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In 1981 four musician friends, Geoffrey and June Emerson, and Peter and Alex White, had the idea of launching a small series of local concerts. This first Helmsley Festival brought together more friends and other professional musicians, and made an immediate impact on the town and its surroundings. So popular did it become that after five Festivals a broader base was called for, and the Ryedale District Council stepped in with the generous support it has ever since maintained. Events now range far and wide in the area to make a true Ryedale Festival.
Each year is different with performances given at the great houses of Castle Howard, Sledmere, Duncombe Park and Hovingham Hall. Church performances include many beautiful locations in remote villages as well as at Ampleforth Abbey, and sometimes York Minster.
Ryedale Music Festival
The Memorial Hall
North Yorkshire YO18 8AA
+44 (0) 1751 475777