Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
3:24 PM 19th December 2020

Ryedale Festival Launch Christmas Ryestream

From Friday 18th December, Ryedale Festival’s special Christmas RyeStream will be available to enjoy at your leisure over the Christmas holiday period.

An unmissable programme of seasonal music and readings, featuring the iconic star of stage and screen, Miriam Margolyes, and the ‘Yorkshire poet’ and broadcaster Ian McMillan, who has written a ‘Christmas poem for our times’ especially for the occasion. They will be joined by the Ryedale Festival Consort directed by David Clegg.

Margolyes and McMillan will read seasonal texts including those by John Betjeman, Clive Sansom, Thomas Hardy, U.A. Fanthorpe, Charles Dickens, Edwin Morgan and Clive James alongside Ian McMillan’s new Christmas poem for our times, I Saw A Star which opens

I saw a star socially distanced
from the rising moon
I heard voices softly whisper
Words to a freezing tune…

The Ryedale Festival singers intersperse the readings with some of our most popular Christmas melodies including Vaughan William’s The Truth from Above, Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, Jamie Burton’s arrangement of Silent Night and Tallis’s beautiful Videte miraculum.

The concert which is being filmed in the beautiful Pickering Church and will bring a warm Yorkshire Christmas to homes across the country through the Festival’s online platform, Ryestream.

The concert is free to view, but donations to support the Festival’s reach through its digital programme are warmly accepted.

RyeStream, was created to share great music from beautiful Ryedale locations with people wherever they are in the world. In July Ryedale broadcast its Online Festival of eight live concerts from three beautiful Ryedale venues. A compilation film is still available to watch.

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