ebberston. Rydale Festival’s finale will see The Northern Sinfonia perform the music of C. P. E. Bach, Haydn and Mozart at Hovingham Hall.

The Ryedale Festival takes place 11–27 July; www.ryedalefestival.com

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