Culture is thriving in Yorkshire – just as the Arts Council gives a £5.3million boost in funding for the county amidst a package of support for regional arts across the UK, Ryedale Festival announces the sell-out of additional dates for its summer season. With the Festival opening later this week (Friday 14 July) ticket demand has soared ahead of previous years adding to Yorkshire’s cultural success story. Events to celebrate the centenary of one of Ryedale’s most distinguished musicians – organist and composer Francis Jackson and a talk by historian Lucy Worsley’s as part of the Festival’s ‘Ways With Words’ series, are just two of the hugely popular events that have seen record demand for tickets.

Tickets are still available for many of the other world-class concerts on offer though. They include the Orchestra of Opera North playing Rachmaninov and Berlioz at Scarborough Spa on 21 July; violinist Chloë Hanslip and pianist Danny Driver performing Beethoven at Castle Howard on 26 July; and soprano Sophie Bevan and tenor Allan Clayton performing various settings of the works of William Shakespeare on 15 July in Easingwold, to name but a few. www.ryedalefestival.com

Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival, said: ‘I am thrilled by the very strong ticket sales for this year’s Ryedale Festival and the Festival is working to accommodate that demand by making more seats available where we can. We have a loyal and dedicated audience in the local area, but we are also seeing ticket sales from across the UK, as well from Australia, America, China, Germany and Holland in recent weeks.’


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