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The MayFest Concerts

Pellingmans' Saraband: If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree
A celebration in words and music of Springtime and the natural world

St Agatha's Church, Easby. 5pm, Saturday April 30th 2022

Susanna Pell – viols

Jacob Heringman – lutes

with Mark Burghagen – actor

This concert, inspired by the beauty of Richmond’s most popular walk, “The Easby Loop”, will combine spoken texts and music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including poetry by Shakespeare and Spenser with music by Dowland and Byrd.


Early music specialists Pellingmans’ Saraband moved to Richmond fifteen years ago after twenty years in London performing and recording at home and abroad. After relocating they decided to quit air travel for environmental reasons and now only accept engagements which are accessible by train. Playing so close to home is always a highlight and they have a special relationship with St. Agatha’s, Easby having performed there on several occasions and made two CD length recordings in the church. They’re delighted to be back and their collaboration with the compelling York-based actor Mark Burghagen promises to be a fascinating glimpse of the natural world as expressed by poets and composers four hundred years ago.


“I was completely captivated by the playing which was exquisitely sensitive. . . . There was nothing showy or egotistical about it, but one was aware that these are musicians of the highest quality.”

The Viol

Generously supported by:
Alexe Finlay

Jo Green & Thomas Green

Theakston Estates.

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The Richmondshire Choral Society:
The Cantique 950 and Choruses from Handel 
St Mary's Church, Richmond. 5pm, Monday 2nd May

The Richmondshire Choral Society join with members of the Richmondshire Orchestra and guest soloists for a magnificent MayFest finale. Featuring the Cantique 950 by Mark Harrison, composed in 2021 in honour of Richmond's 950th birthday and choruses in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Admission is free, with donations very welcome.

Generously supported by the Rotary Club of Richmond, N Yorks.

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