News about Ripon Concerts 2020/21

Due to Covid 19, it will not be possible to hold the three concerts planned for this spring. But preparations are underway to put together a new Concert Series starting in October 2021, based, where possible, on the artists that had been lined up for 2020/21.

Meanwhile, you can access a series of locally based concerts in our Other Concerts section (click the title to go to their websites). They include Ryestream - the best of Ryedale Festival, Northern Aldborough's Lockdown Island Discs, Harrogate Festivals' Playlist and Leeds Lieder's Watch and Listen and six stunning organ recitals given by Tim Harper at Ripon Cathedral.

A new book to raise funds for musicians
by Roger Higson and Roger Chapman


Roger Higson and artist Roger Chapman have written "From Duet to Decet" to support musicians, whose livelihoods have been shattered by the Covid 19 pandemic.

This light-hearted introduction to chamber music gives you everything you need to know to enjoy the chamber concert experience.

Find out about musical instruments, ensembles, composers, famous chamber works, venues, music societies, music festivals and much more.

"Informative, entertaining, and thoroughly useful. Just wish we could have had it two years ago when we started to get interested." JA

We wrote the book because we and very many music societies around the country have had to cancel our concerts and very aware of the financial hardship that so many of our musicians have been facing. We felt that this would be a good way of supporting them as well as spreading the message about the joys of chamber music.

Written to support musicians - 76 illustrated pages

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to Help Musicians UK – (formerly The Musicians Benevolent Fund)

ONLY £12 (incl. post and packing)

About Ripon Concerts

Ripon Concerts was founded in 1993 as the Cathedral Concert Society and is a Registered Charity. The Society:

In normal times the six concerts in our season give the opportunity for members and ticket buyers to experience high quality live chamber music. For some people, this is a first-time experience and even seasoned concert goers enjoy hearing unfamiliar repertoire and new compositions. We not only engage experienced and acclaimed musicians but also encourage local and younger performers. Young people attend concerts at heavily discounted prices and children of school age attend free of charge.


Members are constitutionally important to maintain our charity status, and financially to enable the continuing success of our concerts. Even in these unprecedented and difficult times Members are invited to maintain their support at a nominal rate in order to fund fixed costs. In the hope that some concerts will be possible in the New Year, members will receive a discount on subscriptions and two free guest tickets per concert.

Single membership£10 per head
Joint with partner£18 joint

If you would prefer to pay by cheque or by bank transfer, please download the subscription Form.

Make a Donation

We ask members to be generous once again by making donations to fund concert and development costs for the future. We realise that this is a big ask in such uncertain times but are optimistic that we will get going again and be able to enjoy some wonderful music.

Donate to the Ripon Concerts

Ripon Concerts is the trading name of the Cathedral Concert Society
Registered Charity No. 1163277

© 2021 Cathedral Concerts Society | Header image courtesy of Ripon Cathedral

Recitals and chamber music from international artists in Ripon


Other Concerts

Harrogate Festival 2021
Instead of the usual weeks of concerts, the whole classical music festival took place on a single day with concerts at tthe Old Swan Hotel morning afternoon and evening.
15 July

Swaledale Festival 2021
Instead of the usual festival fortnight this year they are giving a concert (twice) every so often. Worth checking out. First date is Lotte Betts Dean who sings for us next year.
15 July

Ryedale Summer Festival
Many superb one hour recitals, mostly at the far end of Ryedale, each given twice on the same day. All will be streamed as well. Booking essential.
17 July - 31 July

Wesley Chapel Lunchtime Recital in Harrogate
Steven Osborne in piano music by Debussy. Tickets from
19 July