Friday 17 March 2023

Italian opera, Monteverdi and more: the Northern Aldborough Festival in 2023

St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough
St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

The Northern Aldborough Festival takes place in the picturesque Roman village of Aldborough, just half an hour from York or Harrogate. The festival offers audiences the chance to experience fine performances in a rural village setting. This year, the festival runs from 15 to 24 June 2023.

It opens with Bampton Classical Opera in a double bill of one-act comedies by Haydn, La Cantarina and The Apothecary. Keeping the Italian opera theme, trumpeter Matilda Lloyd and her ensemble will be presenting a programme of music from Italian operas. The Armonico Consort with the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, director Christopher Monks will be bringing the festival to a close with Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.

In between, there is a chance to hear pianist Sunwook Kim (the first Asian winner, and the youngest for 40 years, of the Leeds International Piano Competition) in Beethoven sonatas, historian Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie, Senegalese kora (harp) player, Jali Fily Cissokho and a Young Artists’ Showcase providing a platform for upcoming Yorkshire talent.

The festival is also presenting its inaugural New Voices Competition. For the competition, young singers will perform live at the festival in the semi-final and grand-final, judged by a distinguished panel, headed by soprano, Dame Felicity Lott.

Full details from the festival website.

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