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The Brunton welcomes Ryedale Festival for a series of digital concerts

Whilst venues remain closed, many audiences have been enjoying online access to fantastic concerts. The Brunton is delighted to have secured a series of digital classical concerts from Ryedale Festival. Working in partnership with Lammermuir Festival also, The Brunton is inviting audiences to enjoy this uplifting music from home.

The series opens on Tuesday 13 April with Rachel Podger, violin, filmed in the Chapel at Castle Howard.

Rachel Podger

Rachel has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. This world leading performer on the baroque violin plays stunning music ending with an arrangement of one of Bach’s great solo cello suites for solo violin.

Anna Lapwood

Anna Lapwood, organ is Tuesday 27 April, filmed at St Michael’s Church, Coxwold.

A conductor, organist, and broadcaster, trailblazing musician Anna Lapwood, made her TV presenting debut in 2020 hosting BBC Television’s coverage of BBC Young Musician. As a radio broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.  Recently she has founded and conducts the NHS Chorus-19, a virtual choir made up of over 1000 NHS staff from across the UK. The programme features music of Bach, the greatest composer of organ music of all time and is completed by music by Bruhns, one of his celebrated contemporaries.

Rowan Pierce & Christopher Glynn

The final concert is on Tuesday 11 May, Rowan Pierce, soprano with Christopher Glynn on piano, filmed at All Saints’ Church, Helmsley.

Rowan Pierce is a rising star in the world of Baroque opera. She has appeared throughout Europe and America with leading ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include 2019’s Edinburgh Festival with The English Concert and Ryedale Festival. She also performed the recordings which became the singing voice of Siena Rosso in the current British period drama Bridgerton.

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The programme includes gorgeous songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Grieg.  It opens with two stunning songs by Henry Purcell the quintessential English Composer.

Recorded in three beautiful locations, the concerts are available for streaming at home at £10 per concert (plus booking fee). Book online or by calling 0131 653 5245. Each concert is available to view an unlimited amount of times for two weeks from the start date. The Brunton Classical Online series is programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Following the success of The Brunton’s previous Classical Online series with Royal Conservatoire Scotland, The Brunton Theatre Trust were keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Trust said:

“Our first Classical Online series earlier in the year was very well received. Audiences in East Lothian and beyond welcomed a little oasis of calm and restoration within their day. Being able to watch the concerts an unlimited amount of times over a two week period proved popular. We are delighted to welcome spring with our next round of concerts, again working in partnership with Lammermuir Festival and for this series we are delighted to partner with Ryedale Festival.”

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are continuing to appeal for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to audiences in East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website.

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